Efforts to curb the overutilization of imaging have been a topic of discussion for a number of years, spurred by the growth of imaging in the mid-2000s. But what can’t be forgotten is the value imaging brings to patient care. 

CT scans in the emergency department (ED) often lead to key changes in clinical decisionmaking for symptoms commonly seen in ED visits, according to a study published in Radiology. 

In light of increased use of CT for the evaluation of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism despite a lack of evidence that this has improved outcomes, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a new paper arguing that patients should be stratified into groups based on more appropriate diagnostic strategies.

Structured report templates don’t just improve the consistency of the structure and format of radiology reports sent to referring physicians. The templates also seem to prompt radiologists to better document data elements that are useful in helping guide referrers in making treatment decisions.

Researchers at the University of Maryland are conducting a clinical trial using MRI-guided focused ultrasound to target the globus pallidus, a structure within the brain that is related to Parkinson’s disease.

Many factors influence children’s grades in school, from the involvement of their parents and the quality of their diet, to whether they can keep the proverbial dog from chowing down on their homework assignments. Researchers have now found one factor that probably doesn’t have an impact on school performance: x-ray exposure in utero.

CT utilization in children’s hospitals is declining, possibly due to potential side effects related to pediatric exposure to ionizing radiation, according to a new study published in Pediatrics. 

For some, cracking their knuckles is a nervous habit or part of a stretch routine during the workday. Others are sure it must cause damage or lead to arthritis. But until recently, nobody was certain about how the noise was even created. A team of researchers turned to MRI for the answer.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved coverage of lung cancer screenings using spiral CT imaging for long-time smokers, a decision that many feel was long overdue and will lead to thousands of lives saved through early detection. But not everyone is enthusiastic about the decision.

Giving new meaning to the words “PET scan,” the Center for Image-Guided Animal Therapy at Johns Hopkins University offers a wide variety of pets access to advanced medical imaging.

In cases of frostbite or injuries to an extremity, imaging can offer information on circulation and the impact of treatment. Now, researchers in Baltimore are investigating whether indocyanine green laser angiography could replace Doppler tests or higher radiation imaging.

A new method of printing electronic circuity could have the potential to increase the effectiveness of MRI while making the process significantly more patient-friendly.