As a radiologist, one of the most important — and sometimes difficult — things you will do is deliver news to a patient. Some revelations will be good; some will be bad.
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Kinect-style sensors make for cheaper medical imaging, possible superpowers
MIT researchers have developed a way to replace complex, expensive medical imaging equipment with much less expensive consumer equipment and a little bit of fancy math.

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  Twitter could be valuable feedback tool for medical professionals
Business Standard
Twitter is known for breaking news and celebrity tweets, but it may also prove to be a valuable feedback tool for medical professionals looking to improve the patient experience, a new study says.

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Tips for radiologists for talking to patients
Diagnostic Imaging
As a radiologist, one of the most important — and sometimes difficult — things you will do is deliver news to a patient. Some revelations will be good; some will be bad. Others could include taking responsibility for unintentional errors. Your no. 1 primary goal is making sure the patient understands what you’re saying.

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3D MRI uncovers risk of stroke in asymptomatic diabetics
3D MRI has found evidence of intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) among diabetics who have no signs of atherosclerotic disease — a finding that could greatly increase their risk of an adverse vascular event, according to a study scheduled for presentation at RSNA 2015 in Chicago.

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Breaking new ground (and kidney stones) with ultrasound
Urology Times
Novel ultrasound-based techniques for propelling and breaking kidney stones could soon join ESWL and URS in the urologist's treatment armamentarium. Michael Bailey, Ph.D., discusses how these technologies work, what they're capable of, and where they are in development. Dr. Bailey is assistant professor of mechanical engineering and adjunct assistant professor of urology at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Ultrasound resolves debate on knuckle cracking
Diagnostic Imaging
Ultrasound images show a flash of light when knuckles are cracked, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Researchers from the University of California, Davis Health System, sought to determine the cause of the noise that is made when people crack their knuckles.

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Radiology must 'go boldly' into its future
Technology and collaboration are radiology's new frontiers, and the specialty would do well to adopt Captain James Kirk's famous 1960s-era statement of the Star Trek Enterprise's mission — "to boldly go where no man has gone before," RSNA President Dr. Ronald Arenson told attendees at the opening session of the society's 101st annual meeting.

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