July, 2024

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The Right Kind of Expert

Ben White

From Paul Graham’s “ The Right Kind of Stubborn “: The persistent are attached to the goal. The obstinate are attached to their ideas about how to reach it. Worse still, that means they’ll tend to be attached to their first ideas about how to solve a problem, even though these are the least informed by the experience of working on it.

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COVID remnants still show up on PET scans years after infection

Health Imaging

That’s according to new PET imaging that shows the presence of activated T cells in the brain, spinal cord, gut and lung tissues of individuals who have recovered from COVID.

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Medicare proposes paying for CT colonography under hospital outpatient rule, drawing praise from radiology community

Radiology Business

The American College of Radiology has pushed for this decision since 2008, when trial results showed CTC or "virtual colonoscopy" to be a solid alternative to the traditional screening approach, which requires anesthesia.

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Radiology suffers in missile attack on Kyiv pediatric hospital

AuntMinnie

X-ray and ultrasound machines were badly damaged in a rocket attack on Ukraine's largest children's hospital on July 8, according to radiologist Stanislav Rebenkov, MD. It will take months to recover, he said. "This is a very big crime," he told AuntMinnnie.com in a phone interview on July 9. "There are broken windows everywhere. It will take months to recover, but it makes us feel even more united and determined to rebuild.

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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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A Victory for Radiology: New CMS Proposal Would Provide Coverage of CT Colonography in 2025

Diagnostic Imaging

In newly issued proposals addressing changes to coverage for Medicare services in 2025, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to provide coverage of computed tomography colonography (CTC) for Medicare beneficiaries in 2025.

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How A New Cardiovascular Suite is Strengthening the Heart of Community Healthcare in Iowa

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Time is muscle. This common phrase is well-known to healthcare providers in the ED who have been called upon to treat a heart attack. The longer you take to stabilize the heart, the higher the risk of long-term damage to the patient’s heart. "Time is muscle” was the impetus for the new $6 million cardiovascular suite at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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Former smokers who vape now still need to be screened for lung cancer. Many of them aren't

Health Imaging

Despite kicking their initial habit, these individuals remain at risk of developing lung cancer due to their history of smoking cigarettes, current use of e-cigarettes, or both, experts caution.

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Hospital system forms new radiology group after relationship with Rad Partners dissolves

Radiology Business

CEO Jim Woodward believes private equity-backed provider groups “serve their shareholders’ interest not the patients' and doctors' and hospitals' interests.

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AI in radiology: The kids are alright

AuntMinnie

Young people are optimistic about the use of AI in medicine, including in radiology, according to survey findings published recently in European Radiology. Researchers led by Susan Shelmerdine, PhD, from University College London in England found that young people, ranging from children to adults in their 20s, feel that AI should be integrated into modern healthcare.

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Can AI Facilitate Effective Triage for Supplemental Breast MRI After Negative Mammography Screening?

Diagnostic Imaging

The AISmartDensity software facilitated a cancer detection rate (CDR) with breast MRI that was nearly four times higher than the CDR previously reported in trials involving traditional breast density assessment.

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Artificial intelligence speeds up heart scans, saving doctors' time, and could lead to better treatment for heart conditions

ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed a groundbreaking method for analysing heart MRI scans with the help of artificial intelligence, which could save valuable time and resources, as well as improve care for patients.

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Radiotherapy Market Forecast Analyzes Significant Growth

Imaging Technology

christine.book Tue, 07/09/2024 - 11:11 July 9, 2024 — Insights from the latest Mordor Intelligence report, “ Radiotherapy Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029) ” are offered here and present a snapshot summary of significant findings into a healthcare segment which continues to innovate and expand to meet increasing demand.

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Simple IR procedure could prevent women from having hysterectomies, but most have never heard of it

Health Imaging

New survey data suggest less than 20% of women with uterine fibroids are offered additional treatment options besides a hysterectomy.

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Fresh off private equity partnership, radiology provider creates new CEO role, plus more leadership moves

Radiology Business

In other announcements, Blue Earth Diagnostics names a new CEO, Volpara's chief adds a title following a merger with Lunit, and Upper Allegheny Health appoints an IR leader.

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Machine learning with echo improves heart tumor diagnosis

AuntMinnie

Machine learning can help improve echocardiography interpretation of heart tumors, according to research published on July 1 in Informatics in Medicine Unlocked. A team led by Seyed-Ali Sadegh-Zadeh, PhD, from Staffordshire University in England found that its machine-learning model achieved high performance in diagnosing heart tumors, including a near-perfect area under the curve (AUC) score.

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Emerging SPECT/CT Agent Gets FDA Fast Track Designation for Superficial Peritoneal Endometriosis

Diagnostic Imaging

The radiotracer agent 99mTc-maraciclatide may provide an effective non-invasive alternative to laparoscopy for detecting early-stage endometriosis.

