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What the Heck are the Rules in Radiology?

Diagnostic Imaging

A singular database of current rules, guidelines and best practices in radiology would be a welcome advance to ensure ease of access, consistency, and proactive prevention of frivolous malpractice cases.

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Radiology Partners and a “Comprehensive Set of Financing Transactions”

Ben White

Last week, Radiology Partners released an announcement that it was “commencing a comprehensive set of financing transactions to strengthen its financial position.” Setting the Stage Going into 2024, RP was already cashflow negative (i.e. losing money) to say nothing of the massive debt payments due this year and next. For a reminder of what was coming, recall this slide: But it’s more than that: In addition to having no ability to pay these loans back, RP told lenders they̵

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MRI radiomics shows potential in determining breast cancer HER2 status

AuntMinnie

MRI radiomics features can differentiate breast cancers based on human epidermal growth factor receptors (HERs), according to research published January 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Researchers led by Yuqin Peng from Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong found that their nomogram based on MRI radiomics can distinguish HER2-zero from HER2-low or HER2-positives cancers, as well as HER2-low from HER2-positive cancers.

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Meet the European Radiology Review Fellows for 2024!

European Radiology

It is an honor for the European Radiology Editorial Team to introduce the new class of Review Fellows who will join us at the ECR 2024 and begin their Fellowship under the mentorship of our esteemed Deputy Editors. Over the next year, our Review Fellows will take part in handling manuscripts, analyzing scientific papers, and learning how to make editorial decisions under the guidance of supervising Editors.

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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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Key Takeaways from Multiple Radiology Societies on AI Assessment and Integration

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recently issued statement from multiple radiology societies including the RSNA and ACR, researchers offer practical advice for evaluating artificial intelligence (AI) tools, implementing AI into current workflows and monitoring of the technology to help ensure optimal benefit and effectiveness.

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Elastography shows stiffness changes in breast implants

AuntMinnie

Shear wave elastography (SWE) could be used as an indicator of the risk of breast implant rupture, a study published January 20 in the Journal of Biomechanics. Researchers led by Laetitia Ruffenach, MD, from the University of Strasbourg in France reported that elastography can visualize breast implant stiffness as implants degrade over time, measuring rupture risk and helping diagnose replacements for implants.

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Neuroscientists uncover therapeutic potential of low-dose ionizing radiation for traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ischemic stroke are major public health concerns and leading causes of death and disability worldwide. A research team led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) neuroscientists recently discovered that low-dose ionizing radiation (LDIR), such as X-ray irradiation, can reduce lesion size and reverse motor deficits in TBI and ischemic stroke mice, demonstrating that LDIR may be a promising therapeutic strategy for TBI and stroke patients.

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What Post-Void MRIs May Reveal About Midline Radiotracer Activity on PSMA PET/CT

Diagnostic Imaging

Patients with localized high-risk prostate cancer and midline radiotracer activity in the prostate had over double the incidence of urethral hyperintensity on T2W MRI, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO-GU).

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International radiology societies share 4 key considerations when purchasing AI

Radiology Business

RSNA, the American College of Radiology and others shared their advice in a new joint statement published Monday across several imaging journals.

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FAPI-PET shows promise in head and neck cancer patients

AuntMinnie

In a comparative imaging trial, fibroblast activation protein inhibitor (FAPI)-PET/CT outperformed FDG-PET/CT in detecting primary tumors in patients with head and neck cancer, according to a study published January 25 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The finding suggests that FAPI-PET/CT could serve as a sensitive, reliable, and reproducible imaging technique for these patients, in whom detection rates of primary tumors are low, noted Bingxin Gu, MD, of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, a

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Low-frequency ultrasound can improve oxygen saturation in blood

ScienceDaily

Scientists have revealed that low-frequency ultrasound influences blood parameters. The findings suggest that ultrasound's effect on haemoglobin can improve oxygen's transfer from the lungs to bodily tissues. The research was undertaken on 300 blood samples collected from 42 pulmonary patients.

