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What's the truth about radiation exposure?
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Radiation Exposure is a subject that carries a ton of extra philosophical baggage. To many folks, it is an emotional issue. The public hears two opinions about radiation effects. The first says that all radiation is harmful and should be avoided whatever the cost.

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  After the match: What's in your pocket?
Emergency Medicine News
Anyone remember the Palm Pilot? It was one of the first personal digital assistants on the market in the 1990s. PDAs were the precursors of smartphones, and the Palm Pilot was a huge hit that enriched the company that produced it when their initial public offering in 2000 hit a high of $95. Its parent company even had its name on the San Francisco 49er's football stadium. (Anyone remember 3Com Park?) The stock plunged to under $7 within a year, however, and the company was defunct by 2010.

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Grey scale
Understanding Ultrasound
The amount of energy (pressure) reflected by the impedance mismatch at the interface determines the brightness or grey scale displayed on the image. When the reflected pressure energy strikes the transducer crystals it deforms them and gets converted to an electrical pulse.

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Mammography database makes performance tracking easier
AuntMinnie
If a breast imaging facility wants to stay in operation, it must track its performance quality as part of Mammography Quality Standards Act requirements. How can this be done most efficiently? The American College of Radiology's National Mammography Database can help.

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  Doctors test active surveillance care model to prevent overtreatment of prostate cancer
Health Imaging
Urologists from the University of California, Sand Diego, School of Medicine have collaborated with Genesis Healthcare Partners to test a new model of care for managing low-risk prostate cancer patients, according to results of a study published in the journal Urology.

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Radiology intelligence routinely not followed in practice
Medscape
Approximately one in three radiology recommendations that call for additional clinical action are not abided by, according to a large retrospective study. And nearly half of those directives are not even acknowledged. The findings suggest the need for better communication and technology to protect patients from possible harm.

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  Many early lung cancer patients receive unnecessary brain scans
Diagnostic Imaging
Many patients newly diagnosed with early non-small cell lung cancer are undergoing brain imaging despite Choosing Wisely recommendations to the contrary, according to a study published in Chest.

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Inappropriate SPECT MPI scans more common in women
AuntMinnie
Women are more likely than men to have an inappropriate SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging scan, partly due to atypical symptoms, which may overestimate the true health risk to the female patient.

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