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 June 13 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 Friday, June 15, 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.”
Jun 14, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
Researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center have discovered a new subtype of prostate cancer that occurs in about 7 percent of patients.
Jun 14, 2018 | Practice Management
With almost half a billion doses of gadolinium administered to patients across the world, traces of the imaging element have been detected in the waterways of many countries. A recent study has raised concerns of the effect on marine animals.
Jun 13, 2018 | Neuroimaging
For the first time, MRI has detected early signs of neurological damage in patients with high blood pressure before symptoms of dementia are observable, according to a study published June 12 in Cardiovascular Research.
Jun 13, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
The University of Kansas Health System’s new Indian Creek Campus now houses two fluoroscopy three-dimensional acquisition machines, which leaders of the system say are only one of four locations in the world to possess such technology, according to a fox4kc.com report.
Jun 13, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
Researchers from VU Medical Center in Amsterdam demonstrated that implementing amyloid PET imaging as a diagnostic tool in daily clinical practice and not just in clinical research cohorts may be associated with changes in diagnosis and treatment for dementia patients, according to new research published June 11 in JAMA Neurology.
Jun 13, 2018 | Imaging Informatics
Private practices face different informatics challenges than larger institutions, but Adam H. Kaye, MD, with Advanced Radiology Consultants in Bridgeport, Connecticut, believes there are a number of areas radiologists can focus on to show value to the institution and drive profits.
Jun 13, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
Several aspects of cancer-related cognitive impairment are currently unknown, including why it occurs, how long it lasts and what other health problems it causes. But the real mystery lies in the wide-ranging estimates of how many cancer patients “chemobrain” actually impacts, according to a June 13 article in the Los Angeles Times.
Jun 13, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
A multicenter clinical trial underway at UT Southwestern in Dallas is testing a new technique that would avoid nerve bundles and arteries commonly affected during prostate cancer radiation therapy in hopes of preserving patients’ sexual function.
Jun 12, 2018 | Cardiovascular
CT angiography (CTA), coupled with fractional flow reserve (FFR), demonstrated an ability to detect functionally significant lesions in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD).
Jun 12, 2018 | Leadership
GE Healthcare named Tom McGuinness its new president and CEO of GE Healthcare's Imaging business on June 11, according to an internal report from GE Healthcare.
Jun 12, 2018 | Imaging Informatics
Chris Roth, MD, PhD and vice chair of information technology and clinical informatics at Duke University Medical Center once led a enterprise imaging initiative that resulted in hard times for the hospital and himself—but he helped implement a governance strategy so his mistakes are never repeated.
Jun 12, 2018 | Neuroimaging
With the help of advanced CT imaging, researchers from the Netherlands found that smokers and individuals with diabetes may face an increased risk of developing calcifications in the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory.
Jun 12, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
Children with chronic kidney disease may have an increased risk of cognitive impairment due to major blood flow changes occurring in the brain, according to research published June 12 in Radiology.
Jun 12, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
Cancer researchers are taking notice of a pair of studies published Monday in Nature Medicine that found editing a cell’s genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 has the potential to seed cancer and may eventually generate the disease, STAT reports.
Jun 11, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
Intrinsic susceptibility biomarkers were found to successfully provide cross validation of the oxygen-enhanced MRI biomarker perfused Oxy-R when mapping tumor hypoxia in renal carcinoma, according to research published in Radiology.
Researchers utilized five different machine learning approaches to accurately spot lymphedema—a negative side effect of breast cancer treatment—which may help detect it earlier and improve treatment.
Jun 11, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
Though many single-arm studies using "surrogate markers" have predicted CT screening can reduce lung cancer mortality by 80 percent, randomized clinical trials with larger population cohorts have found such screening has reduced mortality by less than 20 percent.
Jun 11, 2018 | Practice Management
When one institution gave radiologists a programmable 13-button mouse over a two-day period, many preferred the non-conventional device over the traditional three-button variety, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Jun 11, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
A groundbreaking new treatment that involves a magnetic metal “seed” and an MRI scanner could destroy deadly brain tumors in 10 minutes, according to a June 8 article in The Telegraph.
Jun 11, 2018 | Care Delivery
A team of researchers from Auburn University in Alabama believe art classes can have a meaningful impact on the brain—which may lead to a deeper understanding of cognitive conditions such as depression.
Jun 11, 2018 | Advanced Visualization
Biomodex, a Paris-based medical device company, announced last week that it plans to open its first 3D human organ printing factory in the U.S. within the year, according to a June 10 article in Newsweek.
In a letter to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Lung Cancer Alliance and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons urged for objectivity in the upcoming review of the USPSTF’s lung cancer screening recommendations.
Jun 08, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
In a blow to Medicare patients with metastatic cancers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has rejected reimbursement coverage for 18F-sodium fluoride positron emission tomography (NaF PET) imaging.
Jun 08, 2018 | Cardiovascular
Paaladinesh "Dinesh" Thavendiranathan, MD, a scientist at Canada’s Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, recently discussed how cardiac imaging and biomarkers can significantly improve cancer patient care at this year's American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s annual meeting.
Current Medicare performance metrics favor radiologists in large practices and those in subspecialties, which may hurt general radiologists and impact patient care.
Jun 07, 2018 | Cardiovascular
Physicians practicing in states that implemented damage caps for malpractice claims were less likely to use angiography and more likely to use noninvasive stress testing in coronary artery disease patients.