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Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology uses fluoroscopy, CT, and ultrasound to guide insertion through the skin by needle puncture, including wires and catheters, for procedures such as biopsies, draining fluids, and dilating narrowed vessels. Direct interventional radiology procedures include angiography, chemoembolization, thrombolysis, and varicous vein treatment.

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A new MRI-guided laser technique can help patients suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy without the dangers of conventional surgery, according to research led by neurosurgeons at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

“Real-time magnetic resonance–guided stereotactic laser amygdalohippocampotomy is a technically novel, safe, and effective alternative to open surgery,” concludes the abstract of an article about the technique that was published in … read more »

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A new, more precise type of prostate biopsy, guided by both MRI and ultrasound, showed that more than a third of prostate cancer patients enrolled in a “watchful waiting” program should have been receiving more aggressive treatment, according to a UCLA study.

Senior author Leonard Marks, a UCLA urology professor, directs the university’s prostate cancer active surveillance program, which encompasses nearly … read more »

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University of Michigan researchers may finally have figured out how to use terahertz rays for imaging—by converting them into ultrasound.

The terahertz band lies between microwaves and infrared light on the electromagnetic spectrum. (From left to right, longer to shorter wavelengths, the spectrum is radio waves, microwaves, terahertz waves, infrared waves, visible light waves, ultraviolet waves, X-rays, and gamma rays.) We’ve … read more »

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Radiologists’ yearly income decreased by 2 percent in 2013, to an average of $340,000, according to Medscape’s annual physician compensation survey.

Radiologists still enjoyed the fifth-highest income among specialists, behind orthopedists ($413,000), cardiologists ($351,000), urologists ($348,000), and gastroenterologists ($348,000). They ranked slightly lower—seventh—among specialists in feeling fairly compensated. Only 53 percent of radiologists said their compensation was fair, putting them behind … read more »

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The estate of a deceased Michigan radiologist and the practice for which he worked were ordered last month to pay $1.25 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit stemming from the death of a 3-day-old infant girl.

However, a confidential settlement that followed the verdict may have changed the payout.

The radiologist, Darrel Rosen, MD, of East Grand Rapids, died at home in May … read more »

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Dual-energy CT scans do a nice job of detecting hard-to-diagnose cases of gout, according to a new open-access study published last week in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the European League Against Rheumatism journal.

Gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, is on the increase. Mayo Clinic says the disease, in which uric acid crystals cause sharp joint pain, now afflicts 5 percent … read more »

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The annual number of medical device recalls almost doubled from 2003 to 2012, and radiology devices made up a big part of the increase.

That information comes from a report published last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The increase in recalls of radiology devices had to do with greater awareness of radiation … read more »

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Health insurers should provide financial incentives for physicians to try ultrasound imaging first, before they think about other imaging modalities, according to Kevin M. Goodwin.

Of course, Goodwin may be a bit biased. He’s president and chief executive officer of SonoSite, which makes point-of-care ultrasound equipment. SonoSite has been one of the main drivers behind the American Institute of Ultrasound In … read more »

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In a federal lawsuit, a former Marine who once scheduled radiology appointments at a Veterans Affairs office in Los Angeles says he lost his job because of his complaints about the purging of backlogged orders for imaging tests.

The amended lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in California, according to the Coalition for Change, a nonprofit organization created … read more »

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E-mails from “Jane Doe” offered first-year radiologic technologist students in Hawaii “a little help.”

The help consisted of a photo of a multiple-choice test very similar to one they were about to take. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the messages included some “rules”: Don’t tell anyone. “Slightly diminish” your score to avoid suspicion. Opt out if you don’t want any more “help.”

A student … read more »

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