A congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., was held by a panel of representatives from the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) to discuss how medical device providers are regulated and how standards can be better aligned to ensure patient safety.
Jun 22, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
With PET and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers have demonstrated that T cells can be modified with the antibody report 1 (DAbR1) gene to enable in vivo tracking for immunotherapy, according to research published online June 14 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Jun 22, 2018 | Imaging
A patient is suing Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, claiming insufficient measures were taken during a brain CT scan, allegedly requiring her to get an abortion, according to a report published June 22 by the Cook County Record.
Jun 22, 2018 | Imaging
A patient deemed too big to fit inside an MRI machine and sent home has filed a $7 million medical negligence lawsuit against Providence Health and Services, according to an article published June 21 by the Portland Business Journal.
Jun 21, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
An MR framework enabling simultaneous multiple parametric T1 and T2 proton density mapping—MR fingerprinting—can identify lesions indicative of a severe neurological condition in patients with a common form of epilepsy—all in under 150 seconds.
Jun 21, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
Researchers found that using a virtual reality (VR) headset was able to identify brain aneurysms with the same accuracy as matched reference standards, according to a study published in the online July issue of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Jun 21, 2018 | Imaging
A Long Island, New York, man was arrested last month after a handgun he possessed fired and injured him while in an MRI room, according to a June 20 report from the LI Herald.
Jun 21, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
Positron emission tomography (PET) has historically been an afterthought in musculoskeletal imaging for many logical reasons, but authors of a new investigation believe the method should play a larger role in managing these patients.
Jun 21, 2018 | Breast Imaging
Roughly 75 percent of breast imaging facilities in the U.S. do not have explicit policies for transgender patients and do not offer nondiscrimination training to appropriately care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, according to new research published June 20 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Jun 21, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
New 2018 guidelines for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) protocols on conventional and novel single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for nuclear cardiology practitioners has received praise from the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).
Jun 20, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
Valerie Powell, a program coordinator with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s department of radiation oncology struggled for eight years trying to figure out why a lump had formed under her jawline, with little help from CT and MRI.
Jun 20, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
A new molecular imaging system developed by researchers from the University of Illinois can show living tissue in great detail and may allow researchers to monitor cancerous cells as they progress inside the body.
Jun 20, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
Three international experts recently argued for a resolution to the salivary gland (SG) toxicity side effect seen in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients treated with I-131 labeled PSMA radioligand therapies (PRLT).
Jun 20, 2018 | Practice Management
When a draft report is available to radiologists, report production time may be significantly decreased and workflow efficiency may improve, according to research published online June 18 in Academic Radiology.
Jun 20, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
Mechanical engineers and surgeons from the University of Hong Kong have recently developed what could be the world's first neurosurgical robotic system that can perform bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery on a patient inside an MRI machine.
Outpatient no-shows for scheduled imaging exams can cost a radiology department at a standard U.S. academic medical center as much as $1 million in lost revenue per year, according to a study published June 12 in Academic Radiology.
A convolutional neural network (CNN) model performed as well as clinicians in classifying the area of concern in retinal fundus images and provided evidence for why those choices were made—a common problem for artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Jun 19, 2018 | Neuroimaging
A study, 20 years in the making, found that stressful environments for children and adolescents can have long-lasting impact on neurological development. The research—published June 15 in Nature, Scientific Reports—found that continued exposure to stress contributes to slower maturation of the brain during adolescence.  
Ronald Grusd, MD, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Monday after he fraudulently billed California insurance companies more than $25 million while also paying kickbacks for patient referrals from clinics in San Diego, the Times of San Diego reported.
Jun 19, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
Researchers from Sweden have developed a fully automated PET spatial normalization method for amyloid-β (Aβ) imaging that may reduce interpretation variability among readers and monitor the effectiveness of patients treated with anti-Aβ drugs—a promising step for Alzheimer’s research.
Jun 19, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
A recent investigation by Prostate Cancer U.K. has found half of men have been denied MRI scans to detect prostate cancer, according to a recent report by the Daily Mail.
MIT researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-(AI) based algorithm that can register 3D images 1,000 times more quickly than standard medical image registration techniques.
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) submitted formal comments June 11 to the Energy and Commerce Committee applauding the organization’s investigation into medical device vulnerabilities and outlined suggested policies to advance cybersecurity for legacy medical imaging equipment.
Jun 18, 2018 | Neuroimaging
Young video game addicts may have more than just a pair of strong thumbs, as new MRI research suggests excessively playing video games can have the same effect on children's brains as drug abuse or alcoholism, according to a recent article published by The Telegraph.
Jun 18, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
The semi-automated, quantitative 3D approach—joint space mapping (JSM)—detects small changes in joints and is both accurate and precise in measuring joint space compared to traditional two-dimensional (2D) radiography.
Jun 18, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
“This study provides strong support that vitamin D plays an important role in breast cancer prevention,” said co-author of the study Joan M. Lappe, PhD, in a statement. “It also demonstrates that blood levels of vitamin D for breast cancer prevention need to be higher than currently recommended levels for bone health.”
Jun 15, 2018 | Cardiovascular
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the current go-to for triaging chest pain patients in the emergency department (ED), but a recent study found the often-overlooked stress echocardiography (SE) may actually be safer and provide patients with a better overall experience.
Jun 15, 2018 | Cardiovascular
Machine learning can accurately predict survival after echocardiography by analyzing unique data produced from heart images and electronic health record (EHR) information, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging.
After multiple threats from President Donald Trump, the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) announced they will go-forward with 25 percent tariffs on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports—including medical imaging equipment.
Jun 14, 2018 | Cardiovascular
A new vascular imaging technique—coronary ultrafast Doppler angiography (CUDA)—can accurately and noninvasively map the intramyocardial coronary structure and quantify fluctuations in intramural coronary blood flow.
Jun 14, 2018 | Breast Imaging
Breast density measurements by radiologists on synthesized digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), or synthesized mammography (SM), exams are equivalent to breast density measurements found with a full-field digital mammogram (FFDM), or standard 2D mammography, according to a study published June 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Jun 14, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
"Our findings show that people have a strong desire to do something to address the threat of cancer and that they would prefer to receive a screening test that does not save lives rather than not be screened at all," said lead author Laura Scherer, PhD.
Jun 14, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
“There is a very poor relationship between changes on MRI scans and the presence or absence of low back pain," Martin Underwood, MD, a general practitioner and a professor at Warwick Medical School, told The Guardian. “If you get into the business of treating disc degeneration because it has shown up on an MRI, the likelihood is that, in most of those people, it is not contributing to their back pain.”