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  • Sunlight continues to damage skin in the dark

    Radiology / Nuclear Medicine News From Medical News Today
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure, a team of Yale-led researchers concluded in a study that was published online by the journal Science.
  • Ultrasound lags behind MRI for supplemental breast cancer screening

    Radiology / Nuclear Medicine News From Medical News Today
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Cancer screening of women with dense breast tissue is a subject of great interest to both the medical community and the press.
  • Knee OA Common in Younger People a Year After ACL Repair (CME/CE)

    MedPage Today Radiology
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Youth fails to protect against osteoarthritis following knee surgery.
  • Radiological Case: Mega Appendix

    Medscape Radiology Headlines
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    A patient presented to the emergency department with a four day history of moderate diffuse and constant abdominal pain. Was it appendicitis? Applied Radiology
  • BC Technical acquires Eclipse Systems Headlines
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Medical imaging equipment provider BC Technical has acquired Eclipse Systems, (more)
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  • Innovative Approaches to Radiology Operations from MedQuest Radiology ... - Business Wire (press release)

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
    Innovative Approaches to Radiology Operations from MedQuest Radiology Business Wire (press release)ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At one time, a hospital's radiology service line was a strong profit center. A decade later, after years of reimbursement cuts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as private insurers, hospitals are and more »
  • Lawmakers push radiology standards - News-Press Now

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Lawmakers push radiology standardsNews-Press NowTwo St. Joseph legislators are at the forefront of renewed calls for formal criteria to cover the state's radiologic technologists, assistants and practitioner assistants. Rep. Galen Higdon, R-St. Joseph, is again sponsoring a bill in the Missouri and more »
  • Tailored radiology treatments made possible with 3D printed devices - The Engineer

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Daily TimesTailored radiology treatments made possible with 3D printed devicesThe EngineerThis is the conclusion of a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. In the study, researchers and engineers collaborated to print catheters, stents and filaments that were bioactive, giving these devices Printing Offers New Drug Delivery MethodLaboratory Equipment3-D printing offers innovative method to deliver medicationMedical Xpress3D Printing Technology Offers Personalised Medication DeliveryAzom.comGizbotall 20 news articles »
  • Methodist Hospital: Interventional Radiology Debuts Larger, Modernized Space - WOWT

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    WOWTMethodist Hospital: Interventional Radiology Debuts Larger, Modernized SpaceWOWTInterventional radiology, which offers patients treatment options that are minimally invasive resulting in shorter recovery times, will now be done in a new, more modern space at Methodist Hospital. The new area made its debut last week. Interventional ...and more »
  • Intranasal radiology treatment breaks the migraine cycle - Science Codex

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    TheHealthSiteIntranasal radiology treatment breaks the migraine cycleScience CodexAn innovative interventional radiology treatment has been found to offer chronic migraine sufferers sustained relief of their headaches, according to research being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting Innovative radiology treatment provides relief to chronic migraine sufferersTheHealthSiteResearchers Have Found New Radiology Treatment That Breaks The Migraine Voice ChronicleNew radiology treatment can tackle migraine -Albany Times…
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  • A Physician Shortage, But Too Many Radiologists

    Alessandra Simmons
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you listen to the medical community, there’s a physician shortage brewing. By 2020, the country will need 91,500 additional doctors. By 2025, that figure rises to 130,600 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Where does radiology fit into that? At its heyday, around 2001–2003, radiologists were in high demand. As one of the most requested specialist searches by national health care search firm Merritt Hawkins, radiology is no  longer in their top 20. Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click: here.
  • Affordable Care Act: Radiologists Need to Define Quality

    Alessandra Simmons
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    A lot of people that aren’t in health care think that the Affordable Care Act was put in place to insure the uninsured, but its real goal is to lower the cost of health care from the government’s perspective, according to Brian Baker of Carealytics, in an interview with Diagnostic Imaging at AHRA 2014. The trend of growth in the population and the cost of health care is quickly unsustainable, Baker said. In addition to the rising spend in health care, “we’re finding new and better ways to make diagnostic imaging more appropriate and more beneficial for physicians, and it’s going to…
  • Lung-RADS Reduces False Positives, But Also Sensitivity

    Alessandra Simmons
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography may substantially reduce the false-positive result rate, but sensitivity is also decreased, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click here.
  • Preparing Radiology For Alternative Payment Models

    Alessandra Simmons
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    On January 26, 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two ambitious goals that have a significant impact on radiology: One half of all Medicare payment to physicians and hospitals will be made through alternative payment models (ie, medical homes and accountable care organizations) by 2018 and 85% of all fee-for-service payments will be tied to quality or value by 2016, with 90% by 2018. Shifting from fee-for-service reimbursement in Medicare to a pay-for-performance model has been long been an aspiration of HHS. However, this is the first time HHS has set explicit…
  • Radiology Analytics: Bright Future, Dim Present

