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Mount Everest has been in the news lately, as pictures of a climbers huddled in long lines have surfaced across the internet. Peter Lowry, a 38 year-old radiologist from Golden, Colorado, talked about his ascent up the mountain and how he’s dealing with the darker side of Everest.

Mammography clinics are getting creative these days in an effort  to make breast screening a little more appealing. Massage chairs and goody bags are only a few of the ways imaging providers are trying to make the experience more positive.

Utilizing the ultrafast scan mode for CT imaging in the emergency department (ED) can significantly reduce motion artifacts, reported a team of Japan-based researchers in a study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.

A jury awarded $11.5 million to a woman from Framingham, Massachusetts, in a medical malpractice suit filed against a radiologist in the state, which argued he was negligent in not adequately identifying a heart problem that eventually led to permanent brain damage, according to the Boston Globe.

“The risk of malpractice within the specialty is real, and in some respect, inevitable for most of us,” wrote Jonathan L. Mezrich, MD, in a new piece published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) recently published a new chapter outlining minimum standards for preparing, compounding, dispensing and packaging sterile and non-sterile radiopharmaceuticals that are part of state-licensed activities.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is championing bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday, June 5, that would reduce prior authorization practices found to delay patient access to necessary cancer treatments.

The approach uses a linear electron accelerator and naturally-occurring molybdenum-100, eliminating the need for a nuclear reactor or enriched uranium.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating a handful of healthcare companies over potentially using intermediaries to set up bribes with Chinese government and hospital officials to sell medical equipment, according to reporting by Reuters.

A 2017 update to LI-RADS included an algorithm for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) screening and surveillance on ultrasound. While HCC remains the sixth most common cancer, the clinical performance of US LI-RADS for diagnosing the disease has yet to be studied.

Adding MRI to mammography screening for breast cancer detects more cancers, but results in more unnecessary biopsies, according to a June 4 study published in Radiology.

“Factors driving the lack of gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in radiology and radiation oncology are poorly understood,” wrote Pari V. Pandharipande, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues in a recent JACR study.