Stories about: Radiology

Paper Trail: Injection drug use, cast-saw burns, LGBTQ bullying prevention and more

Boston Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of clinical research. Stay connected with Paper Trail — a monthly feature highlighting recently published outcomes data and new approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric illnesses.

This edition of Paper Trail focuses on injection drug use and street-involved youth, cast-saw reduction rates, sleep apnea, LGBTQ bullying prevention and more. …Read More

Expert’s Corner: What to do about incidental imaging findings?

CT scan incidental finding imaging thyroid
Radiologists Edward Lee, MD, MPH, and Sarah Bixby, MD

The surge in computed tomography (CT) imaging in the last two decades has spurred an unintended consequence (apart from increasing patients’ radiation exposure)—an increase in the number of incidental findings, or incidentalomas. These worrisome, unanticipated spots on a scan might indicate malignancy or, as is more often the case, point to a benign finding.

Incidentalomas can be particularly troublesome for pediatric clinicians, says Edward Lee, MD, MPH, from Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Radiology. Lee and his colleagues Sara Vargas, MD, from Boston Children’s Department of Pathology, and Juan Baez, MD, from radiology, recently published the first research on pediatric incidentalomas, focusing on how to manage incidentally detected thyroid nodules on CT exams. …Read More

Minimizing radiation exposure in neurointerventional procedures

neurointerventional radiology procedure radiation exposure

Neurointerventions have dramatically improved the clinical outlook for children with previously intractable cerebrovascular conditions, such as vein of Galen malformations and complex arteriovenous fistulae. Preoperative embolization, even in the youngest patients, can make surgical resection of arteriovenous malformations and vascular tumors dramatically safer. However, these complex, sometimes lengthy neurointerventional procedures are performed under fluoroscopic guidance, exposing vulnerable pediatric patients to the effects of ionizing radiation. …Read More