    Alessandra Simmons
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Imagine that you have a referring physician complaining to the chair of the radiology department: they can’t get their patients in for an MR scan. He recommends that your department buy a new MR scanner. Your technologist says they’re really busy all day, which could also mean the department could benefit from a new MR scanner Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click here.
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  • GE Healthcare Empowers Europea s Radiologists with New Innovations

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Across Europe, healthcare professionals are facing significant economic and demographic challenges. Aging populations, the rise in non-communicable diseases, new regulations on radiation dose and the need for greater productivity are impacting on healthcare professionals everywhere.
  • MR spectroscopy shows precancerous breast changes in women with BRCA gene

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    A magnetic resonance spectroscopy technique that monitors biochemical changes in tissue could improve the management of women at risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology . Many women face a higher risk of breast cancer due to the presence of BRCA gene mutations.
  • New Treatment Could Give Migraine Sufferers More Relief

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
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  • Cherenkov Effect improves radiation therapy for patients with cancer

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    The characteristic blue glow from a nuclear reactor is present in radiation therapy, too. Investigators from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, led by Brian W. Pogue, PhD, and PhD candidates Adam K. Glaser and Rongxiao Zhang, published in Physics in Medicine and Biology how the complex parts of the blue light known as the Cherenkov Effect can be measured and used in dosimetry to make therapies safer and more effective.
  • 3-D printing offers innovative method to deliver medication

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:34 am
    That's according to a study being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. Researchers and engineers collaborated to print catheters, stents and filaments that were bioactive, giving these devices the ability to deliver antibiotics and chemotherapeutic medications to a targeted area in cell cultures.
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    American Journal of Neuroradiology current issue

  • Comparison of Spin-Echo and Gradient-Echo T1-Weighted and Spin-Echo T2-Weighted Images at 3T in Evaluating Term-Neonatal Myelination [PEDIATRICS]

    Tyan, A. E., McKinney, A. M., Hanson, T. J., Truwit, C. L.
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    SUMMARY: A prior clinical report of 3T MR imaging in subsequently healthy very premature neonates imaged at term-equivalent age found that both gradient recalled-echo–T1WI and spin-echo–T2WI showed higher rates of myelinated structures, compared with spin-echo–T1WI. The current study set out to assess those rates on the same sequences at 3T in term neonates and thus consisted of 16 term neonates with normal-appearing MR imaging findings who subsequently had normal findings at clinical follow-up. Two neuroradiologists independently assessed 19 structures in those infants on…
  • MR Imaging Features of Acute Mastoiditis and Their Clinical Relevance [HEAD & NECK]

    Saat, R., Laulajainen-Hongisto, A. H., Mahmood, G., Lempinen, L. J., Aarnisalo, A. A., Markkola, A. T., Jero, J. P.
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: MR imaging is often used for detecting intracranial complications of acute mastoiditis, whereas the intratemporal appearance of mastoiditis has been overlooked. The aim of this study was to assess the imaging features caused by acute mastoiditis in MR imaging and their clinical relevance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records and MR imaging findings of 31 patients with acute mastoiditis (21 adults, 10 children) were analyzed retrospectively. The degree of opacification in the temporal bone, signal and enhancement characteristics, bone destruction, and the presence of…
  • The Winds of Change [EDITORIALS]

    Castillo, M.
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
  • Efficacy of Skull Plain Films in Follow-up Evaluation of Cerebral Aneurysms Treated with Detachable Coils: Quantitative Assessment of Coil Mass [FELLOWS' JOURNAL CLUB]

    Ahn, S. J., Kim, B. M., Jung, W. S., Suh, S. H.
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Skull plain films of coiled aneurysms have been used in a limited role, including morphologic comparison of the coil mass. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of skull plain films in patients treated with detachable coils by using quantitative assessment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, 78 pairs of the initial and follow-up skull anteroposterior and lateral images were reviewed independently by 2 neuroradiologists. The largest diameter, the perpendicular diameter, and area of the coil mass were measured separately on plain film, and quantitative…
  • The Role of Functional Dopamine-Transporter SPECT Imaging in Parkinsonian Syndromes, Part 1 [REVIEW ARTICLES]

    Booth, T. C., Nathan, M., Waldman, A. D., Quigley, A.- M., Schapira, A. H., Buscombe, J.
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    SUMMARY: As we defeat infectious diseases and cancer, one of the greatest medical challenges facing us in the mid-21st century will be the increasing prevalence of degenerative disease. Those diseases, which affect movement and cognition, can be the most debilitating. Dysfunction of the extrapyramidal system results in increasing motor disability often manifest as tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity. The common pathologic pathway of these diseases, collectively described as parkinsonian syndromes, such as Parkinson disease, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal…
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    Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology

