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Showing patients their cardiac scans can have major impact
December 3, 2018 -- Swedish researchers of a large study have found that showing patients visible signs of arterial atherosclerosis and plaque on their own ultrasound scans can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease a year later. Their article was published online on 3 December in the Lancet.  Discuss
Is an accurate two-minute biopsy viable?
December 3, 2018 -- Performing a reliable and cost-effective biopsy in less than two minutes is now possible, thanks to a noninvasive and nondestructive real-time optical imaging device, the head of Paris-based company LLTech Imaging claimed during RSNA 2018.  Discuss
BMJ: GP requests rise threefold in 15 years
November 30, 2018 -- General practitioners (GPs) in the U.K. are ordering more than three times as many diagnostic tests compared with 15 years ago, and these tests are costing the National Health Service more than 2.8 billion pounds a year, according to an article published online on 29 November by BMJ.  Discuss
U.S.-Swiss study adds to concerns on gadolinium
November 30, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Increased signal intensities in different brain regions, presumably caused by linear and macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents, may be an indication that gadolinium accumulation is more widespread than previously thought, a study presented on Wednesday at RSNA 2018 has found.  Discuss
Global team outlines how 3D x-ray can boost imaging
November 30, 2018 -- Two new approaches to creating 3D images using x-rays could improve screening for diseases and the study of very fast processes, as well as enable analysis of material properties and provide structural information of opaque objects with unprecedented detail, an international research team has discovered.  Discuss
Fukushima study sheds light on childhood thyroid cancer
November 29, 2018 -- The latest results of mass ultrasound screening of children for thyroid cancer after the Fukushima disaster were published online on 29 November by JAMA Otolaryngology. The study provides vital data on thyroid cancer, but may lead to more demands outside of Japan for ultrasound scans in younger people, increasing the risk of overdiagnosis.  Discuss
Italians test novel CT method to relieve back pain
November 29, 2018 -- CT-guided pulsed radiofrequency, which applies pulses of energy directly to nerve roots, may be an effective method for alleviating lower back pain for cases when more conservative treatment options fail to do so, according to a Tuesday presentation at RSNA 2018 in Chicago.  Discuss
Momentum gathers behind MRI for lung cancer screening
November 28, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Nearly a decade ago, CT surpassed x-ray as the imaging modality of choice for lung cancer screening. But could there be an even better option for the test? Researchers from the U.S., Switzerland, and Germany made the case for MRI in a session on Monday at RSNA 2018.  Discuss
How Denmark strives for quality in breast screening
November 27, 2018 -- Multidisciplinary teamwork, high-volume readers, training and audits, and continuous monitoring of quality are vital in breast cancer screening, according to Dr. Ilse Vejborg, a speaker at Tuesday's RSNA 2018 session on the Nordic countries. Her group also works hard to avoid potential harms from overdiagnosis and unnecessary intervention.  Discuss
10 things you need to know about the Nordic countries
November 27, 2018 -- The spotlight was on the Nordic countries on Tuesday at RSNA 2018, when a special session in Chicago investigated the Scandinavian way in radiology. To coincide with this session and to help you brush up on your knowledge levels, we present 10 important facts about the Nordic region and the practice of radiology there.  Discuss
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