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10 trends to watch in diagnostic imaging

Radiology Business

“To achieve organizational objectives in an ever-evolving landscape, imaging providers must develop strategies to meet increased demand for services,” Sg2 experts advised.

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The Radiologist Shortage is Here

Ben White

It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: these are my opinions, formed from the combination of my biases, my experience as a radiologist since beginning residency 10 years ago, and my many conversations with radiologists across the country. You don’t have to agree with me. Not Enough and No Help Coming For today’s needs and today’s technology, we have simply produced far too few radiologists.

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Complexity of radiology exams has skyrocketed

AuntMinnie

The complexity of radiology exams should be considered a driving force over numbers of exams when estimating radiology workloads, according to research presented November 29 at RSNA 2023 in Chicago. In a study at a tertiary imaging center in Sweden, investigators found that the data in CT and MRI studies for radiologists to interpret increased up to six times between 2009 and 2022, while the numbers of exams “only doubled,” said Tomas Bjerner, MD, PhD, of Linkoping University.

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Can AI Improve Detection of Extraprostatic Extension on MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging

Utilizing a deep learning-based AI algorithm to differentiate between diagnostic and non-diagnostic quality of prostate MRI facilitated a 10 percent higher specificity rate for diagnosing extraprostatic extension on multiparametric MRI, according to research presented at the recent RSNA conference.

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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 impact of Medicare payment cuts on radiology and patient care access

Radiology Business

RBMA President Kit Crancer said continued cuts will result in Medicare patients losing access to care when health systems and providers determine it is no longer economical.

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Is scanning the axilla during diagnostic breast ultrasound necessary?

Health Imaging

Experts recently questioned the necessity of scanning the axilla region during diagnostic breast ultrasound, as new data indicate that it is minimally beneficial for cancer detection.

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Podcast: Why medical students should choose radiology

AuntMinnie

AuntMinnie.com · Keeping Up With The Radiologists - Episode 1: Why medical students should choose radiology Why should medical students choose radiology? In their inaugural episode of the "Keeping Up With the Radiologists" podcast series brought to you by AuntMinnie.com in collaboration with Penn Radiology, Saurabh (Harry) Jha, MD, and Mitch Schnall, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania speak with medical student Michael Duong, PhD, about his choice, and also discuss current trends and iss

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Bendy X-ray detectors could revolutionize cancer treatment

Medical Xpress: Radiology

New materials developed at the University of Surrey could pave the way for a new generation of flexible X-ray detectors, with potential applications ranging from cancer treatment to better airport scanners.

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Loss of autonomy a top concern among physicians working for private equity or other corporate owners

Radiology Business

Another two-thirds of physicians reported having little or no involvement in practice management policies, according to a survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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National Lung Cancer Screening Day Planned by American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Rounddtable, Industry Partners

Imaging Technology

christine.book Tue, 09/12/2023 - 19:04 September 14, 2023 — As part of a nationwide action initiative, screening centers nationwide are being asked to open their doors on Saturday, November 11, 2023, to allow individuals who are unable to take time off from work to access screening. The American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable (ACS NLCRT) , the American College of Radiology (ACR) , the Radiology Health Equity Coalition (RHEC) , the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Go2 for L

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Top 3 Medical Imaging Insights from RSNA 2023

Everything Rad

Reading Time: 6 minutes read AI tools to put to work today; and strategies to address staffing issues and operational costs. This year’s annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference came at what felt like a pivotal moment in the medical imaging world. After three years primarily defined by the pandemic and its aftershocks, we are solidly in the post-pandemic phase.

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Radiology Partners Enters the Lending Business

Ben White

This month credit agency Moody’s downgraded Radiology Partners again (surprising exactly no one): the first (and smallest) of its large debt obligations is due in 2024, they currently owe 10x their earnings, and they can only service these debt obligations through refinancing, which is challenging in the current market even before you consider the potentially tenous state of RP’s acquired practices when they reach their 5-year vesting window.

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AI Center Funds 5 Pilot Projects to Support Aging, Alzheimer’s Care

Health IT Analytics

Five pilot projects dedicated to the use of artificial intelligence to enhance the aging process received $250,000 each from MassAITC.

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Assessing the Impact of Radiology Workforce Shortages in Rural Communities

Diagnostic Imaging

In an interview at the recent RSNA conference, Catherine Everett, M.D., shared her perspective on the radiology workforce shortage, offered insights on recruiting radiologists to rural areas and emphasized the urgency of bolstering access to radiologists and other health-care professionals for at-risk communities.

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UCSF Radiology Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

UCSF welcomes new faculty Drs. Kang Wang, Omar Hassan and Joelle Harwin to the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

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Clinical Conundrum: Should a Troponin Routinely be Ordered in Patients with SVT?

REBEL EM

Bottom Line Up Top: Troponins should not be routinely sent in patients presenting with SVT. Rarely, they may be necessary if the patient has concerning ischemic symptoms that persist after conversion to sinus rhythm. Clinical Scenario: A 44-year-old man presents with palpitations that started 45 minutes ago. He has no medical problems and denies any prior similar symptoms.