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Doctors could soon use facial temperature for early diagnosis of metabolic diseases

ScienceDaily

A colder nose and warmer cheeks may be a telltale sign of rising blood pressure. Researchers discovered that temperatures in different face regions are associated with various chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These temperature differences are not easily perceptible by one's own touch but can instead be identified using specific AI-derived spatial temperature patterns that require a thermal camera and a data-trained model.

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Lunit Appoints Volpara CEO Teri Thomas as Chief Business Officer of Cancer Screening Group

Imaging Technology

christine.book Tue, 07/09/2024 - 12:16 July 9, 2024 — Lunit , a provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered solutions for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, has announced the appointment of Teri Thomas as Chief Business Officer (CBO) of its Cancer Screening Group, effective July 1. While taking on this additional role, Thomas will continue serving as CEO of Volpara Health Technologies , which Lunit acquired in May 2024.

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Academic radiology has a diversity problem

Health Imaging

Although great strides have been made in promoting equity, inclusion and diversity in radiology, academic settings still lack adequate representation, according to a new study.

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Radiology researchers explore why patients miss imaging appointments, with 2 key factors emerging

Radiology Business

University of California, Irvine, investigators conducted their analysis using data from 4 imaging centers affiliated with a tertiary care center in the state’s southern region.

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Many women unaware of treatment options for uterine fibroids

AuntMinnie

More than 50% of women diagnosed with uterine fibroids are offered a hysterectomy, while fewer than 20% are presented with less invasive options, according to a survey published July 9 by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). The survey also found that about 17% of women mistakenly think that a hysterectomy is the only treatment option for uterine fibroids.

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Highly accurate AI model can estimate lung function just by using chest X-rays

Medical Xpress: Radiology

If there is one medical exam that everyone in the world has taken, it's a chest X-ray. Clinicians can use radiographs to tell if someone has tuberculosis, lung cancer, or other diseases, but they can't use them to tell if the lungs are functioning well.

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Lab develops smallest free-floating bubbles for medical imaging

ScienceDaily

Bioengineering researchers developed ultrasmall, stable gas-filled protein nanostructures that could revolutionize ultrasound imaging and drug delivery for cancers and infectious diseases.

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Progress Report on Radiation Therapy

Imaging Technology

News emerging from several leading organizations and vendors in the radiation therapy arena came in at a fast pace in the first part of 2024. In this feature, our editorial team focuses on sharing the latest news, advancements and partnerships which serve as a representative sampling of the pace, progress and purposeful patient focus of innovation.

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How much is too much when it comes to cryoablation volumes in solitary kidneys?

Health Imaging

A paper in the J ournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology offers new guidance on how ablation volumes affect renal function in solitary kidneys and highlights ranges that pose the least risk to patients.

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Diagnostic radiology applicants significantly less likely to ‘match’ than peers in other specialties

Radiology Business

An emphasis on remote work since the COVID-19 pandemic and growing desire for work-life balance among medical trainees have likely fueled increased competition in DR.

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CMS proposes new coverage for PET imaging agents

AuntMinnie

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new reimbursement plan July 10 for diagnostic PET scans that would provide separate payments for radiopharmaceuticals, as well as an extra payment for hospitals when they use domestically produced technetium-99m (Tc-99m). Currently, the CMS bundles Medicare payments for PET radiotracers for diagnosing disease as part of the packaged cost of imaging procedures in hospital outpatient settings.

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New Imaging Technique Detects Aggressive Lung and Prostate Cancers

MedImaging Nuclear Medicine

A new imaging technology has been shown to enhance the detection of metastatic small cell lung cancer and neuroendocrine prostate cancer, which conventional imaging methods might miss.

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Brain Connectivity on MRI Predicts Parkinson’s Disease Progression

MedImaging Radiography

A new study has revealed that MRI scans depicting the structural and functional organization of the brain can predict the progression of brain atrophy in patients with early-stage, mild Parkinson's disease.

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Study Demonstrates Superiority of Delphinus’s Ultrasound Tomography System, SoftVue, in Conjunction with Mammography for Breast Cancer Screening in Women with Dense Breasts

Imaging Technology

mtaschetta-millane Tue, 07/02/2024 - 09:50 July 2, 2024 — Delphinus Medical Technologies , a pioneering medical imaging company that developed the SoftVue Breast Ultrasound Tomography (UST), announced today the publication of a study comparing mammography in conjunction with SoftVue UST vs mammography alone in women with dense breasts. The study concluded that in women with dense breasts, mammography plus SoftVue UST improved cancer detection by radiologists versus mammography alone.