  • Intraventricular CNS lesions: A pictorial essay

    Jane Watts, Kelvin K Yap, Daniel Ou, Con Tartaglia, Nicholas Trost, Tom Sutherland
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    Summary Intraventricular lesions of the central nervous system (CNS) can present a diagnostic challenge due to a range of differential diagnoses and radiological appearances. Both CT and MRI imaging findings, in combination with location and patient's age, can help limit the differentials. This pictorial essay presents the salient radiological features, location and demographics of the more common intraventricular lesions of the brain.
  • Isolated ventriculomegaly on prenatal ultrasound: What does fetal MRI add?

    Tejaswi Kandula, Michael Fahey, Rebecca Chalmers, Andrew Edwards, Paul Shekleton, Mark Teoh, Jenni Clark, Stacy K. Goergen
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    Abstract IntroductionCerebral ventriculomegaly is one of the most commonly detected fetal anomalies at the midtrimester ultrasound. Current evidence suggests that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is indicated when the isolated ventriculomegaly (IVM) on ultrasound is severe (>15 mm), but there is less agreement when IVM is mild or moderate (10–15 mm). The current study aimed to determine the frequency and nature of additional findings on MRI in IVM and their relationship to the severity of VM and gestational age. MethodsData were gathered prospectively from all pregnant women with…
  • Audit of radiation dose delivered in time-resolved four-dimensional computed tomography in a radiotherapy department

    Patricia Hubbard, Jason Callahan, Jim Cramb, Ray Budd, Tomas Kron
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    Abstract IntroductionTo review the dose delivered to patients in time-resolved computed tomography (4D CT) used for radiotherapy treatment planning. Methods4D CT is used at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre since July 2007 for radiotherapy treatment planning using a Philips Brilliance Wide Bore CT scanner (16 slice, helical 4D CT acquisition). All scans are performed at 140 kVp and reconstructed in 10 datasets for different phases of the breathing cycle. Dose records were analysed retrospectively for 387 patients who underwent 4D CT procedures between 2007 and 2013. ResultsA total of 444 4D CT…
  • Intra-tumour 18F-FDG uptake heterogeneity decreases the reliability on target volume definition with positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging

    Xinzhe Dong, Peipei Wu, Xiaorong Sun, Wenwu Li, Honglin Wan, Jinming Yu, Ligang Xing
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Abstract IntroductionThis study aims to explore whether the intra-tumour 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake heterogeneity affects the reliability of target volume definition with FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging for nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and squamous cell oesophageal cancer (SCEC). MethodsPatients with NSCLC (n = 50) or SCEC (n = 50) who received 18F-FDG PET/CT scanning before treatments were included in this retrospective study. Intra-tumour FDG uptake heterogeneity was assessed by visual scoring, the coefficient of variation (COV) of…
  • Duplex kidney: Not just a drooping lily

    Ashlea J Doery, Eileen Ang, Michael R Ditchfield
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Abstract IntroductionDuplex kidneys are common, mostly asymptomatic and of no clinical significance. However, they can be associated with significant pathology, often with long-term morbidity. There is minimal literature on the review of the duplex kidney, its associated anomalies and complications. The purpose of this paper is to review our experience of imaging the spectrum of abnormalities associated with duplex kidneys in the paediatric population and correlate this with contemporary literature. MethodA retrospective review of the radiology database in a tertiary paediatric centre was…
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    BMC Medical Imaging - Latest Articles

  • A comparative study of 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography and 99m Tc-MDP whole-body bone scanning for imaging osteolytic bone metastases

    Lin Zhang
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and diagnostic value of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) and 99mTc-methylenediphosphonate (MDP) whole-body bone scanning (BS) for the detection of osteolytic bone metastases. Methods: Thirty-four patients with pathologically confirmed malignancies and suspected osteolytic bone metastases underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT and 99mTc-MDP whole-body BS within 30 days. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy with respect to the diagnosis of osteolytic bone metastases and bone…
  • Voting for Image Scoring and Assessment (VISA) - theory and application of a 2¿+¿1 reader algorithm to improve accuracy of imaging endpoints in clinical trials

    Klaus Gottlieb
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Independent central reading or off-site reading of imaging endpoints is increasingly used in clinical trials. Clinician-reported outcomes, such as endoscopic disease activity scores, have been shown to be subject to bias and random error. Central reading attempts to limit bias and improve accuracy of the assessment, two factors that are critical to trial success. Whether one central reader is sufficient and how to best integrate the input of more than one central reader into one output measure, is currently not known.In this concept paper we develop the theoretical foundations of a reading…
  • Valid and efficient manual estimates of intracranial volume from magnetic resonance images

