Machine learning can help classify radiology reports
June 19, 2018 -- Software based on natural language processing and machine-learning techniques can effectively classify free-text radiology reports, showing potential for improving clinical care and supporting radiology research, according to an Italian study.  Discuss
Sodickson: ISMRM can play sheriff in AI's Wild West
June 19, 2018 -- The imaging artificial intelligence (AI) landscape is like the Wild West right now, but the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) can act as the sheriff, according to Dr. Daniel Sodickson, PhD, the society's president.  Discuss
New 3D CT technique tops x-ray for diagnosing arthritis
June 19, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.K. have developed an algorithm capable of detecting subtle changes in the spacing between arthritic joints on 3D-reconstructed CT scans better than even standard x-ray imaging can, according to an article published online June 18 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
TOF-PET/MRI allows lower FDG dose for breast cases
June 18, 2018 -- Clinicians can reduce a standard dose of FDG by as much as 90% and still achieve clinically acceptable PET image quality in time-of-flight (TOF) PET/MRI scans for breast cancer, according to a Swiss study published online on 7 June in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Radiographers: 'Yes, we can read chest x-rays'
June 15, 2018 -- The U.K. Society of Radiographers has refuted the suggestion that radiographers must not read chest x-rays and cannot conduct clinical image reporting to a standard equivalent to a senior radiologist. It's a "rather sad spectacle," according to its CEO Richard Evans.  Discuss
How Ian Donald transformed ultrasound
June 15, 2018 -- This month marks the 60th anniversary of U.K. researcher Dr. Ian Donald's classic article on ultrasound, published in the Lancet. Ultrasound has changed medical management and diagnosis for the better. Dr. Arpan K. Banerjee discusses more in this column.  Discuss
Value of AAA screening drops as smoking declines
June 15, 2018 -- Mortality from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has dropped sharply over the past two decades, thanks to lower smoking rates -- and this trend is reducing the value of ultrasound AAA screening programs, according to a large Swedish study published in the Lancet.  Discuss
Faster MRI protocol avoids unneeded prostate biopsies
June 14, 2018 -- The use of a streamlined MRI protocol could help reduce unnecessary biopsies by as much as 30% in men suspected of having prostate cancer, according to a study published online June 8 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
World Cup imaging kicks off on the right foot
June 13, 2018 -- As football fans across the globe gear up for the start of the World Cup in Russia on Thursday, radiologists and other medical teams are putting the finishing touches to their own operations and expertise to ensure optimal diagnosis and treatment for injured players.  Discuss
Tomosynthesis can work in breast assessment clinics
June 12, 2018 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has the potential to improve healthcare by increasing diagnostic accuracy and simplifying workup in breast cancer assessment clinics, so much so that assessment clinics have widely embraced the modality, a new study published in European Radiology found.  Discuss
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