Tips to improve efficiency in radiology departments with radiology informatics
Radiology departments have gone digital — to increase accuracy and patient safety, to improve efficiency, and to escalate communications and patient medical record information sharing. At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH), radiology informatics improves information flow. CCH radiologists offer proven tips on how to do so.

99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT improves identification of benign renal masses
The ability to differentiate renal cell carcinoma (RCC) from benign renal tumors can be challenging for radiologists. The additional order of a 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT examination can improve the characterization of benign renal tumors and help prevent unnecessary surgery, according to in an article published in Clinical Nuclear Medicine by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Radiographs predict recurrence of bunions after surgery
Non-weight-bearing radiographs are good predictors of whether bunion surgery will be successful or whether bunions will reoccur, according to research from Korea published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The study’s investigators believe that the predictive features they identified on radiographs may be useful during a surgical procedure to minimize recurrence risk.

Percutaneous US-guided thrombin injection of nongroin arterial PSAs safe
Percutaneous ultrasound-guided thrombin injection is a well-established treatment of pseudoaneurysms (PSAs) involving arteries in the groin. It also is a safe and efficacious treatment option for PSAs in non-groin sites, according to interventional radiologists from Mayo Clinic in an article published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Point-of-care lung sonography effective outside radiology
Point-of-care lung sonography is a feasible, rapid, inexpensive, and accurate diagnostic imaging procedure that can be widely used for many clinical indications. An Italian study of nearly 1,000 patients revealed that diagnostic-quality lung sonography may effectively be performed by pulmonologists with a high accuracy rate, according to findings published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

VENDOR NEWS

Hologic has launched its Brevera® breast biopsy system in the United States.
This real-time breast biopsy and verification system using CorLumina® imaging technology is designed to enhance workflow, streamline the biopsy process, and improve a patient’s experience.

CIRS introduces MRI distortion check software
Computerized Imaging Reference Systems (CIRS), a manufacturer of tissue equivalent phantoms and simulators for medical imaging and radiation therapy, has introduced new cloud-based software designed to rapidly and automatically quantify distortion in MRI images. The software is used in conjunction with CIRS MRI Grid phantoms.

GE receives FDA clearance for Signa Premier MRI Scanner
GE Healthcare has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell its new wide bore 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system in the United States. SIGNA Premier is the result of a four-year collaboration with the National Football League and research institutions around the world to design new imaging tools to aid researchers in the detection of biomarkers for the potential diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury.

Siemens Healthineers’ MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI scanner cleared for commercial sales in the U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Siemens Healthineers’ MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for commercial sales in the United States. This new scanner features new BioMatrix technology that addresses inherent anatomical and physiological differences among patients, as well as user variability. By reducing this variability among patients and users, the scanner’s BioMatrix technology can lower the number of rescans and increase productivity to improve MRI’s cost efficiency



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