Owners Can Now Repair Imaging Devices

10. November 2021 News 0
A final rule was recently granted by the federal government that allows medical imaging equipment owners to repair their machines without intervention from the maker. This new rule shatters a copyright barrier that was previously in place. An exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allows servicers to work around medical device security controls ...

Samsung Introduces Novel V8: High-End Ultrasound System

28. October 2021 News 0
Samsung, specifically NeuroLogica Corp., its United States healthcare subsidiary, recently introduced the V8: a high-end ultrasound system with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. The machine boasts improved image quality, usability, and enhanced accessibility for ultrasound technicians.  The United States Food and Drug Administration recently cleared the V8 for commercial use. Two new AI functions include “NerveTrack,” ...

FDA Clears First Photon-Counting CT System

13. October 2021 News 0
On September 30, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the world’s first photon-counting Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. Dubbed the Siemens Naeotom Alpha, the machine is a revolution in technology and represents the biggest shift in radiology in years. Laurel Burk, Ph. D., assistant director of the Diagnostic X-ray Systems Team in the ...

MRI Machine Falls, Kills Worker

29. September 2021 News 0
At the University of Utah Health, a contracted worker was moving an MRI when the machine fell and killed him. The accident occurred at a loading dock as the machine was being moved outside of the building from the fourth floor to the first floor. The injured man was sent to the Emergency Department at ...

Study Finds Over 99% Of Knee X-Rays Following Replacement Surgery to Be Unnecessary

16. September 2021 News 0
According to a new analysis, the healthcare system is losing millions of dollars due to unnecessary x-rays following total knee replacement surgery. Experts from The Knee wrote that performing radiographs after surgery is common; however, there is not a lot of data supporting their usefulness. To better understand, Brigham and Women’s scientists examined specific data ...

Ultrasound Gel Recalled by FDA

25. August 2021 News 0
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled eight lots of Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals ultrasound gel, with contamination being the culprit. Confirmed bacterial infections affected 15 patients who were in contact with the Eco-Gel 200 ultrasound gel. Unconfirmed cases are also suspected. Eco-Gel instructed customers to immediately halt the use of the gel and return ...

Radiology Practice Data Breach Sparks Cybersecurity Implementation

13. August 2021 News 0
A recently issued press release from Express MRI informed patients of a data breach, in which personal information was in jeopardy. The hackers infiltrated the Express MRI security system through e-mail addresses, exposing clients’ name, home address, e-mail, date of birth, referring physician, body part scanned, and information regarding workers’ compensation or accident investigations. Express ...

Side Gigs Common Among Radiologists and Other Doctors During Pandemic

29. July 2021 News 0
According to a recently published survey by Medscape, roughly 40 percent of radiologists and other physicians have side jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. These second gigs allow physicians to create an additional income stream or pursue a creative passion project. More than 2,500 United States physicians were surveyed about their jobs, how much they are ...

Low-Cost Imaging Reporting Can Help Lower Unnecessary Opioid Prescriptions

16. July 2021 News 0
A new report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests radiologists can help drop unnecessary opioid prescriptions by using a low-cost reporting change. Healthcare providers on the West Coast have experimented with improving patient care by including pertinent information in their reports. Providers can notate treatment options that do not include ...