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Dealing with a USMLE Failure

Ben White

This post is written for anyone who is lost and dejected after failing one of the Step exams. § First, I’m sorry that you’re going through this. The path to becoming a doctor is long and hard, but there’s something unique about high-stakes testing that adds stress and uncertainty. I know this may sound a little odd/dramatic, but I think dealing with a big testing disappointment is ultimately the same as any other grieving process.

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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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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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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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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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Radiology Micro Job Board

Ben White

It’s recruitment season, the radiology job market is hot, and there’s a lot of corporate noise. I’m thinking of maybe starting the world’s smallest radiology job board right here, open exclusively to a limited handful of 100% independent private practices. If your group is interested in advertising on this site (and also therefore supporting my writing), email me at ben@benwhite.com.

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MR elastography effective for assessing liver stiffness in children

AuntMinnie

MR elastography (MRE) is an effective technique for noninvasive monitoring of liver stiffness -- a surrogate for fibrosis -- in children and young adults with autoimmune liver disease, researchers have reported. A team led by first author Jonathan Dillman, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center in Ohio found that MRE liver stiffness measurements were elevated in children and young adults with autoimmune liver disease.

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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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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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Private equity backed radiology provider Rayus partners with AI startup to launch nationwide whole body MRI offering

Radiology Business

Ezra charges $950 to $2,500 for exams of healthy individuals and analyzes them with its FDA-cleared software to diagnose cancer and other conditions.

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Radiologist consultation improves patients' LCS attitudes

AuntMinnie

Consulting with a radiologist boosts patients' attitudes towards lung cancer screening (LCS) and their interest in quitting smoking, researchers have reported. A team led by Alex Thomas, a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, found that a short consultation between radiologists and patients -- during which the patient's LCS results were reviewed -- not only improved patients' understanding of the screening exam but also motivated them toward smoking cessation

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Artificial intelligence tools improve skin cancer diagnostic accuracy

Health IT Analytics

A Stanford Medicine-led meta-analysis revealed that artificial intelligence algorithms can help healthcare practitioners diagnose skin cancers more accurately.

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Lumicell’s Cutting-Edge Imaging Platform Receives Historic FDA Approval to Illuminate Residual Breast Cancer

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 04/18/2024 - 13:44 April 18, 2024 — Lumicell, Inc., a privately held company focused on developing innovative fluorescence-guided imaging technologies for cancerous tissue detection during surgery, today announced the U.S. Food & Drug Administration ( FDA ) approved the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for its LUMISIGHT (pegulicianine) optical imaging agent and its Premarket Approval (PMA) application for Lumicell Direct Visualization System (DVS), together referred to as Lum

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American College of Radiology lays off 11% of its workforce

Radiology Business

As part of its drive to balance the budget, ACR also is reviewing “all programs and areas for potential savings," leaders told attendees at the organization's annual meeting.

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ChatGPT-4 matches radiologists in flagging errors on reports

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT-4 matched radiologists when tasked with detecting errors in imaging reports, with the study suggesting the technology may be useful for improving reporting accuracy, according to a study published April 16 in Radiology. A team at University Hospital Cologne in Germany compared the performance of ChatGPT-4 and six radiologists in detecting common errors in 200 radiology x-ray, CT, and MRI reports and found the large language model (LLM) was not only “on par” with radiologists, but require

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World-first microscopic stiffness probe could advance early cancer diagnosis

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have created an endoscopic device that can 3D image the stiffness of individual biological cells and complex organisms, a discovery that could help doctors discover and treat cancer earlier.

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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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GPT-4 can detect radiology report errors at the same rate as members of the specialty

Radiology Business

“This efficiency in detecting errors may hint at a future where AI can help optimize the workflow within radiology departments," a lead author of the study said.

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ACR lays off 11% of workforce

AuntMinnie

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has laid off 11% of its workforce -- which translates to roughly 55 of its 500 staff members -- according to a statement released by the organization. "After a thorough review, the American College of Radiology (ACR) made the difficult decision to reduce its workforce by approximately 11% to enhance the College's strong financial foundation as it continues to serve and advocate for its 40,000 members and their patients," ACR CEO William T.

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Novel Ultrasound-Launched Targeted Nanoparticle Eliminates Biofilm and Bacterial Infection

MedImaging Ultrasound

A novel ultrasound-launched targeted nanoparticle has been shown to universally destroy biofilms, target specific bacteria, administer antibiotics, and eliminate bacteria.

