February, 2024

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Productivity is a Trap

Ben White

A little over a year ago, I found Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals to be one of the most excerpt-able books I’d read in a while. In it, Burkeman describes cosmic insignificance theory , the perhaps counterintuitive argument that I would summarize as, “You really don’t matter very much in the grand scheme of things, so stop getting so worked up.” You could consider the aspirational approach to be a form of happy nihilism.

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COVID-19 set back Alzheimer’s disease research

AuntMinnie

U.S. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research centers saw a 77% drop in participants enrolling in clinical trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study conducted by epidemiologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Notably, the effect was experienced most keenly by historically underserved populations, with a 91% drop in Black/African American participants compared with 71% in white participants, wrote lead author Elizabeth Shaaban, PhD, of the school’s Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (

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Can Positron Emission Mammography Have an Impact in Diagnosing Invasive Breast Cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging

Findings from a new pilot study showed that low-dose positron emission mammography (PEM) detected 96 percent of malignant index lesions and had a 46 percent lower false-positive rate in comparison to breast MRI.

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Annual mammography beginning at 40 reduces breast cancer mortality by 42%, new data show

Radiology Business

"I am hoping that primary care physicians see that risks of screening are manageable, and the benefits are tremendous," said Dartmouth's Debra L. Monticciolo, MD.

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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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The Transition from Wake to Sleep: Watching Cortical Synchronicity and Information Flow

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

The complex process of drifting from wakefulness to sleep is governed by the brain’s cortex, and new research from UCSF imaging scientists advances our understanding of this important phenomenon.

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Study finds strongest evidence to date of brain's ability to compensate for age-related cognitive decline

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that our brains can compensate for age-related deterioration by recruiting other areas to help with brain function and maintain cognitive performance.

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Mortgage discrimination tied to breast cancer outcomes

AuntMinnie

Mortgage discrimination is tied to breast cancer outcomes, a study published February 20 in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers led by Jasmine Miller-Kleinhenz, PhD, from Emory University in Atlanta found that living in a historically redlined area is tied to increased odds of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer in non-Hispanic Black women and increased odds of late-stage diagnosis in non-Hispanic white women.

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Early-Stage Cervical Cancer: Is MRI, CT or PET/CT the Best Option for Diagnosing Lymph Node Metastases?

Diagnostic Imaging

For the detection of nodal metastases in patients with early-stage cervical cancer, 18F FDG PET-CT offered a sensitivity rate that was double that of CT and 32 percent higher than MRI, according to newly published research.

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Making the Transformation from Analog to Digital Radiography

Everything Rad

Reading Time: 4 minutes read Four considerations to gain maximum benefits to workflow and patient outcomes By Tasos Strouzos, President and General Manager, Consumables Business Unit, Carestream Health. The benefits of moving from analog imaging to full digital X-ray are well known. Digital Radiography (DR) can help speed your imaging workflow, ease the workload on your staff, and reduce the dose to support a higher standard of care.

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Senators press congressional leaders to address radiologist Medicare pay cut

Radiology Business

“After three consecutive years of Medicare payment reductions, healthcare providers are at a breaking point," 32 bipartisan members of the Senate wrote recently.

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The AcT Trial: Tenecteplase vs Alteplase for Acute Ischemic Stroke

REBEL EM

Background : Alteplase, a class of medication that converts plasminogen to plasmin leading to fibrin degradation and subsequent clot lysis, has been the standard of care for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients that meet eligibility criteria. Tenecteplase, a modified version of alteplase, is being increasingly utilized for AIS due to its favorable pharmacological profile, ease of administration, and cost effectiveness.

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Scientist shows focused ultrasound can reach deep into the brain to relieve pain

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found soundwaves from low-intensity focused ultrasound aimed at a place deep in the brain called the insula can reduce both the perception of pain and other effects of pain, such as heart rate changes.

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Radiation oncology leaders talk Medicare payment reform

AuntMinnie

Radiation oncology organizations have come together in an effort to reform Medicare payments for radiation therapy services. The organizations include the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The alliance comes in the wake of cuts to Medicare payments for radiation therapy services, which the organizations say threatens patient access to ca

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MRI Study Reveals Significant Brain Changes in Adolescent Football Players

Diagnostic Imaging

In contrast to high-school athletes from non-contact sports, adolescent football players had a variety of brain changes, including numerous areas of cortical thinning, increased sulcal depth and decreased coherence of neural signals in the frontal and medial regions, according to newly published magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research.

