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Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands recently presented in Nature Communications a newly developed spectrometer small enough to be inserted into a smartphone, according to an Eindhoven University of Technology release.  

As cyberattack become increasingly common incidents, healthcare professionals must push security to the forefront. In a presentation given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Jim Whitfill, CMO of innovation Health Partners and President of Lumetis, described the current cybersecurity environment and detailed how professionals can take steps toward improving privacy.

Nicole Murphy, MS, a medical physicist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and Christina Sammet, PhD, research assistant professor of Radiology at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and medical physicist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, targeted three main objectives in relation to radiation dose management at RSNA 2017. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay in radiology—and so are radiologists.

An analysis of nearly three million radiologic exams has confirmed prior research showing that physicians’ concentration tends to fall off toward the tail end of on-duty shifts. And yes, the diminishment in radiologists’ accuracy may be increased when they’re working especially long shifts and/or plowing through long worklists.


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Study shows low malignancy rate for clustered microcysts in breast

A new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology aimed to study the malignancy rate of lesions in the breast, identified as clustered microcysts, a common find on breast ultrasound.

X-ray reads of long-dead Londoners relevant to healthcare today

Radiology has much to offer in establishing general levels of health or illness in populations of the past, and these insights can meaningfully inform modern-day medicine, according to researchers who examined the skeletons of more than 200 adults laid to rest during the 1700s and 1800s in the crypt of St. Bride’s Church in London.

Reduced breast compression during DBT produces same results as standard compression

A new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology found that a reduction in breast compression during digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) will reduce pain for the patient and maintaining the integrity of the breast thickness and tissue coverage, while ensuring no clinically significant change in image quality.

AI detects Alzheimer’s-related brain changes 10 years before symptoms appear

A team of researchers have developed an algorithm that can spot structural changes in the brain related to Alzheimer’s on an MRI up to 10 years before symptoms appear.

MRI plays an important role in pregnancy-associated breast cancers

A recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology states that breast MRI may play an important role in the management of pregnancy-associated breast cancers (PABC).

RLI Summit 2017: What radiology can learn from pathology about AI

Most health systems already have enough clinical data to make more useful primary observations than any group of humans could ever connect the proverbial dots on. The good news is that machines are here to help—and they’re getting better at it all the time.


CAD algorithm proves its power in early diagnosis of lung cancer

A novel computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) algorithm has bested three un-aided thoracic radiologists at predicting malignancy in small lung nodules found on low-dose CT imaging, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in Radiology.

CT process mapping cuts outpatient wait times to 1/3 of earlier average

The radiology department at an urban academic medical center has cut its average outpatient CT wait times to a little over an hour, and that includes the scan. Prior to starting the project that took aim at streamlining CT processes, the department was averaging more than three hours in arrival-through-completion times.

Brain PET scans change management of patients with possible Alzheimer’s

Knowing the amyloid status of patients who have symptoms of mild cognitive impairment or dementia affects diagnosis and alters care management, according to the authors of a study running online in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.

AI will augment rather than replace radiologists: How and why

Projections of radiology’s demise at the hands of algorithms have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, not only will machine learning not take rads’ jobs: It will become a routine component of their clinical practice, making their work more efficient, accurate, satisfying and valued.