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Ouch! DBT Accreditation Is Here!
AHEC
The long awaited Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) accreditation process is here and not without controversy. Although DBT was approved by the FDA in 2011, facilities are operating under the temporary FDA Certificate Extension Program.

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AI Is In The New Race For Space
AHEC
"Last century machines provided they could replace human muscle. This century, technologies are proving they can outperform human left brains — they can execute sequential, reductive, computational work better, faster and more accurately than even those with the highest IQs."

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AHEC NRC May Classes
AHEC
AHEC was awarded a five year contract to provide Medical Training courses for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the fifth time in February 2018. The first sets of classes, under the current award, were held in May for Radiation Oncology and Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine. The training included didactic presentations by expert faculty, laboratory practice, and tours in the Texas Medical Center of The Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, UT MD Anderson Hospital and Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy. The attendees were inspectors, regulators, radiation protection managers and license reviewers from multiple agreement states, the US Navy and the NRC.

Pictured left to right are faculty participating: Edgar Bailey, MS, PE, CHP, Consultant on Health Physics and Radiation Protection Engineering, Magda Martir, PhD, DABR, Lead Medical Physicist and Radiation Safety Officer for the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Lesa Mohr, BSRS, RT(R)(QM)(BD), Vice President of Educational Services for Advanced Health Education Center, and Jeff Griffis, CHP, Sr. Health Physicist/COR, Technical Training Center, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


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Ultrasound Finds More Pneumonia Than X-Ray
Aunt Minnie
Lung ultrasound finds more cases of pneumonia in children and young adults than chest radiography does, according to a study published online on May 11 in the journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

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CT Scanners Reveal M.910's Contents, Otherwise Known As Acts Of The Apostles
The New York Times
In a basement laboratory of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, an X-Ray scanner is pumping invisible beams into a clump of charred parchment leaves that looks as delicate as a long dead flower.

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Healthcare Habit: 15 Best Things To Eat After A Workout
Advance Healthcare Network
After an intense workout, you may want to reward yourself with a nice, tasty treat. But your post-workout snack or meal can make all the difference in your weight loss and energy levels.

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Can Oxygen "Microbubbles" Make Radiation Therapy More Effective?
National Cancer Institute
A new study in mice raises the possibility that microscopic, oxygen-carrying bubbles may help to improve the treatment of breast cancer.

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Hospitals Warn Patients: Your Lululemon Yoga Pants Could Burn You During MRIs
Market Watch
You already know that wearing yoga pants can help you burn fat, if you do the work. What you may not know: They can also burn your skin.

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Study Shines Light On Alternative Medical Imaging Techniques
Phys.org
With a thin probe and a burst of microwaves, doctors can eradicate cancer cells without opening up a patient for surgery.

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Radiology Fact Of The Month
AHEC
Based on recent statistics, 31% of radiologists can expect to be involved in a lawsuit during their careers.

Diagnostic errors are the most common trigger for malpractice lawsuits against radiologists in the United States. Seventy-five percent of claims stem from failure to diagnose a disease or communicate a possible diagnosis to a patient or that patient's physicians.

The most frequent missed diagnoses are:
  • Breast cancer
  • Non-spinal fractures
  • Spinal fractures
  • Lung cancer
  • Vascular disease
Diagnostic errors are a tricky subject because of the subjective nature of interpreting mammograms, MRIs, CT scans and x-rays. Even a skilled radiologist can overlook or misinterpret certain abnormalities.

 
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