Diagnostic Reading #10: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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In the news: a new glass-free DR detector, and imaging insights on COVID-19.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: a new glass-free DR detector, imaging recommendations around COVID-19 vaccine; expert breast imaging tips from ECR 2021; essential MRI sequences for diagnosing MS; and new insights garnered from old X-rays.
What is more robust than a traditional detector? Weighs less than a traditional detector? And can improve staff and patient satisfaction? Answer: the new glass-free, ergonomically-designed Lux 35 Detector, Carestream’s newest and most advanced detector. Carestream engineers explain how they achieved this breakthrough in detector design.
Most routine imaging exams should be scheduled either before a patient’s second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or six weeks afterward, according to three major cancer centers, whose recommendations are part of new guidelines published in Radiology. However, providers should not delay other clinically indicated imaging because of a patient’s vaccine history. Radiologists in recent weeks have grappled with vaccination-associated adenopathy, leading to a “diagnostic conundrum” where lymph node inflammation may resemble malignancies.
ECR 2021: top three tips for breast imaging – Diagnostic Imaging
When it comes to breast imaging, there are many techniques and strategies available for identifying/evaluating lesions. In a session during the 2021 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) annual meeting, a group of international experts offered their top three tips for an array of breast imaging techniques, including stereotactic-, ultrasound- and MRI-guided biopsies.
Key sequences make MRI perfect for multiple sclerosis patients – AuntMinnie Europe
The potentially devastating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) on a person’s central nervous system make it even more vital that clinicians use the most effective MRI sequences to diagnose suspected cases, a leading expert said at the 2021 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) meeting. “MRI is crucial for the diagnosis of MS,” he noted. In particular, 3D fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), T2-weighted MRI and contrast-enhanced MRI are among the best tools to definitively determine the presence of MS and evaluate patients’ response to treatments.
Historical X-rays lend new insights into benign bone tumors in kids – Axis Imaging News
Benign bone tumors may be present in nearly 20% of healthy children, based on a review of historical radiographs in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Non-ossifying fibromas and other common benign bone tumors in symptom-free children are harmless and may resolve over time, said the researchers. “These findings provide unique evidence to answer many commonly encountered questions when counseling patients and their families on benign bone tumors.”