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Identifying acute longus colli tendinitis on CT
Acute longus colli tendinitis (LCT), is a condition often not be suspected by a physician evaluating a patient with severe neck pain. Because its distinctive, characteristic imaging findings are visible on CT imaging of the neck, it is important for radiologists to be prepared to correctly identify them. Radiologists from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) discuss this condition in an article published in Emergency Radiology.

Reducing fluoroscopy radiation dose during UFE procedures
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a safe, effective treatment for women with symptomatic fibroids that is less invasive and has a much shorter recovery time than surgical treatments. Although patients are exposed to ionizing radiation, recent enhancements to fluoroscopy systems can significantly reduce radiation dose. Interventional radiologists at the University of California San Francisco conducted a study to quantify this radiation dose reduction.

Radiologists often lack clinical assessments of ED patients
Diagnostic imaging is being increasingly relied on for the rapid diagnosis of emergency department patients. To reduce length of ED stay, emergency clinical staff often order imaging exams prior to completing clinical workup. Radiologists investigated how often this was happening at Emory University-affiliated hospitals and determined that they lacked relevant clinical information in 33% of 600 consecutive ED patients.

The importance of reporting incidental findings for non-cardiac chest CT
Non-cardiac chest CT is one of the most commonly ordered exams for an initial evaluation of thoracic disorders. Improvements in CT technology have decreased the number of artifacts caused by motion, enabling better evaluation of cardiac structures. As a result, incidental findings are becoming more visible. Do radiologists report these incidental findings? If not, should they? A study by Italian radiologists from Milan addresses these questions.

Cone-beam CT diagnostically outperforms MDCT in detection of hypervascular hepatocellular carcinoma
Cone-beam CT can detect hypervascular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with cirrhosis undergoing transarterial chemoembolization better than multidetector CT, according to an Italian study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The study showed that the visibility of the HCC was significantly enhanced on cone-beam CT, which identified 11.5% more malignant nodules than multidetector CT in a study cohort of 55 consecutive patients.

Predictors of malignancy of non-mass breast lesions on ultrasound
Non-mass lesions (NML) represent approximately 5% of lesions seen on screening or diagnostic breast ultrasound examinations. They have a broad pathologic spectrum, ranging from benign to highly invasive cancer. Knowledge of and understanding about NMLs is scarce, according to Korean breast imaging specialists. They investigated the medical recotds of 119 women who had NMLs to determine their final outcomes, and to identify radiologic variables that differentiate malignant from benign lesions. Their findings are published in Acta Radiologica.

New CT protocols for pediatric chest and abdomen released by AAPM
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)’s Alliance for Quality Computed Tomography (AQCT) has released new protocols for routine pediatric computed tomography (CT) examinations and routine pediatric abdomen and pelvis CT examinations.

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