3 Things to Read Today: October 5, 2016

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This week we’re looking at the use of MRIs in stem cell therapies, how more hands-on internships may draw medical students into radiology electives, and how an experienced radiologist’s diagnosis of thyroid cancer bested the algorithms he helped develop.

MRI-Guided Catheter Offers New Precision in Stem Cell Therapies

New technique involving MRI and catheter combination promises potential to deliver stem cells to humans in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other disorders affecting the brain.

Subinternships May Spur Med Students to Choose Radiology

A new study suggests that medical students may be more likely to opt for a final-year clinical elective in radiology if subinternships offer practical skills and a hands-on approach.

Learning Machines No Match for ‘Source’ Radiologist
Machine-learning algorithms used to separate malignant from benign properties in nodules in the thyroid gland may be more accurate than radiologists with only a few years of experience, but are no match for the 17-year veteran whose knowledge was used to create the computations.

Recently from the ACR Bulletin

Transforming Practices

CMS has committed $685 million for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Learn how ACR’s Radiology, Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) can play a role.

Cutting Down on Missed Opportunities

When patients skip their medical appointments, they may be sending a message about access to care — especially for women in need of mammography services.

Imaging the World in Uganda

Read about one radiology resident’s experience in Uganda through a program that introduces ultrasound technology to rural clinics with innovative and simple protocols allowing providers to share information with urban centers in real time.

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