Bearded men pose greater hygiene risk than dogs in MRI
August 1, 2018 -- Patients should not feel unduly concerned if a dog was the previous visitor to the MRI unit, but they should worry if a bearded man has just been scanned. That's the key finding of a novel Swiss-led infection study published online by European Radiology on 30 July.  Discuss
AI algorithm predicts billing codes from MRI log data
July 31, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can accurately predict billing codes from log data of MRI studies, potentially helping to avoid coding errors and reducing radiographers' workload, German researchers reported at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting in Paris.  Discuss
Augmented reality device aids interventional oncology
July 31, 2018 -- An Italian-led research team has developed a technique that can use augmented reality instead of conventional intraprocedural imaging to guide needle insertion for interventional procedures, according to research published online on 31 July in European Radiology Experimental.  Discuss
New study sheds light on U.K. doctors' views on Brexit
July 31, 2018 -- The majority of U.K. doctors consider themselves to be left-wing and liberal-minded, and they believe Brexit bodes poorly for the National Health Service, according to research published online on 30 July in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.  Discuss
PACS can play key role in tackling backlog of scans
July 30, 2018 -- Want to increase your reporting efficiency? Check your PACS/RIS. That's the message of researchers from a top London facility who found that, depending on the PACS/RIS, between 33% and 51% of reporting time can be spent on tasks not related directly to image interpretation.  Discuss
Can AI enhance the utility of breast conebeam CT?
July 30, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for breast conebeam CT (CBCT) studies can accurately differentiate between benign and malignant breast lesions, potentially improving the real-world performance of radiologists reading CBCT images, according to a Web-exclusive paper in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Australian agency orders review of Mo-99 procedures
July 27, 2018 -- An Australian government agency has ordered a review of radiation safety procedures at another federal agency in charge of running the nuclear reactor that was forced to stop shipments of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) last month. The halt has spurred an ongoing shortage of important radiopharmaceuticals in the country.  Discuss
U.K. research could lead to flexible x-ray detectors
July 27, 2018 -- What if x-ray detectors were flexible enough to conform to patient anatomy? Would they produce better image quality or enable more accurate monitoring of radiation dose? It may not be a pipe dream. Researchers from the University of Surrey in the U.K. are working on a digital x-ray detector material that could be fabricated into flexible x-ray detectors.  Discuss
Thermal imaging monitors radiotherapy efficacy
July 26, 2018 -- Israeli researchers have demonstrated that thermography may provide a viable radiotherapy monitoring tool for treatment optimization. They have developed a method to detect tumors in a thermal image and estimate changes in tumor and vasculature during radiotherapy.  Discuss
Can a blood test rule out most CT scans for brain injury?
July 25, 2018 -- A blood test that detects biomarkers for brain injury could help rule out patients suspected of having traumatic intracranial injuries, thus avoiding the need for CT scans, according to a large multicenter observational trial published online on 24 July by Lancet Neurology. But experts have questioned the clinical value of the test.  Discuss
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