Bilateral breast imaging on recalls finds hidden malignancies
A study published of nearly 4,000 women recalled for breast imaging exams revealed that one of every seven lesions in contralateral breasts, or 15.5% of the total, were malignant.
Time efficiency analysis for CT imaging of acute stroke
Time-to-treatment is of the essence for an acute stroke victim. Streamlined procedures that are maximized for time efficiency can shave critical minutes off diagnostic evaluation. Radiologists and medical physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison analyzed the speed of CT imaging of stroke patients to identify clinical variables and areas where improvements could be made. Their analysis was published online in February in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Reducing artifacts from hip implants in prostate cancer imaging
Men with suspected or diagnosed prostate cancer who have had total hip replacements are challenging to image because of artifacts and distortions produced, even if they have magnetic imaging scanner-compatible metal prostheses. A technique developed in the late 1990s for motion artifact reduction in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been successfully demonstrated as an improvement over conventional echo-planar imaging (EPI). It produces better image quality and decreases both artifact and distortion, according to a study in the May issue of the European Journal of Radiology.
Ultrasound for pneumonia?
A chest radiograph is the primary imaging test performed to diagnose community-acquired pneumonia when a patient has symptoms of a respiratory infection. However, chest CT examinations are increasingly being ordered for patients presenting with acute symptoms, either to supplement the chest x-ray or as the primary exam. An article and an accompanying editorial in the March issue of Chest about a study evaluating the outcomes of patients who have signs of pneumonia only on CT compared to patients whose pneumonia is visible on x-ray offer interesting insights for radiologists.
Dealing with suspected child abuse cases: A Comprehensive toolkit from the U.K.
The British Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has been a strong vocal advocate for radiologists to take a proactive role with respect to cases of suspected child abuse. The May issue of its peer-review journal, Clinical Radiology, includes an editorial reminding readers of this obligation and the society’s most recent guidance on the subject, a comprehensive 54-page toolkit for imaging professionals and radiology departments.
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