Diagnostic Reading #48: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Use cases for ultrasound, mobile imaging and MRI make headlines.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: the drivers behind the increase in mobile imaging, handheld ultrasound helpful with COVID imaging; deep learning model better identifies breast cancer risk; innovations in neuroradiology presented at RSNA; and radiology certification costs higher than most specialties.
Benefits of Mobile Imaging – Everything Rad
Opportunities for improved patient care, infection control and faster diagnosis are driving the increase in exams done with mobile imaging. Read the blog to learn more about the benefits of mobile imaging and its potential clinical use cases throughout your healthcare facility.
Handheld ultrasound scanners are invaluable tools for performing imaging in patients with COVID-19, according to a presentation at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2020 virtual meeting. Handheld ultrasound machines are easy to clean, transport and disinfect—crucial benefits during an infectious disease pandemic. The study presenter said that while CT is the optimal imaging modality for patients with COVID-19, she hoped radiologists would also consider adding ultrasound to their pandemic imaging arsenal.
Deep learning predicts women’s risk for breast cancer – Axis Imaging News
Researchers have developed a deep learning model that identifies imaging biomarkers on screening mammograms to predict a patient’s risk for developing breast cancer, providing greater accuracy than traditional risk assessment tools—with study results presented at the virtual annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Every woman’s mammogram “contains imaging biomarkers that are highly predictive of future cancer risk, but until we had the tools of deep learning, we were not able to extract this information to improve patient care,” said a study author.
What’s on the horizon with MRI for neuroradiology – Diagnostic Imaging
There has been a substantial amount of innovative neuroradiology technology developed in recent years, and many of these tools are coming into clinical practice. During the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, subspecialty experts shared some of the more interesting and effective technologies that are in the neuroradiology pipeline, including 7T MRI and MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS).
Radiologists spend about $14,680 on certification over the course of a 30-year career, one of the highest totals among medical specialties, according to a recent report from the American College of Radiology’s Task Force on Certification. Among other member entities of the American Board of Medical Specialties, radiology’s total exceeds professions such as pathology ($7,100) or orthopaedic surgery ($11,165). ACR pinpointed high fees for the board’s services as one of the chief complaints among its members.