    Niklas Klasson
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Manual segmentations of the whole intracranial vault in high-resolution magnetic resonance images are often regarded as very time-consuming. Therefore it is common to only segment a few linearly spaced intracranial areas to estimate the whole volume. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate how the validity of intracranial volume estimates is affected by the chosen interpolation method, orientation of the intracranial areas and the linear spacing between them. Methods: Intracranial volumes were manually segmented on 62 participants from the Gothenburg MCI study using…
  • Hibernoma ¿ two patients with a rare lipoid soft-tissue tumour

    Dirk Daubner
    14 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Background: Hibernomas are rare benign soft-tissue tumours arising from brown fat tissue. Although imaging characteristics are not specific certain imaging features, common locations and patient demographics may suggest hibernoma as a differential diagnosis.Case presentationWe report on two 48-year-old male patients with hibernoma. The tumour presented with local swelling of the inguinal region in the first patient and was an incidental imaging finding in the second patient. Imaging included magnetic resonance imaging in both patients and computed tomography as well as 18?F-fluorodeoxyglucose…
  • BMC Medical Imaging reviewer acknowledgement 2014

    Clare Partridge
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Contributing reviewersThe editors of BMC Medical Imaging would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 14 (2014).
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    Cardiovascular Ultrasound - Latest Articles

  • Reviewer acknowledgement 2014

    Eugenio Picano
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Contributing reviewersThe Editors of Cardiovascular Ultrasound would like to thank all of our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 12 (2014) and whose valuable support is fundamental to its success.
  • Myocardial function in aortic stenosis ¿ insights from radial multilayer Doppler strain

    Dana Cramariuc
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Left ventricular (LV) radial tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) strain increases gradually from the subepicardial to the subendocardial layer in healthy individuals. A speckle tracking echocardiography study suggested this gradient to be reduced in parallel with increasing aortic stenosis (AS) severity. Methods: We used TDI strain in 84 patients with AS (mean age 73 ± 10 years, 56% hypertensive) for superior assessment of layer strain. 38 patients had non-severe and 46 severe AS by aortic valve area corrected for pressure recovery. Peak systolic radial TDI strain was measured in…
  • Comparison of left ventricular mechanics in runners versus bodybuilders using speckle tracking echocardiography

    Ipoly Szauder
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Athlete’s heart is a common definition for a broad spectrum of adaptations induced by intense exercise. We intended to compare left ventricular (LV) mechanics in two sports disciplines with different exercise nature: marathon runners (endurance) and bodybuilders (power). Methods: 24 marathon or ultramarathon runners (R), 14 bodybuilders (B) and 15 healthy, sedentary male volunteers (N) were investigated. Beyond standard echocardiographic protocol, parasternal short-axis and apical recordings optimized for speckle tracking analysis were acquired (Esaote MyLab 25). Using dedicated…
  • Structural and functional changes in maternal left ventricle during pregnancy: a three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography study

    Juan Cong
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Pregnancy represents a physiological adaptation to the transient load changes of maternal heart. This study aimed to investigate maternal left ventricle (LV) performance during normal pregnancy by three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3D STE) parameters considering LV loading and shape. Methods: Sequential two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) and 3D STE were performed on 68 women during each pregnancy trimester and 6 to 9 weeks after delivery, while thirty age-matched, healthy, nonpregnant women served as controls. Global longitudinal strain (GLS), global…
  • Measurements of carotid intima media thickness in non-invasive high-frequency ultrasound images: the effect of dynamic range setting

    Mario Gaarder
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) measured with ultrasound (US) is widely used as biomarker for arteriosclerosis and as surrogate endpoint in interventional studies to assess efficacy of drug therapies. Strict US protocols are necessary to ensure reproducibility. The range of US signal intensities used for image formation, the dynamic range (DR), is rarely reported in studies and little is known about its effect on CIMT measurements in humans. The purpose of this study was to quantify the impact of DR on measurements of CIMT. Methods: US was used to examine 313 carotid…
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    Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

  • Aspiration Thrombectomy Using the Penumbra Catheter

    Rahmi Oklu, Mohammad Ghasemi-Rad, Zubin Irani, Katelyn N. Brinegar, Emre Toner, Joshua A. Hirsch
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Thromboembolic diseases are among the most prevalent medical problems today and cause stroke, myocardial ischemia, acute limb ischemia, and pulmonary embolism. Various treatment modalities exist, ranging from medical therapy to endovascular techniques. In the management of a thromboembolic condition causing a threatened limb, common options for treatment include surgical thromboembolectomy, percutaneous thrombectomy, and/or thrombolysis. In recent decades, many mechanical thromboembolectomy devices have become commercially available and have proven to be useful in the treatment of acute…
  • Early Introduction of IR to Premedical and Medical Students: Initiatives at a Single U.S. Institution

