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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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Tai Chi Rouli Ball improves bone health in perimenopausal women

AuntMinnie

Bone scans reveal that Tai Chi Rouli Ball could be a viable non-pharmacological approach for preventing osteoporosis in perimenopausal women, according to a study published May 14 in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry. A group from the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University in China used dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans to show that the traditional Chinese sport increased bone density and bone mineral content in various body parts.

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European Society of Breast Imaging Issues Updated Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Diagnostic Imaging

One of the recommendations from the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) is annual breast MRI exams starting at 25 years of age for women deemed to be at high risk for breast cancer.

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Brain imaging study reveals connections critical to human consciousness

Medical Xpress: Radiology

In a paper titled, "Multimodal MRI reveals brainstem connections that sustain wakefulness in human consciousness," published in Science Translational Medicine, a group of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital, created a connectivity map of a brain network that they propose is critical to human consciousness.

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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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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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Google teams with Bayer to address radiologist burnout via AI

Radiology Business

"Gen AI can help tackle repetitive tasks and provide insights into massive datasets, saving valuable time," Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, said Tuesday.

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The Transition from Wake to Sleep: Watching Cortical Synchronicity and Information Flow

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

The complex process of drifting from wakefulness to sleep is governed by the brain’s cortex, and new research from UCSF imaging scientists advances our understanding of this important phenomenon.

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Deetptek.ai Will Showcase Groundbreaking Chest X-ray AI solution, Augmento X-ray, at HIMSS 2024

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 03/08/2024 - 22:02 March 9, 2024 — DeepTek.ai, a leading medical imaging AI company, will showcase its groundbreaking US FDA -cleared chest X-ray reporting AI solution, Augmento X-Ray , at the upcoming HIMSS 2024 conference, taking place March 12th-14th, 2024, at booth #4661. HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the world's largest health information and technology (Health IT) conference, attracting tens of thousands of healthcare professionals, indus

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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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Precision medicine tool predicts breast cancer immunotherapy response

Health IT Analytics

New InteractPrint tool analyzes how breast cancer epithelial cells impact cancer-immune interactions, enabling prediction of immune checkpoint inhibition response.

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Another Study on Peripheral Vasopressors

REBEL EM

Background: Use of vasopressors is a common practice to support hemodynamics and optimization of tissue perfusion in patients presenting with shock. Historically the administration of vasopressors was restricted to central venous catheters (CVC) due to concerns for local tissue injury resulting from vasoconstriction if extravasation occurred from a peripheral IV.

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ISMRM: 11.7 tesla MRI: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’

AuntMinnie

SINGAPORE -- Auntminnie.com spoke with ultrahigh-field MRI expert Nicolas Boulant, PhD, of the NeuroSpin research center near Paris, at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting. Boulant channeled the classic spaghetti Western movie “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” to describe his team’s early clinical experience neuroimaging 20 subjects using ultrahigh field 11.7 tesla MRI – to date, the highest magnetic field MRI used in humans, he said.

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Study Finds High Concordance Between AI and Radiologists for Cervical Spine Fractures on CT

Diagnostic Imaging

Researchers found a 98.3 percent concordance between attending radiology reports and AI assessments for possible cervical spine fractures on CT, according to new research presented at the 2024 ARRS Annual Meeting.

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World's most powerful MRI scans first images of human brain

Medical Xpress: Radiology

The world's most powerful MRI scanner has delivered its first images of human brains, reaching a new level of precision that is hoped will shed more light on our mysterious minds—and the illnesses that haunt them.

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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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Many MRI accidents are related to technologist experience

Health Imaging

This week at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s annual meeting, a team of experts presented new data on the technologist’s role in MRI safety events.

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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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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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Leading Organizations and Breast Imaging Experts Weigh in on New Task Force Screening Recommendations, Impact on Health Equity and Women’s Health

Imaging Technology

christine.book Wed, 05/01/2024 - 11:49 May 1, 2024 — After the issuance of updated breast screening recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force ( USPSTF ) on April 29, a number of leading imaging specialists have offered their replies. Here, then, are summaries of statements issued in response. From the American Cancer Society (ACS) The American Cancer Society ( ACS ) commended the updated recommendations for breast cancer screening from the United States Preventive Services Task

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Biennial Mammography Over Annual Mammography? USPSTF Issues Updated Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Diagnostic Imaging

In finalized updates to breast cancer screening recommendations, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advocates biennial mammography screening for women 40 to 74 years of age and notes insufficient evidence for the use of supplemental MRI in women with dense breasts.

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Jury still out on clinical use of ChatGPT

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT has been effective in 84% of radiology research studies, yet it is still too soon to confirm its complete proficiency for clinical applications, according to a team at the University of California, Los Angeles. A group led by Pedram Keshavarz, MD, performed a systematic literature review and found that 37 out of 44 (84.1%) radiology studies show ChatGPT's effectiveness, yet none suggested its unsupervised use in clinical practice.

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Study Reveals Benefits of Photon-Counting CT for Assessing Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Diagnostic Imaging

In comparison to energy-integrating detector CT for the workup of suspected acute pulmonary embolism, the use of photon-counting detector CT reduced radiation dosing by 48 percent, according to newly published research.

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ARRS: Trampoline-related injuries span head to toe in children

AuntMinnie

There may be no such thing as recreational “safe jumping” for children on trampolines, according to research delivered May 9 at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting. Neetika Gupta, MD, a pediatric radiologist at the University of Toronto, presented a pictorial guide of injuries seen on imaging. She said that although radiologists have extensively discussed and documented these injuries, a gap remains in the comprehensive discussion of “head-to-toe” imaging in the pediatric pop

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Mammography Study: AI Improves Breast Cancer Detection and Reduces Reading Time with DBT

Diagnostic Imaging

An emerging artificial intelligence (AI) model demonstrated more than 12 percent higher specificity and reduced image reading time by nearly six seconds in comparison to unassisted radiologist interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) images.

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Study Says Low-Field MRI Offers Sufficient Diagnostic Quality for Detecting Spinal Pathology

Diagnostic Imaging

In a study of patients who had lumbar spine MRI exams at 0.55T, 1.5T and 3T, researchers found that 0.55T MRI provided acceptable diagnostic quality across all sequences for varying pathologies including degenerative joint disease, compression fractures and osseous metastatic disease.

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ChatGPT-4 accurately interprets thyroid, renal ultrasound images

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT-4 demonstrated high accuracy in analyzing and interpreting thyroid and renal ultrasound images in a study published March 19 in Radiology Advances. Researchers led by Laith Sultan, MD, from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reported that the large language model could accurately perform image segmentation and classify lesions on ultrasound as normal or abnormal.

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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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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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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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SRU releases consensus statement on endometriosis detection

AuntMinnie

The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) has issued a new expert consensus statement that aims to improve the evaluation of endometriosis. The consensus, published April 9 in Radiology , provides recommendations for improving routine pelvic ultrasounds through additional maneuvers and imaging to improve diagnosis of deep endometriosis, according to the authors.