April, 2024

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European Society of Breast Imaging Issues Updated Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Diagnostic Imaging

One of the recommendations from the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) is annual breast MRI exams starting at 25 years of age for women deemed to be at high risk for breast cancer.

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World's most powerful MRI scans first images of human brain

Medical Xpress: Radiology

The world's most powerful MRI scanner has delivered its first images of human brains, reaching a new level of precision that is hoped will shed more light on our mysterious minds—and the illnesses that haunt them.

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Physical activity reduces stress-related brain activity to lower cardiovascular disease risk

ScienceDaily

Over a ten-year period, biobank participants who met recommended levels of physical activity had a 23% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and the protective effects were even more pronounced in individuals with depression.

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SRU releases consensus statement on endometriosis detection

AuntMinnie

The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) has issued a new expert consensus statement that aims to improve the evaluation of endometriosis. The consensus, published April 9 in Radiology , provides recommendations for improving routine pelvic ultrasounds through additional maneuvers and imaging to improve diagnosis of deep endometriosis, according to the authors.

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Maximize Your Radiology Center’s Performance With Specialized Scheduling

Patient-centric scheduling can only be achieved through optimized radiology workflows, effective communications between staff and physicians, and, of course, through specialized schedulers. In this guide, we’ll take you through a step-by-step process to transform your radiology center into a high-performance hub of medical imaging.

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Google teams with Bayer to address radiologist burnout via AI

Radiology Business

"Gen AI can help tackle repetitive tasks and provide insights into massive datasets, saving valuable time," Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, said Tuesday.

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Biennial Mammography Over Annual Mammography? USPSTF Issues Updated Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Diagnostic Imaging

In finalized updates to breast cancer screening recommendations, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advocates biennial mammography screening for women 40 to 74 years of age and notes insufficient evidence for the use of supplemental MRI in women with dense breasts.

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Even AI struggles to work under stress, study suggests

Health Imaging

Apparently, it isn’t just humans who occasionally struggle to work under stress. According to a recent study, the performance of AI flounders, too.

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Annual Research Conference 2024 Keynote Speech: Doris Wang, MD, PhD

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

Doris Wang, MD, PhD, presents the keynote address at the 2024 annual Research Conference. In her talk, Wang will discuss how she uses focused ultrasound to treat tremor disorders, as well as her translational research in developing closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat gait disorders in Parkinson’s disease.

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Neuroimaging detects blast exposure brain injuries in U.S. soldiers

AuntMinnie

A battery of MRI and PET neuroimaging tests show patterns of brain injury in active-duty U.S. soldiers caused by repeated blast exposures, according to a study published April 22 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings may guide the design of a new diagnostic test for personnel exposed to blasts in training and combat, noted lead author Natalie Gilmore, PhD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues.

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Walmart’s experiment offering imaging at its superstores fails as retailer closes all clinics

Radiology Business

"The challenging reimbursement environment and escalating operating costs create a lack of profitability that make the care business unsustainable," the retailer said Tuesday.

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Mount Sinai Study Calls for Major Changes in the Way People With Comorbidities Are Selected by Physicians for Lung Cancer Screening

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 04/17/2024 - 16:12 April 17, 2024 — A Medicare policy requiring primary care providers (PCPs) to share in the decision-making with patients on whether to proceed with lung cancer screening is fraught with confusion and lack of evidence-based information, and may actually be undermining the purpose for which it was created, Mount Sinai researchers say.

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Study Reveals Benefits of Photon-Counting CT for Assessing Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Diagnostic Imaging

In comparison to energy-integrating detector CT for the workup of suspected acute pulmonary embolism, the use of photon-counting detector CT reduced radiation dosing by 48 percent, according to newly published research.

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PET/MRI may reduce unnecessary prostate biopsies by 83%

Health Imaging

A study out of China found most patients biopsied for prostate lesions did not have clinically significant cancer, calling the clinical ranking systems into question.

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AI-assisted breast-cancer screening may reduce unnecessary testing

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Using artificial intelligence (AI) to supplement radiologists' evaluations of mammograms may improve breast-cancer screening by reducing false positives without missing cases of cancer, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Whiterabbit.ai, a Silicon Valley-based technology startup.

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Studies lacking for trans breast cancer screening trends

AuntMinnie

There are limited studies that examine breast cancer screening trends in transgender people, according to a report published April 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. A team led by Millie Chokshi from the University of Miami in Florida found that while studies that do include transgender participants have mixed results, these participants had lower rates of breast cancer screening than cisgender participants.