    Erica S. Alexander, Jason T. Machan, Sun H. Ahn
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties approved the American Board of Radiology’s application for a dual primary certificate in interventional radiology (IR) and diagnostic radiology (DR) (1). This approval not only designated IR as the 37th primary certificate in the United States, but it also marked a milestone in recognizing that IR is a unique area of medicine that requires a distinct skill set for future trainees. The new primary certificate will result in many vascular and IR (VIR) fellowship positions being converted to integrated IR/DR residency positions.
  • Treatment of Cystic Lymphangioma by Transcatheter Lymphatic Sclerotherapy and Embolization

    Junsheng Kang, Feng Qiao, Shaowu He, Yan Wang, Lei Nie, Fengcun Ji, Bo Wu
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Lymphangiomas are benign lesions characterized by the proliferation of thin-walled lymphatic spaces. Only 1% are retroperitoneal (1). Although some authors recommend that most retroperitoneal lymphangiomas be totally excised (2), we treated a patient with this disorder with a novel interventional technique.
  • Scrubbing with Charles Dotter on an Angioplasty

    Frederick S. Keller
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    January 15, 1976: It was my first case on my first day of my first rotation on “angiography.” I was in my second year of a 3-year diagnostic radiology residency. Interventional radiology as a subspecialty did not yet exist at that time; invasive intraarterial and intravenous vascular procedures were done in the “angiography” or “special procedures” sections of diagnostic radiology departments.
  • Contrast-Induced Thrombosis: Are We Aware?

    Suleyman Cagan Efe, Semi Ozturk, Ahmet Seyfettin Gurbuz, Mehmet Fatih Yilmaz, Emrah Acar, Alev Kilicgedik, Ahmet Guler, Cevat Kirma
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Various types of contrast agents are used in angiographic procedures. Nonionic agents are preferred over other agents because of fewer adverse effects. Although nonionic contrast agents (NICAs) are safer compared with ionic contrast agents, their individual adverse effects differ. We report a patient in whom blood aggregation occurred when the patients blood was mixed with an iopromide-containing agent at the time of coronary angiography.
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    Human Brain Mapping

  • The neural correlates of volitional attention: A combined fMRI and ERP study

    Jesse J. Bengson, Todd A. Kelley, George R. Mangun
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Abstract Studies of visual-spatial attention typically use instructional cues to direct attention to a relevant location, but in everyday vision, attention is often focused volitionally, in the absence of external signals. Although investigations of cued attention comprise hundreds of behavioral and physiological studies, remarkably few studies of voluntary attention have addressed the challenging question of how spatial attention is initiated and controlled in the absence of external instructions, which we refer to as willed attention. To explore this question, we employed a trial-by-trial…
  • Bringing memory fMRI to the clinic: Comparison of seven memory fMRI protocols in temporal lobe epilepsy

    Karren Towgood, Gareth J. Barker, Alejandro Caceres, William R Crum, Robert D.C. Elwes, Sergi G. Costafreda, Mitul A. Mehta, Robin G. Morris, Tim J. von Oertzen, Mark P. Richardson
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Abstract fMRI is increasingly implemented in the clinic to assess memory function. There are multiple approaches to memory fMRI, but limited data on advantages and reliability of different methods. Here, we compared effect size, activation lateralisation, and between-sessions reliability of seven memory fMRI protocols: Hometown Walking (block design), Scene encoding (block design and event-related design), Picture encoding (block and event-related), and Word encoding (block and event-related). All protocols were performed on three occasions in 16 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE).
  • Connectivity and functional profiling of abnormal brain structures in pedophilia

    Timm B. Poeppl, Simon B. Eickhoff, Peter T. Fox, Angela R. Laird, Rainer Rupprecht, Berthold Langguth, Danilo Bzdok
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Abstract Despite its 0.5–1% lifetime prevalence in men and its general societal relevance, neuroimaging investigations in pedophilia are scarce. Preliminary findings indicate abnormal brain structure and function. However, no study has yet linked structural alterations in pedophiles to both connectional and functional properties of the aberrant hotspots. The relationship between morphological alterations and brain function in pedophilia as well as their contribution to its psychopathology thus remain unclear. First, we assessed bimodal connectivity of structurally altered candidate regions…
  • The effect of ageing on fMRI: Correction for the confounding effects of vascular reactivity evaluated by joint fMRI and MEG in 335 adults

