EMA confirms clampdown on linear gadolinium agents
July 21, 2017 -- It's official: After months of intense lobbying and wrangling, the use of some linear gadolinium contrast agents in MRI will be restricted, and others are to be pulled from the market, following confirmation on Friday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved recommendations made on 7 July by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee.
Do older women benefit from screening mammography?
July 21, 2017 -- Do women benefit from continuing breast screening beyond the age of 70? Australian researchers are questioning whether they do, based on their statistical model that compared screening through age 69 with screening through age 74, according to a study published online on July 10 in the International Journal of Cancer.
MRI provider calls for urgent action on patient safety
July 20, 2017 -- More sharing of safety events, as well as better data on contrast reactions and wider incidents, is essential if the MRI community is to learn from one another and establish good practices to help mitigate flaws in processes and human fallibility, a large study has found.
Clinical success of 7T MRI requires only 'imagination'
July 19, 2017 -- Most 7-tesla MRI scans have been devoted to the brain and neuroscience, but researchers in Berlin are focusing on the clinical potential of ultrahigh-field MR for cardiac applications. They're convinced the time is now for the game-changing technology.
PET is center of attention at U.K. Alzheimer's conference
July 19, 2017 -- While PET can accurately detect or exclude Alzheimer's disease by imaging beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, the modality is underutilized in clinical care, according to research presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.
Phone interruptions remain blight on daily happiness
July 18, 2017 -- Both radiologists and referrers are far too acceptant of and reliant on telephone interruptions as part of their workflow, a new U.K. study has found. What's more, the benefits of electronic order systems are not being realized, and change management is required in this area.
Radiomics helps predict NSCLC treatment outcome
July 17, 2017 -- A CT-based prognostic radiomic signature for non-small cell lung cancer can be ported for use with cone-beam CT images, according to a new study. The approach could potentially allow treatments to be monitored and adjusted in their early stages to afford better outcomes for patients, noted the researchers from the Netherlands.
DWI-MRI shows vision changes could predict Parkinson's
July 14, 2017 -- With the help of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI), researchers in Italy have uncovered changes in the visual systems of patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, according to a study published online 11 July in Radiology.
8 ways to boost accuracy in lateral chest x-rays
July 13, 2017 -- A clear understanding of normal thoracic anatomy and appearances on a lateral chest radiograph, along with a systematic approach for reviewing cases, can increase confidence with interpretation, according to U.K. researchers who have developed an eight-point plan to help the process.
Radiotherapy boost based on PET not always helpful
July 13, 2017 -- Selectively increasing radiotherapy dose in tumor areas with significant uptake of the PET radiotracer F-18 fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) does not necessarily improve outcomes for non-small cell lung cancer patients, according to a phase II study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
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