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Diagnostic Imaging

 

Athletes suffering suspected tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are often adequately assessed with clinical diagnostic tests performed in the clinician’s office. When these are inconclusive, diagnostic arthroscopy is the gold standard—and MRI is a generally low-value option due to its time and cost burdens.

Parents may start to reconsider treatment options when it comes to the effects of anesthesia on their children thanks to new findings from Boston Children's Hospital. 

Radiology researchers at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., have shown that infrared thermal testing is better than the human touch at finding wear spots and other defects in protective lead aprons.

After getting imaged, outpatients expect to hear back on the results within one to three days. If the wait goes longer than that, they’re likely to feel worried—or perhaps perturbed—and call in for themselves within five days, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

Routine follow up CT imaging in elderly patients who have experienced head trauma may need to be implemented into standardized treatment plans at a more cost-effective rate, according to a recent article by JACR.  

 

Recent Headlines

$10M awarded by DoD to make portable brain ultrasound battlefield-ready

The U.S. Army has hired a brain-health company to develop and supply a portable ultrasound system for assessing traumatic brain injuries on or near the field of combat.

Physicians enjoined to get out ahead of POCUS

As internal medicine practitioners continue to increase their use of point-of-care ultrasound—aka POCUS—these physicians need to clarify how they intend to use the technology going forward.

Emergency residency program learns from its alumni: Ultrasound among areas needing more emphasis

Getting alums of emergency-medicine training programs to evaluate their own practice skills can help directors of said programs strengthen their curriculum where it’s weak, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in Emergency Medicine Journal. Of interest to imaging observers, the researchers found that diagnostic ultrasound was one of several ER subcompetencies in need of attention at their institution.

POCUS up to the task of finding, ruling out pediatric forearm fractures

Emergency physicians armed with point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) may have all they need to diagnose children with suspected fractures of the distal forearm.

NYU study involves CT findings in diagnosing cecal volvulus

A recent study conducted by four radiologists at New York University assessed the utility of CT features in the detection and official diagnosis of cecal volvulus.

Ultrasound helps find seizure sites in neonatal brains

Researchers in Europe have combined ultrafast ultrasound with electroencephalography (EEG) to localize seizure sites in the brain microvasculature of newborn babies whose cortexes had developed abnormally.

Pediatric IBD patients imaged gently, accurately with MR enterography

MR enterography is an excellent performer when it comes to diagnosing active inflammation in children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially at the per-patient (vs. per-lesion) level, according to a literature review conducted in South Korea and published online Oct. 9 in JAMA Pediatrics.

MRI outperforms ultrasound in Zika-affected fetuses

The effects of Zika virus on fetuses can be better analyzed using MRI over ultrasound as the imaging modality. According to ongoing research by the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., MRI provides more detailed images that reveal more extensive areas of damage to the developing fetal brain.

MRI important in reducing re-excision rates in surgical management of HG DCIS

A study in the European Journal of Radiology suggests MRI could be an important tool in reducing the re-excision rates in the management of high grade (HG) ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), when used in preoperative diagnosis and evaluation.

Lumbar MRI recommended over CT for diagnosing pediatric spondylolysis

Lumbar MRI is a high performer when it comes to presenting pediatric radiologists with images aimed at confirming or ruling out spondylolysis, a common cause of low back pain among young athletes.

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