    Kamen A. Tsvetanov, Richard N. A. Henson, Lorraine K. Tyler, Simon W. Davis, Meredith A. Shafto, Jason R. Taylor, Nitin Williams, Cam-CAN, James B. Rowe
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    Abstract In functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research one is typically interested in neural activity. However, the blood-oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) signal is a composite of both neural and vascular activity. As factors such as age or medication may alter vascular function, it is essential to account for changes in neurovascular coupling when investigating neurocognitive functioning with fMRI. The resting-state fluctuation amplitude (RSFA) in the fMRI signal (rsfMRI) has been proposed as an index of vascular reactivity. The RSFA compares favourably with other techniques…
  • Measuring vascular reactivity with breath-holds after stroke: A method to aid interpretation of group-level BOLD signal changes in longitudinal fMRI studies

    Fatemeh Geranmayeh, Richard J.S. Wise, Robert Leech, Kevin Murphy
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Abstract Blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) contrast functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a widely used technique to map brain function, and to monitor its recovery after stroke. Since stroke has a vascular etiology, the neurovascular coupling between cerebral blood flow and neural activity may be altered, resulting in uncertainties when interpreting longitudinal BOLD signal changes. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of using a recently validated breath-hold task in patients with stroke, both to assess group level changes in cerebrovascular…
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    Journal of Clinical Ultrasound

  • The right atrium, a forgotten cardiac chamber: An updated review of multimodality imaging

    Marijana Tadic
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:18 pm
    ABSTRACT Despite several limitations, two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) is the standard method for assessing the right atrium (RA) in everyday clinical routine. Cardiac magnetic resonance remains the current “gold standard” for RA visualization and volume quantification. The development of 2DE-derived strain imaging has enabled assessing RA deformation and phasic function in various pathologic conditions. Three-dimensional echocardiography was demonstrated to be more accurate and reproducible than 2DE for cardiac chamber quantification, while also allowing the evaluation of RA phasic…
  • Ultrasound diagnosis of serous surface papillary borderline ovarian tumor: A case series with a review of the literature

    Manuela Ludovisi, Xulin Foo, Sara Mainenti, Antonia Carla Testa, Rupali Arora, Davor Jurkovic
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    ABSTRACT Serous surface papillary borderline ovarian tumors (SSPBOTs) are a rare morphologic variant of serous ovarian tumors that are typically confined to the ovarian surface, while the ovaries themselves tend to appear normal in size and shape. In this report, we describe the findings from five premenopausal women diagnosed with SSPBOTs, in whom ultrasound showed grossly normal ovaries that were partially or wholly covered with irregular solid tumors. In all five cases, histologic examination showed evidence of borderline serous tumors. These findings demonstrate that SSPBOTs can be…
  • Sonographic appearances of torsion of the appendix testis and appendix epididymis in children

    Mikahl Lev, Jacob Ramon, Yoram Mor, Jeffrey M. Jacobson, Michalle Soudack
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:41 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeThe most common cause of acute scrotum in prepubertal boys is torsion of the testicular or epididymal appendages. The purpose of this retrospective study was to characterize the features of these lesions as viewed on sonographic (US) and color Doppler US examination. MethodsDuring a 220-week period, 527 male patients 0–17 years old had been referred from the pediatric emergency department for scrotal US evaluation. Torsion of the appendix testis or appendix epididymis had been diagnosed in 19 (3.6%) patients, 3–14 years old (mean, 9.4 years); those patients became our…
  • Preliminary results of contrast-enhanced sonography in the evaluation of the response of uveal melanoma to gamma-knife radiosurgery

    Massimo Venturini, Caterina Colantoni, Giulio Modorati, Maura Di Nicola, Annalisa Colucci, Giulia Agostini, Piero Picozzi, Francesco De Cobelli, Giorgio Parmiani, Pietro Mortini, Francesco Bandello, Alessandro Del Maschio
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeOur aim was to prospectively analyze the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the quantitative assessment of the response of uveal melanoma (UM) to gamma-knife radiosurgery (GKR), investigating whether changes in tumor vascularization precede thickness reduction, which on average occurs at 12 months after GKR. MethodsTen patients with UM treated with GKR underwent sonography (US) and CEUS at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months after GKR. The transverse diameter, thickness, and quantitative parameters of the UM (ie, area under the curve in the wash-in phase, wash-in…
  • Randomized study of teaching ultrasound-guided vascular cannulation using a phantom and the freehand versus needle guide–assisted puncture techniques

