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Musculoskeletal Radiology

Musculoskeletal radiology is a subspecialty concerned with the diagnostic radiology of diseases of the muscles and skeleton. In recent years, MRI musculoskeletal imaging for the assessment of bone disease has been joined by advances in ultrasonography, scintigraphy, and computed tomography.

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Using X-rays much stronger than anything that could be used on living subjects, scientists have discovered that at least one long-extinct dinosaur possessed remarkable healing powers.

Even 150 million years after it died, the bones of an Allosaurus fragilis, a giant carnivorous dinosaur, contain chemical traces that allow researchers to distinguish whether the tissue has healed after having been damaged. This particular … read more »

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Rapid disease progression during the first year after diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, as measured by X-rays, strongly predicts a need for orthopedic surgery later, according to a presentation at last week’s Rheumatology 2014 annual meeting of the British Society for Rheumatology.

The findings would seem to support close X-ray monitoring of the disease after diagnosis. Lewis Carpenter, a PhD candidate in epidemiology … read more »

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Focused ultrasound, guided by MRI, can noninvasively relieve pain for metastatic bone cancer patients, according to results of a clinical trial published online last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The ultrasound destroys the cancer by heating it to a temperature of 65 to 85 degrees Celsius (150 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit). Real-time MRI monitors the temperature and precisely … 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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Up to one third of U.S. CT scanners will have to be replaced by 2016 in order to avoid a 5 percent Medicare penalty, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) estimates.

That’s because of a provision included in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014—the so-called “doc fix” bill that prevented a 24 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors. … read more »

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Google Glass—or just “Glass,” as Google calls it—is starting to become a mainstream health care tool. Earlier this year, for example, Indiana surgeons used it to pull up MRI and X-ray images of a patient during surgery without having to use their hands or take their eyes off the patient.

Paul Szotek, MD, led the surgical team at Indiana University Health … 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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