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FTC bans most noncompete clauses, drawing praise from radiologists

Radiology Business

Others including the AMGA and the American Hospital Association have voiced their opposition to the rule, which is expected to be challenged in court.

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One on One. with Amy K. Patel, MD

Imaging Technology

From implementing artificial intelligence effectively, advocating for radiologists, and working tirelessly to expand visibility of both the profession and women practitioners, Amy K. Patel, MD, has been heralded as a ‘trailblazer’ by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It’s clear to see why.

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Mammography Study: AI Improves Breast Cancer Detection and Reduces Reading Time with DBT

Diagnostic Imaging

An emerging artificial intelligence (AI) model demonstrated more than 12 percent higher specificity and reduced image reading time by nearly six seconds in comparison to unassisted radiologist interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) images.

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Image Wisely rolls out new MRI safety course following slew of accidents

Health Imaging

The course’s release follows a slew of reported MRI accidents that have occurred in recent years, many that resulted in severe injury and some that were even fatal.

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AI makes retinal imaging 100 times faster, compared to manual method

ScienceDaily

Researchers applied artificial intelligence (AI) to a technique that produces high-resolution images of cells in the eye. They report that with AI, imaging is 100 times faster and improves image contrast 3.5-fold. The advance, they say, will provide researchers with a better tool to evaluate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other retinal diseases.

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Can ChatGPT ‘data mine’ patient reports for stroke registries?

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT-4 appears useful for extracting details from reports on thrombectomy procedures in stroke patients, a labor-intensive and error-prone task currently performed by human readers, according to a group in Germany. Such “data mining” by ChatGPT could provide an alternative to manual methods for building stroke registries, with the data being key to improving the quality of stroke care, noted lead author Nils Lehnen, MD, of University Hospital Bonn, and colleagues.

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Teleradiology medical malpractice more frequently leads to higher payouts, patient death

Radiology Business

Findings are based on an analysis of 135 teleradiology malpractice cases and 3,474 more in regular radiology, conducted by Harvard Medical School and published in Radiology.

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GPT-4, Google Gemini Fall Short in Breast Imaging Classification

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 04/30/2024 - 12:37 April 30, 2024 — Use of publicly available large language models (LLMs) resulted in changes in breast imaging reports classification that could have a negative effect on patient management, according to a new international study published today in the journal Radiology , a journal of the Radiological Society of North America ( RSNA ).

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Five Takeaways from New Breast MRI Literature Review

Diagnostic Imaging

In a new literature review, researchers noted key findings on the use of breast MRI in facilitating breast cancer detection for women with dense breasts and others at high-risk for breast cancer.

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A significant amount of imaging orders in emergency settings are inappropriate

Health Imaging

A general lack of awareness pertaining to ACR appropriateness criteria could be a driving factor behind the misguided requisitions, authors of a new analysis suggest.

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Loss of Smell is a Precursor to Cognitive Impairment in Gulf War Veterans

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

Many veterans with Gulf War illness report losing their sense of smell. Because anosmia is recognized as a potential early symptom of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, Linda Chao, PhD , of the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, has sought to identify if anosmia in GW veterans could be predictive of impaired cognitive function.

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French-led team unveils 11.7 tesla MRI scans of human brain

AuntMinnie

A research group based in Saclay, near Paris, has taken the wraps off what it claims are the world's first MRI scans of the human brain in vivo taken at a field strength of 11.7 tesla. President Emmanuel Macron has congratulated the researchers on social media. "The first images surpassed our expectations, giving after just four minutes, mind-blowing brain images without any artifacts, with superb tissue contrast and resolution, which represents a volume equivalent to a few thousand neurons," De

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Practice must pay $14M after table collapses under patient during imaging exam, jury rules

Radiology Business

The original inciting incident occurred in July 2014, when 58-year-old James Griswold visited the Connecticut provider group for a nuclear stress imaging test.

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Accuray Expands Global Training Center Network With Opening of New Facility in Genolier, Switzerland

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 04/18/2024 - 13:55 April 18, 2024 — Accuray Incorporated announced that as part of its commitment to advancing patient care the company has opened a new training center in Genolier, Switzerland, that will serve as the European education hub for radiosurgery and radiotherapy product training, and sharing of best practices and innovative techniques using the latest model Accuray CyberKnife and Radixact Radiation Treatment Delivery Systems and Accuray Precision Treatment Planning Syst

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New AI-Powered Ultrasound Devices May Enhance Efficiency in Women's Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

One of the features on the new Voluson Signature 20 and 18 ultrasound devices reportedly uses automated AI tools to facilitate a 40 percent reduction in the time it takes to perform second trimester exams.