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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

Guided by ultrasound, ROSE thyroid biopsies obviate do-overs

South American radiology and pathology researchers have reduced unsatisfactory biopsy samples of thyroid nodules by almost a third using the rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) technique guided by ultrasound, according to a study published online July 19 in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

Infant MRI strongly recommended for suspected cerebral palsy

Thanks largely to advances in neuro MRI, cerebral palsy—the most common motor disability in children—can now be diagnosed before babies are even 6 months old (in adjusted age, meaning going by due date rather than delivery date). The stepped-up diagnostic capabilities are key, as early detection is critical to optimizing effective intervention, the authors of a new review of the literature emphasize.

Effects of alcohol on adolescent brains evident in the fMRI-based literature

Teenagers and young adults who indulge in binge drinking put their brains at risk of thinning in the cortical and subcortical structures that process memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness. Such thinning may also contribute to heightened susceptibility to later alcohol dependence.

Ultrasound nearly blind to normalcy in parathyroid glands

Ultrasound is not up to the job of identifying normal parathyroid glands, according to a study conducted at Inje University in South Korea and published July 15 in La Radiologia Medica, the official journal of the Italian Society of Medical Radiology.

Cooling the brain counters damage, symptoms of concussion

Cooling the brain soon after an athlete takes a blow to the head may reduce the symptoms and extent of concussive brain injury, according to an MRI-based pilot study conducted at Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Sport Concussion and published online July 15 in Brain Imaging and Behavior.

JFK’s back pain revisited, imaging and all

President John F. Kennedy was only 46 when he died in Dallas on November 22, 1963, yet he’d already undergone numerous operations and nonsurgical interventions for his debilitating back pain. Had he lived in our time, he likely would have had multiple low-back advanced-imaging exams too—probably more exercises in futility, given the extent of the damage.

When it’s not the imaging target, colon cancer sneaks past abdominal CT readers

A retrospective study of 127 colon cancer cases preceded by conventional abdominal CT has found radiologists missed the cancers a fifth of the time.

Ultrasound recommended as first choice for diagnosing muscle hernia

Ultrasound has outperformed MRI in a small Chinese study focused on muscle hernias, prompting the authors to recommend sonography as the first-line imaging modality for diagnosing these not-uncommon sports injuries.

Radiology services sidelined as U.S. hospital is hurt by ransom attack

Cyberattackers seeking ransom from a nonprofit hospital in West Virginia won’t be getting any money, but the hospital will have to work with paper and pens until it can build an entirely new computer network.

ED slashes average MRI wait times with severity-based queues

After developing and implementing a tiered MRI prioritization system based on patient severity, the emergency department at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Massachusetts successfully cut its overall average order-to-imaging start times from 4.1 hours to 2.7 hours.