February, 2024

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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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Mortgage discrimination tied to breast cancer outcomes

AuntMinnie

Mortgage discrimination is tied to breast cancer outcomes, a study published February 20 in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers led by Jasmine Miller-Kleinhenz, PhD, from Emory University in Atlanta found that living in a historically redlined area is tied to increased odds of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer in non-Hispanic Black women and increased odds of late-stage diagnosis in non-Hispanic white women.

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MRI Research Suggests Link Between COVID-19 Related Brain Fog and Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction

Diagnostic Imaging

For people with COVID-19 related brain fog, emerging dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) research findings revealed blood-brain barrier disruption in multiple brain regions, including temporal lobes and the frontal cortex, up to a year after active infection.

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Annual mammography beginning at 40 reduces breast cancer mortality by 42%, new data show

Radiology Business

"I am hoping that primary care physicians see that risks of screening are manageable, and the benefits are tremendous," said Dartmouth's Debra L. Monticciolo, MD.

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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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MRI shows brain ‘leakage’ that may explain cognitive decline from long COVID

Health Imaging

A team from Ireland identified disruptions to the integrity of the blood vessels in the brains of patients experiencing brain fog due to the disease.

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Scientist shows focused ultrasound can reach deep into the brain to relieve pain

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found soundwaves from low-intensity focused ultrasound aimed at a place deep in the brain called the insula can reduce both the perception of pain and other effects of pain, such as heart rate changes.

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COVID-19 set back Alzheimer’s disease research

AuntMinnie

U.S. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research centers saw a 77% drop in participants enrolling in clinical trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study conducted by epidemiologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Notably, the effect was experienced most keenly by historically underserved populations, with a 91% drop in Black/African American participants compared with 71% in white participants, wrote lead author Elizabeth Shaaban, PhD, of the school’s Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (

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Can Positron Emission Mammography Have an Impact in Diagnosing Invasive Breast Cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging

Findings from a new pilot study showed that low-dose positron emission mammography (PEM) detected 96 percent of malignant index lesions and had a 46 percent lower false-positive rate in comparison to breast MRI.

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S&P views Radiology Partners’ debt refinancing maneuvers as ‘tantamount to a default’

Radiology Business

The country’s largest radiology practice first announced the series of maneuvers, including raising $720 million in new “growth equity,” on Feb. 15.

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Making the Transformation from Analog to Digital Radiography

Everything Rad

Reading Time: 4 minutes read Four considerations to gain maximum benefits to workflow and patient outcomes By Tasos Strouzos, President and General Manager, Consumables Business Unit, Carestream Health. The benefits of moving from analog imaging to full digital X-ray are well known. Digital Radiography (DR) can help speed your imaging workflow, ease the workload on your staff, and reduce the dose to support a higher standard of care.

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Philips Extends Leadership in Virtually Helium-free MRI With More Than 1,000 Systems Installed, Expanding Patient Access Worldwide

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 02/28/2024 - 19:52 February 28, 2024 — Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, today announced a significant milestone as it expands access to virtually helium-free [1] MRI to more patients in more places, with more than 1,000 systems now installed worldwide. As healthcare providers strive to deliver high-quality care to patients, at #ECR2024 Philips is partnering with its customers to improve productivity and access to more sustainable healthcare.

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Study finds strongest evidence to date of brain's ability to compensate for age-related cognitive decline

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that our brains can compensate for age-related deterioration by recruiting other areas to help with brain function and maintain cognitive performance.

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Radiation oncology leaders talk Medicare payment reform

AuntMinnie

Radiation oncology organizations have come together in an effort to reform Medicare payments for radiation therapy services. The organizations include the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The alliance comes in the wake of cuts to Medicare payments for radiation therapy services, which the organizations say threatens patient access to ca

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Study Examines Links Between Mammography Screening, Breast Cancer and Unmet Social Needs

Diagnostic Imaging

Women with an increasing number of unmet social needs were 26 percent less likely to have mammography screening, according to a recent study of over 300 women with breast cancer.

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Senators press congressional leaders to address radiologist Medicare pay cut

Radiology Business

“After three consecutive years of Medicare payment reductions, healthcare providers are at a breaking point," 32 bipartisan members of the Senate wrote recently.

