Radiology in public focus

Press releases were sent to the medical news media for the following articles appearing in recent issues of RSNA Journals.

Mikhail Higgins MD

Black Patients More Prone to Dialysis Graft Failure

Compared to other races, African American patients are more likely to experience premature arteriovenous (AV) graft failure in the treatment of advanced kidney failure, according to a study in Radiology.

Study lead author Mikhail C.S.S. Higgins, MD, MPH, noted that the results of the study suggest that there are environmental and cultural characteristics of teaching sites that help to reduce racial disparities in patient care and health outcomes.

Read the related RSNA News story, “Black Patients More Prone to Dialysis Failure.”

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AI Accurately Identifies Normal and Abnormal Chest X-Rays

Results of a study published in Radiology show that an AI tool can accurately identify normal and abnormal chest X-rays in a clinical setting. The tool may greatly alleviate the heavy workload experienced by radiologists globally.

According to study co-author Louis Lind Plesner, MD, he and colleagues were unable to find a single X-ray in the study database where the AI algorithm made a major mistake.

Read the related RSNA News story, “AI Accurately Identifies Normal and Abnormal Chest X-Rays.”

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Huge Study Finds Tomosynthesis Better at Breast Cancer Detection

In a study of over a million women, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) showed improved breast cancer screening outcomes over screening with standard digital mammography alone. The results of the study were published in Radiology.

Study co-author Emily F. Conant, MD, FSBI, and colleagues said that the most important mammographic screening outcomes, increased cancer detection combined with fewer false positives, were significantly improved when women were screened with DBT. They add that based on the study findings, women should seek out sites that routinely offer breast cancer screening with DBT.

Read the related RSNA News story, “Huge Study Finds Tomosynthesis Better at Breast Cancer Detection.”

Media Coverage of RSNA

In February, 936 RSNA-related news stories were tracked in the media. These stories had nearly 300 million audience impressions.

Coverage included U.S. News & World Report,, Healio, Healthline, HealthDay,, Healthcare Business News, Diagnostic Imaging and Applied Radiology.

In February, Radiology Editor, Linda Moy, MD, was interviewed by CNN about ChatGPT.

New Resources, Men’s Health Information Available on now includes new patient-friendly animations produced by ACR based on the Appropriateness Criteria.

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  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Thyroid Disease
  • “Scanxiety”
  • Jaundice

And during Men’s Health Month, access easy-to-read patient information about abdominal aortic aneurysm and the need for older male smokers to consider US screening.

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