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Can PET help diagnose neurosarcoidosis?

AuntMinnie

FDG-PET imaging shows promise for use as a diagnostic criterion for neurosarcoidosis, with a recent case series illustrating the approach was effective when gold-standard approaches were not, according to a group of researchers in Berlin. “To date, F-18 FDG PET findings are currently not taken into account when making a diagnosis for possible, probable, or definite neurosarcoidosis,” noted lead author Jessy Chen, MD, of Charité - Berlin University Medicine, and colleagues.

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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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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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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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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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PET/CT radiomics predicts outcomes in women with cervical cancer

AuntMinnie

A radiomics nomogram based on F-18 FDG-PET/CT imaging could help clinicians assess long-term outcomes in women undergoing treatment for locally advanced cervical cancer, according to a study published January 30 in BMC Cancer. The nomogram was tested in women who had undergone radiochemotherapy and effectively predicted 3-year and five-year progression-free survival outcomes, noted co-corresponding author Ruozheng Wang, PhD, of Xinjiang Medical University in Urumuqi, China.

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Can Combination of mpMRI and Extracellular Vesicle-Based Biomarkers Enhance csPCa Detection?

Diagnostic Imaging

A multivariable model that includes mpMRI and blood testing assessment of prostate extracellular vesicles had a significantly higher AUC and sensitivity rate than mpMRI alone for predicting clinically significant prostate cancer, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO-GU).

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Lower shift volumes lead to significantly fewer errors for neuroradiologists

Radiology Business

When case volumes climb to 67-90 studies, error rates were 226% higher than those tackling 19 or fewer cases during their shift, experts reported.

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Use CT first to triage chest pain patients for revascularization

AuntMinnie

A "CT first" strategy is an effective way to determine if patients with stable chest pain need revascularization with invasive coronary angiography (ICA), researchers have found. The results could improve patient care by helping them avoid unnecessary ICA -- and could curb healthcare costs, said senior study author Markus Scherer, MD, of Atrium Health-Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC.

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The Radiology Report Podcast

Ben White

For those with an extra ~50 minutes in their lives, Daniel Arnold and I had a wide-ranging conversation on the newest episode of the Radiology Report podcast. The post The Radiology Report Podcast first appeared on Ben White.

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Breast Cancer Rates Increasing Among Younger Women

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Mon, 01/29/2024 - 14:21 January 29, 2024 — Diagnoses of breast cancer have increased steadily in women under age 50 over the past two decades, with steeper increases in more recent years, according to a study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The surge is driven largely by increases in the number of women diagnosed with estrogen-receptor positive tumors, cancerous growths fueled by estrogen.

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NYU Langone opens $170M outpatient radiology hub in former Sears store

Radiology Business

The 260,000-square-foot ambulatory care center features 30 other clinical specialties including cardiology, pediatrics and pulmonology, and will treat 400,000 patients annually.

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Breast imaging features tied to pathological findings in young women

AuntMinnie

Imaging features are tied to pathological findings in breast cancer among young women, a study published January 26 in Clinical Imaging found. Researchers led by Sepideh Sefidbakht, MD, from the Mohammad Rasool Allah Research Tower in Shiraz, Iran found that round and oval masses on mammography are more common in triple-negative and Luminal B cancers.

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Copious Coffee Breaks and Neuroradiology Errors

Ben White

Fresh off the press in AJNR : Lower [neuroradiology] shift volumes yielded significantly lower error rates. The lowest error rates were observed with shift volumes that were limited to 19–26 [CT/MRI] studies. Error rates at shift volumes between 67–90 studies were 226% higher, compared with the error rate at shift volumes of ≤ 19 studies. I wonder, are there any places in the world routinely reading ~20 cases per shift?

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Radiation Oncology Physician Groups Unite to Ensure Patient Access to Cancer Care

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 01/30/2024 - 19:43 January 30, 2024 — The largest professional societies representing radiation oncology physicians in the United States announced a partnership with the goal of reforming radiation oncology Medicare payments to expand and enhance access to high quality care for people with cancer. Leaders of the American College of Radiation Oncology ( ACRO ), the American College of Radiology ( ACR ), the American Society for Radiation Oncology ( ASTRO ) and the American Society o

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Radiology at tipping point with limitations of RVUs and the growing shortage of radiologists

Radiology Business

Melissa Chen, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, outlines some of the challenges practices are facing and possible solutions.

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FDA defines 'transparency' for AI medical devices

AuntMinnie

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sketched out details to help improve transparency in AI software product information, according to an article published January 26 in npj Digital Medicine. In a commentary, FDA scientists noted that few AI software products on the market currently include information that makes sense to consumers regarding how the algorithms work, and added that designs for product information should take a “human-centered” approach.

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RP vs USRS

Ben White

Radiology Partners is in the news more (especially now ), but here’s an interesting compare/contrast from S&P back in March 2023 looking at RP vs US Radiology (free account required). From that, an interesting chart for a bird’s eye view: Note: this chart is almost a year old and predates a lot of recent developments including RP’s proposed recent restructuring and USRS’s launching of its outpatient teleradiology practice Connexia.

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DeepTek.ai Unveiled the World's First Commercially Available US FDA Cleared CADe Chest X-Ray AI Solution Covering the Entire Chest Region at RSNA23

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 02/02/2024 - 17:02 February 2, 2024 — DeepTek.ai , a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for medical imaging, announced the commercial availability of Augmento X-Ray , a one of its kind CADe Chest X-Ray AI solution powered by US FDA Cleared CXR AI at the world's largest radiology conference - Radiology Society of North America’s ( RSNA ) 109th Annual Meeting.