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Study Shows BPE Quantification on MRI Helps Predict Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Diagnostic Imaging

Researchers found that several measurements of background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI were linked to a 27 to 66 percent higher risk of breast cancer recurrence.

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AI Will Never Replace a Recruiter…Here’s Why w/Alden Galvanek

MRI Network

Cutting edge technologies can be a threat, a crutch, a challenge or a tool – the choice is ours. The rise of ChatGPT has once again raised the question of whether recruiters are going to be replaced. There are definitely ways AI can disrupt how we do things (and that can benefit us). One thing AI can’t generate is the relationship at the heart of this job.

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Breast cancer incidence on the rise among younger women

AuntMinnie

Breast cancer incidence rates have risen over the past two decades among younger women, a study published January 26 in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers led by Adetunji Toriola, MD, PhD, from Washington University in St. Louis found higher incidence rates among non-Hispanic Black women ages 20 to 29 and 30 to 39. They also found higher incidence rates for estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, stage I, and stage IV tumors.

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Radiology community mourns the loss of Bruce Hillman, MD

Radiology Business

The Journal of the American College of Radiology founding editor and former University of Virginia radiology chair died on Jan. 9 at the age of 76.

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What Emerging Research Reveals About Automated CT Protocols and Radiology Workflows

Diagnostic Imaging

In a nearly two-year study of over 300,000 CT exams, researchers noted a 56.8 percent increase in the frequency of automated CT protocols for outpatient CT examinations.

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Cloud and AI are key to teleradiology success in post-COVID resurgence, expert says

Health Imaging

Increasing use of cloud and AI are among the trends observed by Amy Thompson, research manager for healthcare IT at the healthcare market analysis firm Signify Research, at RSNA 2023.

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Few ‘surprise’ patient bills are from radiologists, study finds

AuntMinnie

Out-of-network billing by radiologists – often referred to as “surprise billing” – dropped significantly beginning in 2007 and imaging claims are now almost completely in network, according to a recent study. In an analysis of billing trends, the rate of out-of-network (OON) imaging claims declined from 12.6% in 2007 to 1.1% in 2021, with the decline occurring broadly across imaging modalities, noted lead author Jay Parikh, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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Radiologist to collect $4.6M jury verdict in whistleblower case against former practice

Radiology Business

Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Consulting Radiologists Ltd. allegedly terminated senior staffer Brent Bullis, MD, after he raised patient safety concerns.

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Making the Case for Intravascular Ultrasound Use in Peripheral Vascular Interventions

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recent interview, Eric Secemsky, M.D., discussed an array of benefits for the use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in supplementing angiography for peripheral vascular interventions, current barriers preventing more widespread adoption of the technology and other salient insights from a recent multidisciplinary roundtable discussion.

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iThemba LABS ready to start production of Strontium-82 and Germanium-68 using IBA Cyclone 70

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 01/23/2024 - 13:47 January 23, 2024 — IBA , a world leader in particle accelerator technology and the world’s leading provider of radiopharmaceutical production solutions, is pleased to announce that the Cyclone 70 system installed at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences ( iThemba LABS ) in Cape Town, one of the research facilities of the National Research Foundation of South Africa , has been fully commissioned enabling iThemba LABS to start transferring th

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PET/CT improves diagnostic biopsy rates in lung cancer patients

AuntMinnie

PET/CT imaging can serve as a metabolic guide to increase the accuracy of needle biopsies in patients with suspicious lung nodules, according to a study published January 18 in the European Journal of Radiology. A team that included researchers in the U.K., Greece, and the U.S. studied whether F-18 FDG-PET/CT scans showing metabolic activity of suspicious nodules improved the accuracy of CT-guided biopsies, and the group recommended the approach based on the results.

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Nearly half of patients surveyed believe MRI exposes individuals to ionizing radiation

Radiology Business

Another 36% think that both magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography use the same technology to create diagnostic images.