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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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Philips Launches New Azurion Neuro Biplane System at #ECR2024 to Speed Up and Improve Minimally Invasive Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurovascular Patients

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 02/28/2024 - 19:59 February 28, 2024 — Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, announced major enhancements to its Image Guided Therapy System – Azurion – with the launch of its new Azurion neuro biplane system. Designed to improve productivity and help care teams make the right decisions faster, treat more patients, and achieve better outcomes, the new interventional system features enhanced 2D and 3D imaging and X-ray detector positioning flexibility.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

ScienceDaily

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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ECR: More anatomical changes seen on angio-CT in COVID patients

AuntMinnie

Patients with COVID-19 experience a higher incidence of anatomical changes at the cardiac level on pulmonary angio-CT, suggest findings presented February 29 at ECR 2024. In her presentation, Ana Filipa Colucas, MD, PhD, from the University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal, discussed her team’s findings, which also showed how the use of pulmonary angio-CT scans has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Early-Stage Cervical Cancer: Is MRI, CT or PET/CT the Best Option for Diagnosing Lymph Node Metastases?

Diagnostic Imaging

For the detection of nodal metastases in patients with early-stage cervical cancer, 18F FDG PET-CT offered a sensitivity rate that was double that of CT and 32 percent higher than MRI, according to newly published research.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

Medical Xpress: Radiology

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results, according to a study published in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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Radiology practice SimonMed doubling centers offering full-body MRI scans amid ‘exponential’ demand growth

Radiology Business

The private equity-backed provider first launched SimonOne nationwide in summer 2023, capitalizing on increased interest from startup firms and celebrities.

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Regulatory Issues Facing Radiology Groups In 2024

Healthcare Administrative Partners

We pay a lot of attention to government regulation in healthcare, especially the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that influences reimbursement not only from Medicare, but also from other payers since many commercial contracts are tied to the MPFS. Although it is the object of most focus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS ) is not the only agency that regulates healthcare.

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New direct links discovered between the brain and its surrounding environment

ScienceDaily

In a recent study of the brain's waste drainage system, researchers discovered a direct connection between the brain and its tough protective covering, the dura mater. These links may allow waste fluid to leave the brain while also exposing the brain to immune cells and other signals coming from the dura. This challenges the conventional wisdom which has suggested that the brain is cut off from its surroundings by a series of protective barriers, keeping it safe from dangerous chemicals and toxi

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Study on breast density notification narratives draws mixed reaction

AuntMinnie

A recent Australian study criticizing narratives surrounding breast density notification has drawn mixed reactions from radiologists and advocates of breast cancer screening. The study, published February 14 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), suggested that feminist narratives are being used by companies to influence women’s health. This includes the view that all women undergoing breast cancer screening should be notified of their breast density.

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Does CT Lead to Increased Hematologic Malignant Neoplasms in Pediatric Patients with Minor Head Trauma?

Diagnostic Imaging

The use of computed tomography (CT) for cases of minor head trauma was associated with a 29 percent higher incidence of hematologic malignant neoplasms in comparison to those with no CT, according to a new study involving over 2,400,000 pediatric patients.

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New PET tracer detects inflammatory arthritis before symptoms appear

Medical Xpress: Radiology

A novel PET imaging technique can noninvasively detect active inflammation in the body before clinical symptoms arise, according to research published in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using a PET tracer that binds to proteins present on activated immune cells, the technique produces images of ongoing inflammation throughout the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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Bullied children are at risk of developing psychotic disorders

Health Imaging

Researchers at the University of Tokyo found bullied adolescents had lower levels of regulatory neurotransmitters in the brain.

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Is Medicare’s appropriate-use criteria program doomed? ACR chief discusses what went wrong and how it can get back on track

Radiology Business

Radiology Business recently sat down with William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, to discuss the future of value-based care in the specialty and how Congress can help remedy the program of what ails it.

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Understanding the Importance of Screening Mammograms

The Radiology Clinic

Breast cancer remains one of the most prevalent health concerns globally, affecting millions of women every year. Amidst the battle against this disease, screening mammograms emerge as a crucial tool in early detection and effective treatment. In this blog, we delve into the significance of screening mammograms, their procedure, their benefits, and why they are essential for women’s health.

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Can radiologists’ eye-tracking data enhance AI?

AuntMinnie

Integrating eye-tracking data that map how radiologists interpret x-rays into deep learning AI algorithms could be key to developing more “human-centered” AI, according to a recent study. A group led by researchers in Lisbon, Portugal, conducted a systematic literature review of the use of eye gaze-driven data in chest x-ray deep learning (DL) models and ultimately proposed improvements that could enhance the approach.

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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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Nanox Receives FDA Clearance for HealthFLD, an Advanced AI-Based Software Empowering Clinicians in Assessment of Fatty Liver

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 02/13/2024 - 11:58 February 13, 2024 — Nanox , an innovative medical imaging technology company, today announced that its deep-learning medical imaging analytics subsidiary, Nanox AI Ltd., received 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) for HealthFLD , an artificial intelligence ( AI ) software that provides automated qualitative and quantitative analysis of liver attenuation from routine contrast and non-contrast chest and abdomen CT scans in patients be