    Usman Jaffer, Pasha Normahani, Prashant Singh, Mohammed Aslam, Nigel J. Standfield
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    ABSTRACT PurposeThe task of ultrasound-guided vessel cannulation can be technically difficult. Needle guides have been designed to facilitate vessel puncture. We aimed to identify and compare the learning curves of participants performing vessel puncture with conventional freehand (FH) and needle guide–assisted (NG) techniques. MethodsThirty-six participants were randomly allocated to either the FH or the NG group. They were asked to consecutively perform as many as 30 vessel punctures on a simulated phantom model. Quantitative metrics (time taken and number of skin and posterior-wall…
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  • CAPIRI-IMRT: a phase II study of concurrent capecitabine and irinotecan with intensity-modulated radiation therapy for the treatment of recurrent rectal cancer

    Gang Cai
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: This study investigated the local effect and acute toxicity of irinotecan and capecitabine with concurrent intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of recurrent rectal cancer without prior pelvic irradiation. Methods: Seventy-one patients diagnosed with recurrent rectal cancer who did not previously receive pelvic irradiation were treated in our hospital from October 2009 to July 2012. Radiotherapy was delivered to the pelvis, and IMRT of 45 Gy (1.8 Gy per fraction), followed by a boost of 10 Gy to 16 Gy (2 Gy per fraction), was delivered to the…
  • A cell-based high-throughput screening assay for radiation susceptibility using automated cell counting

    Jasmina Hodzic
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Radiotherapy is one of the mainstays in the treatment for cancer, but its success can be limited due to inherent or acquired resistance. Mechanisms underlying radioresistance in various cancers are poorly understood and available radiosensitizers have shown only modest clinical benefit. There is thus a need to identify new targets and drugs for more effective sensitization of cancer cells to irradiation. Compound and RNA interference high-throughput screening technologies allow comprehensive enterprises to identify new agents and targets for radiosensitization. However, the gold…
  • Ion therapy of prostate cancer: daily rectal dose reduction by application of spacer gel

    Antoni Rucinski
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: Ion beam therapy represents a promising approach to treat prostate cancer, mainly due to its high conformity and radiobiological effectiveness. However, the presence of prostate motion, patient positioning and range uncertainties may deteriorate target dose and increase exposure of organs at risk. Spacer gel injected between prostate and rectum may increase the safety of prostate cancer (PC) radiation therapy by separating the rectum from the target dose field. The dosimetric impact of the application of spacer gel for scanned carbon ion therapy of PC has been analyzed at…
  • Salvage radiotherapy in patients with local recurrent esophageal cancer after radical radiochemotherapy

    Zhi-guo Zhou
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    PurposeThe aim of this study was to evaluate the salvage radiotherapy outcome in patients with local recurrent esophageal cancer after radical radiochemotherapy (RCT). Methods: A total of 114 patients with local recurrent esophageal squamous cell carcinoma after initial radical RCT were retrospectively analyzed. Fifty-five (55) patients belonged to the salvage radiotherapy group (SR group) and 59 patients to the non-salvage radiotherapy group (NSR group). Results: The median survival time after-recurrence was 4 months in all patients. The 1, 2, 3 year overall survival (OS) rates were 83.6%,…
  • Dose calculation of Acuros XB and Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm in lung stereotactic body radiotherapy treatment with flattening filter free beams and the potential role of calculation grid size

    Baotian Huang
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Background: The study aimed to appraise the dose differences between Acuros XB (AXB) and Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm (AAA) in stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) treatment for lung cancer with flattening filter free (FFF) beams. Additionally, the potential role of the calculation grid size (CGS) on the dose differences between the two algorithms was also investigated. Methods: SBRT plans with 6X and 10X FFF beams produced from the CT scan data of 10 patients suffering from stage I lung cancer were enrolled in this study. Clinically acceptable treatment plans with AAA were recalculated…
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    The Radiology Portal

  • New Continuing Education site.

    20 Feb 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I was just was made aware of a continuing education site I think you should check out. It’s a very straight forward, easy to navigate site, and all the credits are approved by the ASRT. Here’s the link: ce4rt  Getting continuing education is now easier for radiologic technologists who are busy and on the go. And finally there are courses that are made for you and your profession instead of physician books that are out of your scope of practice. No more sitting in seminars all day or snail mailing books to get credits. We have unique courses offering a variety of credits to meet…
  • CTDave95 on Pinterest

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Check out my Pinterest Board on Radiology. I think you’ll find it very interesting!! Dave  
  • My Professions

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    My Professions I love this picture, it reminds me of the 2 professions I’ve been involved in for almost all my life, a retired radiologic technologist, and a professional drummer. I just wanted to share it!!   Xray drum kit.
  • Why Researchers Say Hospitals Should Be Run More Like Hotels