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Patient-radiologist consultations, held in reading room after lung cancer screening, show promise

Radiology Business

Conversations last 10 minutes or less, with specialists providing a preliminary interpretation of imaging findings in conjunction with smoking cessation counseling.

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Could yoga help radiologists deal with burnout?

AuntMinnie

Yoga could be one way to alleviate burnout symptoms in radiologists, a study published January 31 in JAMA Network Open suggests. Researchers led by Duygu Sag, PhD, from Dokuz Eylul University Health Campus in Izmir, and Fahri Saatcioglu, PhD, from Blindern in Oslo, Norway, found that a yoga method called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) reduced psychological distress and burnout and increased wellness in physicians, including radiologists and radiation oncologists.

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Rare sea turtle with infected shell undergoes CT scan

Health Imaging

The procedure is medically necessary, but it also provides scientists insights into the Kemp’s ridley species of sea turtle.

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AI-Powered CT Technology to Help Veterans

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 02/01/2024 - 17:12 February 1, 2024 — Nearly 8,000 veterans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Now at-risk veterans will have access to AI -powered CT technology that removes the web of vessels in the chest CT image, allowing radiologists to see clearly and decide confidently. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Riverrain’s ClearRead CT AI-powered technology as part of its Lung Precision Oncology Program.

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Feds move forward with sale of helium reserve, stoking fears of reduced MRI access

Radiology Business

Imaging advocacy groups including AdvaMed recently implored the U.S. General Services Administration to postpone the deal.

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Thyroid ultrasound database may spur better diagnostic models

AuntMinnie

A thyroid ultrasound imaging database could spur the development of more effective diagnostic and treatment models for related diseases, according to research published January 23 in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. A team led by Xiang Li from Northeastern University in Shenyang highlighted that its imaging database can make way for developing more accurate computer-aided detection (CAD) systems to analyze thyroid nodule-related lesions found on ultrasound.

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Coding Changes That Will Impact Radiology Practices in 2024

Healthcare Administrative Partners

The annual update to the Current Procedural Terminology [1] (CPT) ® for 2024 has 230 new codes, 70 revised codes, and 49 deleted codes. In addition, there are 395 new diagnosis codes contained in the ICD-10-CM [2] update, about one-third of them describing new ways to capture accidents and injuries. Although relatively few of these changes will impact radiology practices, it’s essential to know what they are and adjust your practice systems accordingly.

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Intelerad Announces Three Executive Leadership Appointments to Drive Transformative Client Experiences in 2024 and Beyond

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 01/30/2024 - 19:50 January 30, 2024 — Intelerad Medical Systems , a global leader in medical imaging software solutions, announced the appointment of three C-suite roles joining the organization’s executive team led by CEO Jordan Bazinsky. Pete Srejovic was named as Intelerad’s new chief technology officer, Vivek Rao will serve as chief customer officer, and Erikka Buracchio will assume the role of chief people officer.

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Biogen discontinues Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, once expected to spur surge in imaging use

Radiology Business

Screening for the drug necessitated a PET scan, and individuals also required a baseline MRI within one year before treatment, with more to follow.

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Residents describe use of POCUS for high-risk pregnancies in Nepal

AuntMinnie

American radiology residents reported on clinical rotations in Nepal during which they used point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for high-risk pregnancies in a commentary published January 30 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers led by Rebecca Ward, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, highlighted that the residents’ time working with Nepalese sonographers was successful in imaging women in rural areas within the country, aiding in the fight against

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Study: Deep Learning Reconstruction Reduces Effective Dosing for CT Colonography by 83 Percent

Diagnostic Imaging

Researchers found the use of deep learning reconstruction for computed tomography colonography (CTC) led to 25 percent higher subjective image quality scoring than iterative image reconstruction at a substantially reduced rate of radiation dosing.

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HIMSS Launches Modernized Infrastructure Adoption Model to Support Global Digital Health Transformation

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 01/30/2024 - 19:47 January 30, 2024 — HIMSS , a leading advisor and professional society committed to reforming the global health ecosystem through information and technology, announced the launch of a new modernized Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM). The newly modernized INFRAM focuses on five key domains that drive measurable contributions to the value and outcomes of healthcare organizations: cybersecurity, adoption, sustainability, performance, and outcomes.

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Insurers claim No Surprises Act is not narrowing networks; radiologists disagree

Radiology Business

AHIP and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association recently polled 21 U.S. health insurance providers about their experiences with the landmark legislation.

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How can radiation oncology build its workforce?

AuntMinnie

Radiation oncology continues to experience workforce challenges, but radiology departments and medical schools can help spur interest in the specialty, according to an article published January 30 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. A team led by Arya Amini, MD, from the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, outlined potential ways to address workforce issues at the institutional level, including spurring interest among medical students and expanding into underserv

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3D Hip CT AI Model Bolsters Future Fracture Risk Assessment for Patients with Hip Fractures

Diagnostic Imaging

Employing reconstructed radiographs from 3D hip CT scans, a deep learning model demonstrated a higher concordance index (C index) and higher two- and three-year AUCs than multiple imaging models and three clinical models for predicting subsequent fracture risk in patients with hip fractures.