Diagnostic Imaging

Getting an MRI can be an uncomfortable experience for some, especially for children that may be frightened by the loud noises and tight confines. Sedation is an option, but that involves its own risks, albeit rare, for young patients. KING 5 news in Seattle highlighted one hospital’s program to boost kids’ confidence when facing an MRI machine and help train them to undergo a drug-free MRI.

Foot problems have traditionally been diagnosed with simple 2D x-rays, but the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London is using new technology to scan feet in 3D while the patients are in a weight-bearing position.

Bombing victims need quick imaging assessment of their injuries, and nonmilitary physicians today, in an era where terrorism is a threat, must be prepared to handle injuries caused by bombs, according to the authors of a report on the medical response to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.

Those who suffer a head injury requiring an ambulance should be immediately taken to a hospital for a CT scan, according to draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, an organization sponsored by the U.K. Department of Health that provides public health guidance.

In the Tour de France, every minute matters. For riders who sustain what could be a serious injury, the only way to be evaluated and cleared to continue riding would be to travel off-site to a hospital.

Stanford University researchers have leveraged MRI exams to uncover a link between a student’s hippocampus and his or her ability to respond to intensive math tutoring. Struggling math students with a larger hippocampus demonstrated greater improvements in math performance after intensive tutoring. Read more at the link below.

Last week, an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology discussed an effort to eliminate the words ‘gross’ and ‘grossly’ from reports because of their multiple meanings. However, an excerpt from a report on General Surgery News’ blog may just take the cake for ambiguity.

Nearly 2,000 U.S. troops have had to undergo an amputation due to injuries sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan since the respective starts of those conflicts. While each of those injuries is gruesome and tragic, the advances in medicine brought about by their treatment are making their way back home and stand to help victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to an AP report.

As radiation exposure continues to grab headlines and patients ply physicians with questions, more providers are transitioning to low-dose imaging. However, the road to low-dose CT is riddled with potholes.