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Leading Institutions Enroll First Alzheimer’s Patients Receiving Amyloid-Targeting Therapy in CARE PMR Study

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 04/17/2024 - 16:02 April 17, 2024 — Hyperfine, Inc. , a groundbreaking health technology company that has redefined brain imaging with the first FDA -cleared portable magnetic resonance ( MR ) brain imaging system— the Swoop system—announced that the first patients have been enrolled in the CARE PMR (Capturing ARIA Risk Equitably with Portable MR) observational study.

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US Senators continue their push for radiologist Medicare pay reform

Radiology Business

Lawmakers held a hearing on this topic April 11, titled “Bolstering Chronic Care through Medicare Physician Payment," featuring testimony multiple medical specialty societies.

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POCUS used widely in lung ultrasound applications

AuntMinnie

Some of the top "domains" of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) incorporate the technology into lung ultrasound applications, according to research published in the Journal of Radiology Nursing. A team led by the POCUS Certification Academy, part of Inteleos in Rockville, MD, published a list of the top 25 POCUS community-defined practice domains, dubbed “POCUS25.

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New Cone Beam CT Imaging Orthopedics Course Approved for ASRT Continuing Education Credits

CurveBeam AI

Radvant Education, a continuing education platform for healthcare professionals, announced it has launched a new course. The “CBCT Imaging Technologist Orthopedics Course” is designed to provide comprehensive education to healthcare professionals in the orthopedic field specializing in Cone Beam CT Imaging. Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 15.5 Continuing Education (CE) credits, this innovative course sets a new standard in orthopedic imaging ed

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Dr. William Donovan Receives Thorwarth Award for Radiology Leadership

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 04/18/2024 - 13:39 April 18, 2024 — The American College of Radiology ( ACR ) Economics and Health Policy Department has selected William Donovan, MD, FACR, MPH , as the 2024 recipient of the William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, Award. Dr. Donovan received the award at ACR 2024 , the College’s annual meeting. This honor recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the field of health policy and economics for radiology.

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Highlights from RBMA's 2024 PaRADigm annual meeting in Las Vegas

Radiology Business

Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) President Christopher Crancer shared some early highlights from the group's 2024 PaRADigm annual meeting in Las Vegas. "We have a very engaged membership," he said.

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IMV: Nuclear medicine procedure volumes decrease

AuntMinnie

Davin Korstjens of IMV Medical Information Division. Total nuclear medicine patient study volumes decreased by 5.7% between 2021 and 2023, with a 10.7% decrease in hospital-based studies and a 2.5% increase in nonhospital-based studies, according to the newly published IMV 2024 NM Market Outlook Report. Two-year compound annual growth rates (CAGR) between 2021 and 2023 show an overall average 2.9% decrease in total procedures each year, with hospital-based procedures declining by 5.5% and non-ho

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Two-Part MRI Scan Detects Prostate Cancer More Quickly without Compromising Diagnostic Quality

MedImaging Radiography

A new study has found that eliminating the dye injection step from the three-part MRI scan for prostate cancer screening could make the process faster and more cost-effective without compromising on diagnostic accuracy.

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QT Imaging Announces Second Blinded Screening Trial Finding Its Technology Similarly Effective as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 04/16/2024 - 12:21 April 16, 2024 — QT Imaging Holdings, Inc. , a medical device company engaged in research, development, and commercialization of innovative body imaging systems, announced positive data regarding the diagnostic performance of QTI’s Breast Acoustic CT Scans for mass detection from its second blinded multi-reader multi-case study.

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Medical Imaging for Stroke Diagnosis

Midstate Radiology Associates

When a blood vessel becomes blocked, blood flow cannot reach the brain and a stroke may occur. This medical emergency can have debilitating consequences affecting quality of life. As a result, early diagnosis and detection are key for determining a treatment plan and lessening the chances of permanent disability. During the diagnostic process, medical imaging assists with assessing the blood vessels and surrounding tissue.

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Evergreen Theragnostics raises $26M

AuntMinnie

Evergreen Theragnostics has raised $26 million in capital through its existing shareholders and new backers Petrichor and LIFTT. With the funding, the Springfield, NJ-based company plans to advance commercialization of its Ga-68 DOTATOC diagnostic kit, and further its theranostic pair, EVG-321, into clinical trials. Evergreen also intends to expand its capabilities as a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO).