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$1M in Prize Awards for Data Science Bowl 2017: Helping Radiologists Lower the False-Positive Lung Cancer Scans

In January 2016, Vice President Joe Biden’s created the Cancer Moonshot initiative to help promote 10 years’ worth of advances in cancer research, prevention and treatment within just five years. One of the main goals of Moonshot is to bring the expertise of diverse fields together to solve pressing cancer problems. Following VP Biden’s lead…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on January 17, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Radiologists Utilize Image-Based Global Networking Tool

Figure 1 is an online global network in which healthcare practitioners, including radiologists, can share medical cases and receive feedback in real time. Using the smartphone app or web browser version, practitioners upload an image, write a caption and tag it with a category. Healthcare providers often post images…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on March 3, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Diagnostic Imaging May Be Safe for Pregnant Women

Some radiologic imaging can be safe for pregnant women who have sustained traumatic injuries, according to a review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). 

Researchers from the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, and the Garden State OB/GYN Associates in Voorhees, NJ reviewed the diagnostic dilemma that confronts emergency room physicians when pregnant women present with traumatic…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on September 17, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Fate of PACS

Since May, there’s been ongoing debate about one of your most significant, frequently-used tools – your PACS. Has it, in fact, outlived its original purpose only to be replaced by a sleeker, more versatile system? 

At this year’s SIIM conference, Donald Dennison, director-at-large of the SIIM Board of Directors and chair of the ACR…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on September 15, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

Q&A: Will Neuropsychiatric Imaging Lead to Overdiagnosis?

Overdiagnosis is commonly discussed in areas like breast imaging, where screening is widely conducted and media interest is high. While it’s under the radar for other diseases, it’s a big enough topic in the medical world to warrant a dedicated issue in Academic Radiology. Its August 2015 issue is devoted to overdiagnosis, a term used for disease that’s correctly…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on September 1, 2015 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Radiology Comics

How would you finish the sentence: "To calm your anxiety about your MRI...." Click here to find out how Diagnistic Imaging Comic Jon Hunter did. 

Source: UBM Diagnostic…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on July 20, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Radiologist Projections for 2015: Were They Right So Far?

At RSNA 2014, EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. conducted a survey of attendees regarding their top priorities for 2015. The numbers are highlighted in the infographic here. Now that we are more than half-way…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on July 18, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Imaging Can Detect CAC, Predict Mortality

Coronary artery calcification imaging determines plaque build up and accurately predicts 15-year mortality among asymptomatic patients, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers from Georgia, New York, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania,…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on July 16, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Pathway to Dominating Radiology and Imaging

A report from Transparency Market Research recently stated that the global teleradiology market was worth approximately $0.92 billion in 2012.  The estimation is…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on July 14, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Imaging Explains COPD Symptoms, Exercise Limitations

Magnetic resonance imaging can help measure exercise limitations in patients with mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and both MRI and CT can provide information about their symptoms, according to a study published in Radiology. 

Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click …

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on July 12, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Get Schooled! 7 Radiology Business Education Opportunities

Whether you’re a resident wanting to learn more about the business and leadership aspects of radiology, or you’re a practicing physician ready to increase the knowledge base outside of the reading room, here’s where to get schooled. - 

See the…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on July 10, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

Q&A: Alzheimer's Disease and Amyloid PET Imaging

In April, the ACR and the Alzheimer’s Association announced a four-year, $100 million research study to determine the clinical value of brain amyloid PET in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

When Medical Staff Challenge a Physician's Authority

I am known to be pretty easygoing with nursing staff. I don't yell, pitch a fit, or belittle clinical staff. My responses are generally mild, even when I am annoyed, frustrated, or incredulous. This may be causing problems. I wonder if I was more assertive about the things going on with my patients that I disagree with, I'd have an easier time of it.…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 11, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Don't get too comfortable: The one thing that’s constant in radiology is change.

Robert De Niro recently made headlines with an unusually frank graduation speech, telling art school grads in his initial statement that, “You made it. And you’re f***ed.” Of course, he went on to cushion the blow a bit, but not before pointing out that those earning other types of degrees, say, in accounting, would have jobs and a reasonable expectation of success and…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 9, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Radiology Residents Interpreting More Images



More radiology residents and fellows are interpreting imaging examinations of Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers from Georgia, Virginia, and Arkansas sought to evaluate changes in the…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Study: Additional Screening May Not Be Necessary for Dense Breasts

Dense breast tissue should not be the sole determinant for supplemental or alternative screening methods following a normal mammogram, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers from California, Washington, New Hampshire, and Vermont undertook a study to determine which combinations of breast cancer risk and Breast Imaging Reporting…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 5, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

10 Security Measures for Health Care IT

Helen Oscislawski, a lawyer who focuses on high tech and HIPAA law, outlined at SIIM 2015 ten security measures for health care IT to help keep your organization’s data secure. From HIPAA audits to social media and texting, Oscislawski has got you covered. View the slideshow …

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 3, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

Conference Insider: 5 Innovative Patient Experience Tools in Radiology

Sharon Gibson, operations manager in radiology, of Massachusetts General Hospital wants her radiology patients to be happy. She and Garry Choy, MD, a radiologist with MGH, presented at ACR 2015 some of the tools the MGH Imaging Department is utilizing to enhance the patient experience.

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 1, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Radiology Whisperer

Even within the radiological sphere, I often feel the need to begin and end with disclaimers about what I have to offer. For instance, when someone tells me, third-hand, what was said about a chest CT (neither images nor report available to me) and asks what I think, I feel I cannot underscore enough for them how much pertinent detail is missing from the scenario for me…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 30, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

10 Questions with Ron Schilling

Diagnostic Imaging's “10 Questions” series asks the same questions to a diverse group of professionals in the medical imaging community.

Here, they profiled Ron Schilling.

1. Please state your…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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