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October 2010 Blog Posts (34)

FDA and MRI Contrast Agents... the Saga continues...

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- FDA sharpens MR contrast warning, singles out three agents as ‘inappropriate’ Three of the most popular MR contrast agents—Magnevist by Bayer Healthcare, Omniscan by GE Healthcare, and Optimark by Covidien—will soon carry labels warning that their use is “inappropriate” for patients with acute kidney injury or chronic severe kidney disease. These and other gadolinium-containing agents will also carry new warnings emphasizing the need to screen patients for kidney… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 11, 2010 at 11:19pm — No Comments

HANDS MRI

BOTH HANDS IMAGED TOGETHER WITHIN THE HEAD COIL

ALLOWING CORONAL GADO FATSAT THIN SLICES

ACQUIRED VERY FAST AND DISPLAYING RA LESIONS

GRANULOMAS/ T SYNO/ SYNOVITIS/ BME ETC

EXQUISITELY WELL

KEEP YOU POSTED

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Added by BERNARD WIRTH on October 10, 2010 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Radiology Contract lost... example of Sutter Health and more...

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Technology, HR issues crop up when hospital shifts radiology services When hospitals transition from a contract with an independent radiology practice to an in-house model or a multispecialty group, they can expect some growing pains in the form of technological issues and human resources quandaries, as well as general headaches while trying to get the new practice up to speed. A recent example of the move is Sutter Health in Sacramento. On April 1, Sutter Health severed… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 10, 2010 at 2:39am — No Comments

ED utilization of CT and MRI rises in last decade

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Use of CT, MR for injury-related ED visits jumped in past decade





From 1998 to 2007, the use of CT or MRI scans in emergency departments for injury-related conditions increased about three-fold without a similar increase in the prevalence of the diagnosis of certain life-threatening trauma-related conditions, according to a study in the October 6 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.



Injury-related conditions are among the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 9, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

NYU Dual Energy CT Symposium

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- NYU plans first annual Dual-Energy CT Symposium NYU will hold its first annual Dual-Energy CT Symposium Oct. 9-10 in New York City. The program is designed for radiologists who have or are considering acquiring a dual-energy scanner, research scientists who are looking to understand current uses of dual-energy CT to stimulate development of translational research projects, and technologists who need a basis in dual-energy terminology and concepts. …

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 8, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Hologic Breast Tomosynthesis Training Begins...

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Hologic readies training program for breast tomosynthesis By Greg Freiherr Before Hologic’s 3D digital mammography system can become a commercial product on the U.S. market, the company must develop a program to train physicians on how to interpret this new kind of mammogram. “It is digital mammography, so it’s nothing that new,” said Arthur Friedman, a Hologic senior vice president in charge of regulatory, clinical, and quality issues. “But there are slight… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 8, 2010 at 12:26am — No Comments

Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month - October!

October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month! To celebrate we're asking you to share what inspires you about ultrasound and/or your career in ultrasound. Post your stories here (videos are welcome too). We can't wait to hear from you!

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 8, 2010 at 12:19am — No Comments

2011 SIR Resident-in-training Annual Scientific Meeting Scholarship

Due to generous corporate sponsorship, SIR is able to offer the Resident-in-training Scholarship for the 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, Ill. This program is open to all first- and second-year…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 6, 2010 at 1:52am — No Comments

Preflight safety briefing: What can healthcare learn from aviation industry?

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Preflight safety briefing: What can healthcare learn from aviation industry? By Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH | October 6, 2010 Over the past week I have seen my fair share of our nation’s airports. After seven flights in six days I am ready for landing by land or sea and will not hesitate to don my oxygen mask before assisting my fellow passengers in doing the same. Whether narrated by the flight attendants or shown as a video on the in-flight entertainment system, the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 6, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

ACR and ARRS Split up...

ACR and ARRS to Restructure Integration to Form Strategic Alliance



Reston, VA - September 30, 2010 – To more directly serve their respective memberships and the profession, effective immediately, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) have initiated a restructuring of their strategic integration.



The ACR and ARRS will form a strategic alliance, under which ACR and ARRS will continue to serve their respective memberships under… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 4, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

VRC buys Nighthawk for $170 Million+

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Virtual Radiologic buys out NightHawk, says it’s an ideal match





Virtual Radiologic announced Sept. 27 it will acquire NightHawk, a publicly traded national teleradiology practice, making Virtual Radiologic the largest radiology practice in the country. However, radiologists aren’t too worried about the deal because Virtual Radiologic still has to compete with thousands of other practices.



Virtual Radiologic will acquire all of the outstanding… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 4, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

RSNA 2010 - don't miss it!

96th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting
November 28 - December 3, 2010
McCormick Place, Chicago

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 3, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Radiology Incidental Findings - the latest research

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- What to do about incidental findings: the (less than) 1% solution





Pathologies such as infections, or even tumors, crop up from time to time in patients examined for entirely unrelated issues. These “incidental findings” can put doctors—and patients—in a tight spot. How do they proceed with the patient, knowing that many of the asymptomatic signs of disease may never lead to clinical problems, or may simply be false positives?



For those who… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 3, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

California New Radiation Law - Radiologists must now report dose

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- California gets landmark radiologist dose reporting law California radiologists will be required to incorporate radiation dose levels in their reports under a measure signed into law Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The measure requires that radiologists include in their reports the dose length product or the CT dose index if the machine is able to calculate it. Radiologists have never had to do that before, according to Don Stockett, a plaintiff’s attorney who… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 2, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments

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