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Menstrual cycles don’t impact breast MRI diagnostic quality
Performing breast MRIs early in patients’ menstrual cycles does not reliably reduce background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) or improve screening MRI performance, according to a study published in the September 2019 issue of the Journal of Breast Imaging.


Thoracic MRI: An alternative to chest CT for HIV-positive children
Thoracic MRI may be a viable alternative to chest CT for HIV-positive children presenting with pulmonary symptoms. The diagnostic accuracy of 3T lung MRI is nearly comparable to chest CT for detecting nodules greater than 4 mm, effusion, and lymphadenopathy.


CT recommended as secondary exam for elderly patients with suspected hip/pelvic fractures
A CT scan may be a better choice than MRI for secondary imaging in elderly patients with suspected hip or pelvic fracture on a negative or equivocal radiograph, according to a study published in the annual issue of the Iowa Orthopedic Journal.

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Growth recovery lines in infants, toddlers may indicate abuse
Radiologists should report the presence of 10 or more growth recovery lines seen on X-rays of the arms and legs of children under 2 years of age, say pediatric radiologists from the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, who suggest that such lines may be a sign of neglect, or worse.

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Ultra-low dose CT detects extremity fractures better than radiography
Ultra-low dose computed tomography detects significantly more fractures than digital radiography, Swedish radiologists report in the Sept. 9, 2019, online edition of Skeletal Radiology. Additionally, ULD-CT can provide additional clinically important information at a comparable radiation dose.

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Diagnosing hardware-related spinal infections with 18F-FDG PET/CT
Using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) to diagnose and manage postoperative hardware-related spinal infection is a valid alternative to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to researchers writing in the August 2019 issue of the Israeli Medical Association Journal.

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Bayer introduces new CT injection system
Siemens Healthineers receive FDA clearance for new angiography systems
FDA clears GE Healthcare’s Critical Care Suite mobile DR AI algorithm
Exact Imaging receives CE Mark for new transperineal needle guide

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