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Architecture of High Value Health Care Conference
November 15-17, 2019
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The Division of MRI offers annual CME-accredited courses for the MRI technologist. The Third Annual Hot Topics in MR Imaging for the Technologist - Fall Course will be held on September 28, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Find out what additional continuing medical education (CME) classes are offered through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education. Our training provides physicians and health care processionals cutting-edge educational endeavors that teach evidence-based practices and identify emerging health care needs.

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News and Publications

September 17, 2019

In Mice: Transplanted Brain Stem Cells Survive Without Anti-Rejection Drugs
By manipulating immune system cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers eliminate need for anti-rejection drugs in mice with transplanted brain stem cells

September 3, 2019

The F.M. Kirby Imaging Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute is Installing a Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) Scanner
Jeff W.M. Bulte, M.S., Ph.D. will serve as principal investigator for the MOMENTUM Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) scanner installation. This imaging system enables the tracking of cells for therapies in treating several types of diseases.

July 18, 2019

Johns Hopkins Develops Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging 
On June 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been designated a so-called “qualified provider-led entity.” Pamela Johnson, M.D. and colleagues had established teams of physicians from multiple specialties to review primary medical literature and identify the best data to use to design the criteria. 

April 19, 2019

Why Do Doctors Overtreat? For Many, It's What They're Trained To Do 
Johns Hopkins radiologist Pamela Johnson, who teaches residents about appropriate use of tests, says she and her colleagues give out personalized reports that show how individual doctors compare to their peers. She's currently studying whether or not these reports are effective in reducing the number of CT scans ordered to check for blood clots in the lungs.

April 9, 2019

​New Treatment For Obesity Promotes Safely Controlled Weight Loss And Appetite Suppression
Their findings add to evidence of the safety and effectiveness of an experimental procedure, bariatric embolization, which can be a potential tool to combat obesity.

February 21, 2019 

PET Scans Show Biomarkers Could Spare Some Breast Cancer Patients From Chemotherapy
Johns Hopkins researchers report a new study using PET scans has identified a biomarker that may accurately predict which patients with one type of HER2-positive breast cancer might best benefit from standalone HER2-targeted agents, without the need for standard chemotherapy. 

October 29, 2018

Radiology’s Quality Improvement (QI) Committee: A Formula for Success

The QI team has representation from radiology divisions, clinical and nonclinical roles, and department leadership and works together to build and develop a culture of quality and safety by empowering front-line teams with the tools, resources and support necessary to create positive, meaningful change.

July 16, 2018

Dr. David Yousem Receives RSNA Outstanding Educator Award

David Yousem, M.D., M.B.A. is the recipient of the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA’s) Outstanding Educator award for 2018. Each year, the RSNA Board of Directors selects a recipient who has demonstrated significant contributions and a long-term commitment—15 years or more—to radiologic education.

July 6, 2018

At the Helm: Karen Horton, Director of JHM’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Services

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Science celebrates its 1 millionth radiology exam in fiscal year 2018, and “At the Helm” focuses on the department and its director, Karen Horton.

May 30, 2018

For Some Hard-To-Find Tumors, Doctors See Promise In Artificial Intelligence

Johns Hopkins radiologists are working with Johns Hopkins computer science students and faculty, to helping develop a tumor-detecting algorithm that could be built into CT scanner software to detect pancreatic cancer.

Fall 2017

Turning Up the Heat on Cancer

Microwave ablation is a type of thermal ablation, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that has a low risk of complications and a relatively quick recovery. The procedure is performed using CT guidance.

Removing Clots from Blocked Vessels Is a Game Changer for Stroke Patients

Suburban hospital patients benefit from the most advanced care possible, using an intervention that involves retrieving the clot from the large vessels of the brain where it is doing damage.

November 6, 2017

Mapping Brain Connectivity with MRI May Predict Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Study Finds

A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers found that measures of connectivity within specific cerebral networks were strongly linked to long-term functional outcomes in patients who had suffered severe brain injury following a cardiac arrest.

October 25, 2017

Dr. Elliot Fishman receives three Aunt Minnie awards

Johns Hopkins Radiologist Elliot Fishman, M.D. is the winner of three Aunt Minnie awards including 'Most Effective Radiology Educator', 'Best Radiology Mobile App' and 'Best Radiology Image'.

October 19, 2017

Karen Horton Named Director of Department of Radiology and Radiological Science

Karen M. Horton, M.D., has been named director of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. She had been interim director of the department and chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging, LLC, since February 2016.

October 18, 2017

High Value Health Care Offers a 'New Model for Collaboration'

Nearly 200 clinicians, house staff members and administrators from 70 academic medical centers joined forces at a conference hosted by Johns Hopkins that focused on delivering better patient care by reducing unnecessary health care practices.

October 16, 2017

Seven Johns Hopkins faculty members selected to National Academy of Medicine

Among the members elected to the National Academy of Medicine is Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and director of our division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

June 29, 2017

Johns Hopkins tackles problem of unnecessary scans

It's estimated that 20% to 50% of imaging scans in the U.S. may be unnecessary, and radiology exams accounted for more than 100 overutilization targets in the Choosing Wisely campaign. With these facts in mind, radiologists and clinicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital are collaborating to develop an ambitious plan to solve the problem.