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FDA announces recall of Abbott neurostimulation devices after MRI-related issues lead to 73 injuries

Health Imaging

The new recall, which includes more than 155,000 implantable pulse generators , is due to ongoing issues with the devices being unable to exit MRI mode and return to normal use.

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Researchers offer hypothesis for long COVID brain fog

AuntMinnie

A group in France has offered an explanation for long COVID brain fog, with the concept based on a visual brain pattern they discovered on patient PET scans, according to a study published October 13 in Medical Hypotheses. “We hypothesize that the hypometabolism pattern observed in long COVID patients with brain fog using F-18 FDG-PET might primarily be a signature of astrocyte-related glutamatergic dysregulation,” wrote lead study author Eric Guedj, MD, PhD, of Marseille University Hospital.

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More cases of breast cancer detected with the help of AI

Medical Xpress: Radiology

One radiologist supported by AI detected more cases of breast cancer in screening mammography than two radiologists working together, reports the ScreenTrustCAD study from Karolinska Institutet in a paper, titled "Artificial intelligence for breast cancer detection in screening mammography: A paired-readers prospective interventional screen positive trial," published in The Lancet Digital Health.

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White House announces plan to scrutinize private equity ownership in healthcare

Radiology Business

The administration said it is launching a cross-government public inquiry into “corporate greed" in medicine, with roll-up acquisitions one area of focus.

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Study: Regular Mammography Screening Reduces Breast Cancer Mortality Risk by More than 70 Percent

Diagnostic Imaging

Consistent adherence to the five most recent mammography screenings prior to a breast cancer diagnosis reduced breast cancer death risk by 72 percent in comparison to women who did not have the mammography screening, according to new research findings presented at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference.

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Study Shows Benefits of AI in Detecting Lung Cancer Risk in Non-Smokers

Diagnostic Imaging

Artificial intelligence (AI) assessments of chest X-rays identified 28 percent of a 17,000 plus cohort of never-smokers as being at high-risk for lung cancer, according to research to be presented at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference next week.

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Emerging MRI and PET Research Reveals Link Between Visceral Abdominal Fat and Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recent interview, Masha Dolatshahi, M.D., M.P.H., and Cyrus A. Raji, M.D., Ph.D., discussed MRI and PET study findings, presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference, that showed an association between higher amyloid PET tracer uptake in the precuneus cortex and a higher visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio.

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Study: Contrast-Enhanced Mammography Changes Surgical Plan in 22.5 Percent of Breast Cancer Cases

Diagnostic Imaging

Contrast-enhanced mammography detected additional lesions in 43 percent of patients and led to additional biopsies in 18.2 percent of patients, over half of whom had malignant lesions, according to a study of over 500 women presented at the recent Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference.

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Can Diffusion Microstructural Imaging Provide Insights Into Long Covid Beyond Conventional MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recent interview, Alexander Rau, M.D., discussed emerging research, presented at the recent RSNA conference, that shows the capability of diffusion microstructural imaging to differentiate subtle shifts in microstructural gray matter associated with common symptomatology of long Covid.

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Could an Emerging AI System Lead to Earlier Autism Detection with DT-MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging

Through assessment of diffusion tensor MRI of the brain, a new AI system reportedly offers a 97 percent sensitivity rate in diagnosing autism in children between two to four years of age, according to research to be presented at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference next week.

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Study Finds Questionable Adherence to Guidelines for Rectal MRI

Diagnostic Imaging

In one of the study periods from recently published research on rectal MRI acquisition, researchers found that 39.7 percent of rectal MRI exams adhered to guidelines from the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) and only 6.8 percent followed guidelines from the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR).

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Poverty can change the wiring of a child's brain, MRI study suggests

Health Imaging

New research out of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is offering new insight into how childhood struggles can affect brain development and connectivity.

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Spine Radiology Insights on Venous Fistula Localization and Finding Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recent lecture at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2023 Annual Meeting, Andrew Callen, M.D., discussed a variety of imaging features associated with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, the diagnostic utility of the Bern score as well as the merits of 3D T2FS MRI and dynamic computed tomography myelography.

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New ACR Guidelines Emphasize Earlier Mammography Screening for High-Risk Women

Diagnostic Imaging

While calling for a universal digital mammography assessment by the age of 25, the American College of Radiology (ACR) emphasized that ascertaining screening needs prior to the age of 40 is particularly important in high-risk populations such as Black women, who are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer in comparison to non-Hispanic White women.

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FAPI-PET shows promise for detecting pancreatic cancer

AuntMinnie

FAPI-PET imaging may become a powerful diagnostic tool for detecting pancreatic cancer, according to a study published November 16 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. A group led by Lukas Kessler, MD, of University Hospital Essen in Germany, assessed the accuracy of gallium-68 (Ga-68) FAPI-PET in patients with pancreatic cancer enrolled in an ongoing study.

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Breast Reconstruction: Current Principles and Emerging Concepts in Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

Given the increasing prevalence of breast reconstruction, researchers discussed key signs of common complications on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and other imaging during a recent presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2023 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Should Race and Ethnicity Factor into Starting Ages for Mammography Screening?

Diagnostic Imaging

Emerging research looking at data from over 414,000 cases of breast cancer deaths suggests that Black women should begin annual mammography screening seven to nine years earlier than White women.

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