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Radiology patients are confident artificial intelligence will improve healthcare workflow and efficiency, but they’re skeptical of the tech itself and remain unsure of how AI will factor into the patient experience, according to a study published online March 14 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

On scans from several different MRI techniques, regular alcohol consumption correlates with regional changes in the brain as well as with various cognitive abilities. And those most sensitive to alcohol’s viewable and observable effects are men and individuals whose faces blush upon intake.

Over a recent eight-month period, children were not often called back to the ER of an academic children’s hospital in California due to discrepant radiology reports. However, the few who had to go back for a second look rang up additional charges to the tune of an average $2,289 per patient.

PET/CT with the radiotracer 18F-FDG may have met its match at cancer detection in two new “FAPI” tracers based on gallium-68. The acronym stands for fibroblast activation protein inhibitor, and in a recent trial the new tracers equaled or bettered FDG PET/CT on image quality, required no fasting and yielded images in less time than FDG PET/CT.

Family physicians as well as medical students appreciate the opportunity to bone up on radiology via online classrooms using the popular Second Life platform. And while doctors tend to immerse themselves in the process with somewhat lower intensity, all seem to readily take to radiology training with avatars and other features of the virtual world. 

Whole-body PET/CT with the standard radiotracer 18F-FDG is a dependable screening tool for catching many metastases, distant as well as regional lymphatic, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since October 2017, has been announced as the new acting commissioner of the FDA. Sharpless replaces Scott Gottlieb, MD, who unexpectedly resigned from the position on March 5.

When it comes to digital medicine, digital pathology is very late to the game. But its time is coming. And the benefits could be many: Bolstering the capabilities, efficiency and reach of individual pathologists, cutting patient wait times, streamlining multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTs) and offering more data-rich decision-making. It could even obviate a shortage of pathologists. Where does it fit into your strategic plan?

Once a child’s broken arm is on the mend, little to nothing is gained by having follow-up x-rays read by both radiologists and orthopedic surgeons, according to a study conducted at Case Western Reserve University and published online March 6 in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

To cut respiratory motion artifacts on liver MRI, have patients hold their breath at the end of an exhale rather at the end of an inhale. That’s the recommendation of Stanford researchers after testing and comparing the two techniques, and it holds for unenhanced and contrast-enhanced scans.

In Ontario, Canada, it is illegal to cremate a patient who has received the radiation treatment brachytherapy. Radiation experts are now calling on the province to change the law, according to a report by CBC News.

Authors of the research, published in the Korean Journal of Radiology, analyzed 516 published studies and found only six percent (31 studies) externally validated their AI.