Inaugural Dysautonomia Conference held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Over 100 clinicians, researchers and patients came together for a daylong conference on dysautonomia: the anatomy, physiology, pathology and related treatments of the autonomic system.

April 28, 2017

Interventional Radiology Bedside Service at Johns Hopkins Means Shorter Waits for Patients

The Interventional Radiology Bedside Service, which launched Oct. 1, 2016, allows patients who need image-guided procedures to have shorter waits.

May 3, 2017

Helistroke Service: Flying the Physician to the Stroke Patient Works

To test the feasibility of a physician-to-patient model that could potentially improve outcomes for a time-sensitive procedure, investigators designed a study to fly Ferdinand K. Hui, M.D., associate professor of radiology and radiological science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, by Johns Hopkins Lifeline from Baltimore to a National Institutes of Health Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital in Washington, D.C. —39.4 miles away — to treat a stroke victim.

April 19, 2017

Noninvasive Imaging Test Shown Accurate in Ruling out Kidney Cancers

The latest in a series of studies led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that addition of a widely available, noninvasive imaging test called 99mTc-sestamibi SPECT/CT to CT or MRI increases the accuracy of kidney tumor classification.

December 12, 2016

Elliot Fishman, M.D., named 'Best Consulting Physician' by the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians

Elliot Fishman, M.D., Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Body CT and Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, was given The Best Consulting Physician award. The award is presented to physicians providing superior consulting or specialized services.

December 11, 2016

Johns Hopkins Radiology and Radiological Science Annual Report 2016

The Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology has highlighted a sample of their accomplishments in all three parts of their tripartite mission of research, education and patient care.

October 26, 2016

The Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology is the winner of four prestigious industry awards — The Aunt Minnies

The Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology is the winner of four prestigious industry awards - The Aunt Minnies - recognizing excellence in radiology. The department received Aunt Minnies honoring administrative leadership, effective educational programs, technologist training and cutting-edge mobile technology development.

May 27, 2016

Radiology Dashboard Modernizes Education

Our diagnostic radiology residents use a web-based dashboard to access comprehensive, real-time assessments of their performance.

May 5, 2016

The Aorta in 3-D: More Clarity and Accuracy

Dr. Elliot Fishman explains why 3-D imaging is especially advantageous for the spectrum of aortic disease.

December 2015

New Compound Allows a Better Look at Prostate Cancer

Dr. Martin Pomper and his team has engineered a new radioactive compound to light up prostate cancer cells on PET scans.

November 9, 2015

Johns Hopkins Works to Ease Kids Fears Over MRIs

It's a big, noisy machine and intimidating even for adults, so imagine how a kid would feel about an MRI. Easing those fears is something the pediatric radiology team at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital is trying to minimize with the help of a new video and other resources.

May 19, 2015

Precision-Targeted Low-Dose Treatment for Large Clots in the Lungs

Interventional Radiology and Cardiology are using a new transcatheter treatment for patients with large emboli: ultrasound-enhanced lysis that drives thrombolytic agents directly into the clot. The approach is rapidly emerging as a more efficient and safer alternative to traditional catheter-based treatment or high-dose intravenous clot-busting therapy for massive emboli.

March 2015

Four-Legged Frontier

A new high-tech imaging center for furry patients could ultimately benefit human patients.

March 27, 2015

MRI Based On A Sugar Molecule Can Tell Cancerous From Noncancerous Cells

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn't cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly. Now results of a Johns Hopkins study suggest that MRI could one day make biopsies more effective or even replace them altogether by noninvasively detecting telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.

March 16, 2015

New Johns Hopkins University Center Brings Imaging Therapies To Pets

Recent years have seen breakneck innovation in the field of radiology, from MRI-guided biopsies, to image-guided stenting, to ways to lower radiation dosage while preserving image quality. Now, a dedicated center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is making those innovations available to our four-legged — and even winged — friends.

December 17, 2014

A Novel Approach to Bladder Exstrophy Closure Yields Insights

A team of pediatric radiologists, urologists and orthopedic surgeons has developed a new way to identify important anatomic features in preparation for bladder exstrophy repair. A pre-operative MRI of the pelvis is combined with computer technology to create a 3-D image of the anatomy, allowing for better coordination and precision during surgery.

December 17, 2014

Sugar Coated Microcapsule Eliminates Toxic Punch of Experimental Anti-Cancer Drug

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a sugar-based molecular microcapsule that eliminates the toxicity of an anticancer agent developed a decade ago at Johns Hopkins, called 3-bromopyruvate, or 3BrPA, in studies of mice with implants of human pancreatic cancer tissue.

December 1, 2014

Trial Shows New Imaging System May Cut X-Ray Exposure for Liver Cancer Patients

Johns Hopkins researchers report that their test of an interventional X-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 has the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy (IAT) for liver cancer.

September 30, 2014

Team Will Use BRAIN Initiative Grant To Design Next-Generation Imaging Technology

Neuroimaging scientists at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Copenhagen are leading a team that received a $1.5 million grant from the Obama administration’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to create a next-generation brain imaging system. They hope to help unlock the secrets of mental illnesses, including dementia, Parkinson's disease, depression and schizophrenia. The National Institutes of Health announced the award on Sept. 30.

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