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  • 1. Heart disease isn’t a modern phenomenon; it’s been a problem for people forthousands of years, as evidenced by the CT scan results of mummies from ancientcivilizations presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific session.
  • 2. GE, the NFL and Under Armour announced an initiative to tackle the problem ofhead injuries in sports and spur new imaging technologies to improve diagnosisand treatment. Following the announcement, a panel of neurology expertsoffered their take on the issue.
  • 3. Radiology residents working 12-hour overnight call shifts saw their error rates swellin the last two hours of the shift, according to a study published in AcademicRadiology.
  • 4. MRI spine imaging, already marked as a widely overused test, received more lacklustertrial results as a New England Journal of Medicine study found no link betweenimproved outcomes for sciatica patients and follow-up MRI.
  • 5. Could digital photos be used as a patient identifier embedded on medical imagingstudies? Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta explored the idea in an article forthe Journal of Digital Imaging.
  • 6. Hurricane Sandy tested many providers’ disaster prep and recovery plans. NYULangone Medical Center, pictured here receiving a new MRI system after thestorm, was one such site and was featured in this month’s Health Imaging cover story.
  • 7. Is your practice closer to Walmart, Tiffany’s or IBM? While the connections may not beobvious, each company represents a different value proposition forming the base ofdifferent business models that could apply just as easily to radiology. After reading oursummary, tell us how you see your practice. (dollar question mark)