X-ray

Medical X-rays are used to transmit 2D images of bones, organs and some soft tissue into PACS systems where radiologists, radiologic technologists and referring providers can all view the images. X-rays are used to diagnose fractures, bone abnormalities, lung pathologies and tumors, as well as monitor pediatric growth, plan for surgery and treat oncology patients during radiation therapy.

Patient gonadal and fetal shielding is not necessary during x-rays and should be discontinued, according to a new position statement issued by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).

Artificial intelligence (AI) can assess thoracic disease findings in chest x-rays with higher accuracy than radiologists, according to research published in JAMA Network Open. The same algorithm can also improve reader performance when utilized as a second reader.  

National Mobile X-Ray, a Lakeway, Texas-based mobile imaging provider, announced that it has acquired Asheville, North Carolina-based MMDS Mobile X-Ray.

Siemens Healthineers announced Wednesday, March 20, that its new mobile x-ray system, the Mobilett Elara Max, has gained FDA approval.

Researchers used a convolutional neural network (CNN) to classify acute and non-acute findings in pediatric elbow x-rays, according to new research published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence. The team’s recurrent neural network was able to interpret an entire series of images together, mimicking the decision-making process of a human radiologist.

Object detection convolutional neural networks (CNNs) can detect and localize fractures in wrist x-rays, according to a new study published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.

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Horton General Hospital in Banbury, England, has installed new and improved x-ray equipment to help provide better patient care. The addition is part of a £3.2 million (approximately $4.4 million) upgrade to the hospital.

Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence (AI) system to prioritize chest x-rays containing critical findings, according to a new study published in Radiology.

At North Cotswolds Community Hospital in Gloucestershire, England, x-ray services were reduced due to ongoing staffing issues. There are now fears that this temporary change will be made permanent. 

A woman in Colorado was left stunned after she found herself with a $5,500 bill from a visit to a free-standing ER. She stopped at the facility when she was having difficulty breathing and received a chest x-ray.

The higher dose of radiation required to x-ray extremely obese patients increases those patients’ risk of cancer, according to new research published in the Journal of Radiological Protection. The chances of getting cancer due to undergoing an x-ray are still quite low, the authors added.

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A new draft guidance from the FDA aims to clarify the agency’s policies concerning the production of diagnostic x-ray systems. The guidance, “Clarification of Radiation Control Regulations for Manufacturers of Diagnostic X-Ray Equipment,” once finalized, would replace the FDA’s previous guidance on this issue from 1989.

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Ron Blankstein, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, explains recent advances in coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) technology. 

With the elevation of cardiac CT to a 1A indication in the 2021 Chest Pain Guidelines, there has been a large amount of interest in starting coronary artery CT angiography (CCTA) programs. 

Yet another lawsuit is taking aim at the Affordable Care Act, and 61 U.S. medical organizations have joined forces to speak out.

   
   
   
   
   
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