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:07 am
    I’ve always believed this, and I think hospitals are all trying to achieve this because of the national survey which compares, and rates hospitals across the country. I thought this article was interesting, and I wanted to share it. From the Additive Analytics Blog, Why Researchers Say Hospitals Should Be Run More Like Hotels. Comments welcomed.    
  • Automated CT Dose-Tracking Software Effective in Clinical Setting

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here’s a report from Radiology Today Reporters’ Notebook, I thought might be of interest. I read this today on Twitter. Automated CT Dose-Tracking Software Effective in Clinical Setting
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    Sumer's Radiology Blog

  • Meningioma Radio-Path Series

    Sumer Sethi
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    #Radiopath series, #meningioma  In continuation with our efforts to compile key correlation about radiology and pathology findings which are vital for medical students' understanding of pathology and their radiological correlation.Famous Radiology Blog TeleRad Providers at Mail us at
  • Imaging 3.0-Volume to Value

    Sumer Sethi
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    ACR initiative : Imaging 3.0 is Radiology’s Roadmap for the transition from volume-based imaging to value-based imaging care.Reference: Radiology Blog TeleRad Providers at Mail us at
  • Computer Aided Diagnosis-Basics

    Sumer Sethi
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Computer-aided diagnosis  is rapidly entering the radiology mainstream. In developed conuntries, it has already become a part of the routine clinical work for mammograms. The computer output is used as a "second opinion" in assisting radiologists' image interpretations. The computer algorithm generally consists of several steps that may include image processing, image feature analysis, and data classification via the use of tools such as artificial neural networks (ANN).It has also been used for lung nodules detection, vertebral fracture assessment and for evaluating serial interval…
  • MCI suspends 15 Doctors for Pharma Sponsored Foreign Trip

    Sumer Sethi
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:38 pm
    The Medical Council of India has ordered a six month suspension of the licences of 15 doctors who travelled to the United Kingdom in 2012 on what the council says was a trip paid for by a drug company. The order, issued last week, came amid longstanding concerns that some doctors in India may be accepting travel support and hospitality from drug companies, thus breaching ethical guidelines issued by the council nearly six years ago. Reference:Medical Council of India orders doctors’ suspension for drug industry junket. BMJ 2015; 350 doi:…
  • CT Scan for Chinese "Mummy"

    Sumer Sethi
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    "A special examination recently occurred in the Meander Medical Center. A nearly 1,000 year old mummy received a CT scan and had samples taken with an endoscope. The mummy is the mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School. The discovery of the mummy is of great cultural significance. It is not only the only one of its kind, but also the only Chinese Buddhist mummy that is available for scientific research in the West."Source and Image Courtesy:1000-YEAR-OLD CHINESE MUMMY GETS CT SCAN IN AMERSFOORT. Posted on Dec 9, 2014 by Janene Van…
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  • Diverse Sonography Student Body Matters

    Lisa Parmley
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    The U.S. population is becoming more diverse each day with important implications for the delivery of quality health care services to diverse patients. It is clear that healthcare professions, including Diagnostic Medical Sonography, should reflect the makeup of the patients they serve for many reasons. The only way that will happen is if a more […] The post Diverse Sonography Student Body Matters appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Sonography Students Learn to Use Five Senses

    Lisa Parmley
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    The descriptions of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer’s typical duties make liberal use of action words. Sonographers observe, prepare, communicate, write, coordinate and so on. The action words indicate that ultrasound technicians fully utilize all five senses – sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste – in order to deliver quality healthcare services. Understanding the role of the […] The post Sonography Students Learn to Use Five Senses appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Accredited Sonography Schools in Fresno, California

    Lisa Parmley
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Fresno, California is located in the central part of the state in the San Joaquin Valley. Agriculture is by far the largest industry. The city is concentrating on expanding hospital and clinic capacities to better serve the regional population, and that will equate to employment opportunities for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in 2015 and beyond. Fresno […] The post Accredited Sonography Schools in Fresno, California appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • 12 Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Ohio

    Lisa Parmley
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 am
    (found 12 schools) Do you want to study sonography in one of accredited ultrasound technician schools in Ohio in 2015? Ohio is a diverse state that is proud of its rich variety of activities that include a charter fishing excursion on Lake Erie, a scenic hike through Hocking Hills State Park, a visit to the […] The post 12 Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Ohio appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
  • Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Oklahoma

    Lisa Parmley
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:55 am
    (found 3 schools) Popularly known as “The Sooner State”, Oklahoma has a wild west heritage, 250 museums, and a stunning landscaping offering just about everything imaginable in the way of outdoor sports. There is an active State Office of Rural Health promoting quality healthcare to rural Oklahoman residents, and Diagnostic Medical Sonographers can work in […] The post Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Oklahoma appeared first on Ultrasound Technician.
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