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FDA Clears Updated AI Software for Lung CT

Diagnostic Imaging

Reportedly offering improved delineation of pulmonary structures and greater accuracy with computed tomography (CT) values of pulmonary tissue, the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered LungQ 3.0.0. may facilitate enhanced precision and efficiency with interventional procedures such as lung volume reduction and ablation procedures.

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InkSpace Imaging receives FDA Clearance for a 24-channel Small Body Array Compatible with Siemens Healthineers 3T Systems

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 01/26/2024 - 21:11 January 26, 2024 — InkSpace Imaging , a leader in innovative diagnostic medical device technology, is proud to announce it received FDA clearance for its next-generation Small Body Array for the Siemens Healthineers Magnetom Skyra and Vida series 3T MRI scanners. This new medical device is part of their industry-leading suite of MR coils designed to revolutionize the patient experience while enhancing efficiency in MRI scans and clinical diagnosis.

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Psychosocial factors influence mammography adherence

AuntMinnie

Psychosocial factors influence how women adhere to breast cancer screening recommendations, including attending mammography appointments, according to research published January 21 in the Journal of Cancer Policy. A team led by Biplab Datta, PhD, from Augusta University in Atlanta, GA found that women who are less likely to adhere to screening guidelines include those who are dissatisfied with their lives, those who lack emotional support, and those who feel socially isolated.

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Retinal imaging and genetics data used to predict future disease risk

ScienceDaily

In a new study, researchers combined OCT retinal imaging, genetics and big data to estimate how likely a person is to develop eye and systemic diseases in the future. They found significant associations between the thinning of different retinal layers and increased risk of developing eye, neuropsychiatric, cardiac, metabolic, and pulmonary diseases and identified genes that are associated with retinal layer thickness.

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Only 21% of healthcare leaders say they’ve implemented AI in medical imaging

Radiology Business

However, about 62% of decision-makers at the management and executive level said they plan to do so within the next five years.

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Bayer appoints Nelson Ambrogio as new Head of Radiology Business at Pharmaceuticals Division

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 01/23/2024 - 13:50 January 23, 2024 — Bayer announced Nelson Ambrogio as the new Head of the Radiology Business at its Pharmaceuticals Division, effective April 1, 2024. He will report to Stefan Oelrich , Member of the Board of Management, Bayer AG, and President Pharmaceuticals. Ambrogio will serve on the Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee and be based in Berlin, Germany.

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DCE-MRI determines women at high recurrence risk of breast cancer

AuntMinnie

Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) can help distinguish women with high recurrence risk of breast cancer from those with low recurrence risk, a study published January 23 in Radiology found. Researchers led by Dooman Arefan, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh found that quantitative background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) found on DCE-MRI combined with tumor radiomics could be an alternative to the Oncotype DX recurrence score in assessing breast cancer recurrence risk.

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Novel PET Tracer Enhances Lesion Detection in Medullary Thyroid Cancer

MedImaging Industry News

A newly developed PET imaging agent has shown promise in both preclinical and clinical studies for identifying medullary thyroid cancer, suggesting its potential as a theranostic tool in clinical settings.

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Empathy – A Critical Leadership Skill Often Overlooked

MRI Network

The ability to feel empathy toward one’s colleagues is one of the most critical leadership skills you can strive for. It boosts your employees’ ability to innovate, engage with the task at hand, balance work and life demands, and motivates them to stay with your company. Empathetic leadership means having the ability to understand the needs of others, and being aware of their feelings and thoughts.

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High-Frequency Jet Ventilation Safe, Effective for Percutaneous Cryoablation of Lung Tumors

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 01/25/2024 - 20:51 January 25, 2024 — According to the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) , high-frequency jet ventilation appears to be as safe as spontaneous respiration (SR) for percutaneous lung ablation and could increase procedural efficiency, especially for complex cases. “HFJV appears to be as safe as SR but had longer room times,” clarified corresponding author and 2019 ARRS Scholar Florian J.