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Philips Extends Leadership in Virtually Helium-free MRI With More Than 1,000 Systems Installed, Expanding Patient Access Worldwide

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 02/28/2024 - 19:52 February 28, 2024 — Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, today announced a significant milestone as it expands access to virtually helium-free [1] MRI to more patients in more places, with more than 1,000 systems now installed worldwide. As healthcare providers strive to deliver high-quality care to patients, at #ECR2024 Philips is partnering with its customers to improve productivity and access to more sustainable healthcare.

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S&P views Radiology Partners’ debt refinancing maneuvers as ‘tantamount to a default’

Radiology Business

The country’s largest radiology practice first announced the series of maneuvers, including raising $720 million in new “growth equity,” on Feb. 15.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

Medical Xpress: Radiology

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results, according to a study published in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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Continued cocaine use disrupts communication between major brain networks

ScienceDaily

New research provides new insights into the brain processes underlying cocaine addiction. The findings are crucial for developing new therapeutics and identifying an imaging marker for cocaine use disorders.

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Embargoed for 2/27/2024, 10 a.m. ET: Imaging AI yields opportunities, challenges in sustainability

AuntMinnie

AI yields much promise in medical imaging, but radiology leaders should be cognizant of the technology’s environmental impact, according to a paper published February 27 in Radiology. A team led by Florence Doo, MD, from the University of Maryland in Baltimore outlined strategies on how radiologists can better practice sustainability when implementing AI into their clinical workflows.

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Study Examines Links Between Mammography Screening, Breast Cancer and Unmet Social Needs

Diagnostic Imaging

Women with an increasing number of unmet social needs were 26 percent less likely to have mammography screening, according to a recent study of over 300 women with breast cancer.

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Nanox Receives FDA Clearance for HealthFLD, an Advanced AI-Based Software Empowering Clinicians in Assessment of Fatty Liver

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 02/13/2024 - 11:58 February 13, 2024 — Nanox , an innovative medical imaging technology company, today announced that its deep-learning medical imaging analytics subsidiary, Nanox AI Ltd., received 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) for HealthFLD , an artificial intelligence ( AI ) software that provides automated qualitative and quantitative analysis of liver attenuation from routine contrast and non-contrast chest and abdomen CT scans in patients be

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Radiology practice SimonMed doubling centers offering full-body MRI scans amid ‘exponential’ demand growth

Radiology Business

The private equity-backed provider first launched SimonOne nationwide in summer 2023, capitalizing on increased interest from startup firms and celebrities.

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New PET tracer detects inflammatory arthritis before symptoms appear

Medical Xpress: Radiology

A novel PET imaging technique can noninvasively detect active inflammation in the body before clinical symptoms arise, according to research published in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using a PET tracer that binds to proteins present on activated immune cells, the technique produces images of ongoing inflammation throughout the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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New study links placental oxygen levels to fetal brain development

ScienceDaily

A new study shows oxygenation levels in the placenta, formed during the last three months of fetal development, are an important predictor of cortical growth (development of the outermost layer of the brain or cerebral cortex) and is likely a predictor of childhood cognition and behavior.

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New tau PET tracer shows promise in Alzheimer’s disease patients

AuntMinnie

PET imaging using a newly developed radiotracer has identified different patterns of brain tau pathology over time in early-onset versus late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients, according to a study published February 1 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The study found that tau protein tangles showed rapid accumulation globally in early-onset patients and that this correlated with their verbal memory deterioration.

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Can Deep Learning MRI Have an Impact in Suspected Stroke Cases?

Diagnostic Imaging

For patients with suspected acute stroke, researchers noted higher image quality for deep learning-accelerated MRI, which can be completed over 11 minutes sooner than similar sequences for conventional MRI.

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Clarius Invents a New Way to Help Clinicians Instantly Identify Ultrasound Anatomy

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:19 February 15, 2024 — Clarius Mobile Health , a global leader in wireless ultrasound solutions , announces T-Mode AI, a groundbreaking educational technology to help clinicians who are new to ultrasound advance their image interpretation skills using Clarius handheld scanners. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the new mode enhances a grayscale image using distinctive colors, patterns, and labels to teach clinicians how to instantly identify anatomical tis

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Is Medicare’s appropriate-use criteria program doomed? ACR chief discusses what went wrong and how it can get back on track

Radiology Business

Radiology Business recently sat down with William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, to discuss the future of value-based care in the specialty and how Congress can help remedy the program of what ails it.

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Regulatory Issues Facing Radiology Groups In 2024

Healthcare Administrative Partners

We pay a lot of attention to government regulation in healthcare, especially the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that influences reimbursement not only from Medicare, but also from other payers since many commercial contracts are tied to the MPFS. Although it is the object of most focus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS ) is not the only agency that regulates healthcare.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

ScienceDaily

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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