RADIOLOGY NEWS
Why I don't like 'trainees'
October 22, 2014 -- The naming system for radiologists is broken, at least in the U.K., where "trainee" is a rubbish word to describe registrars, writes Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Mention "trainee" and we think of a pimply teenager, and the term is confusing and belittling, he thinks.
JFR: At the heart of emergency care
October 21, 2014 -- Emergency medicine was a central theme during the French national radiology congress, the JFR, which ended on Monday. The cover story in the final edition of the daily newspaper focused on cardiac imaging and was written by Dr. Olivier Vignaux from Paris.
FDG-PET/CT has mixed results in lung cancer screening
October 21, 2014 -- Lung cancer researchers from Italy have found that FDG-PET/CT is "highly sensitive" in the diagnosis of indeterminate nodules, as well as nodules larger than 15 mm and solid nodules, but less effective with other smaller, subsolid nodules.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT with less radiation for children
October 20, 2014 -- German researchers have found promising evidence that PET/MRI is equivalent to PET/CT for lesion detection in pediatric cancer patients, while at the same time delivering just one-quarter of the radiation dose, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
JFR: New survey reveals wide discrepancies in teleradiology
October 17, 2014 -- A survey to be presented on Saturday at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR) reveals massive gaps between trainees' desire for involvement in teleradiology and knowledge of the legal and ethical requirements. Lead author Dr. Nadya Pyatigorskaya calls for better training.
3D PET can image brain oxygen metabolism
October 17, 2014 -- A state-of-the-art 3D PET scanner can accurately image cerebral oxygen metabolism, as long as appropriate scatter compensation is carried out. In new work, researchers have demonstrated precisely how this can be achieved.
CCTA, not calcium score, predicts events in asymptomatics
October 16, 2014 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) significantly outperformed coronary calcium scoring for predicting cardiac events in asymptomatic individuals, concludes an Austrian study presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting, held last month in Barcelona, Spain.
Barco unites medical displays with Uniti launch at JFR
October 16, 2014 -- In the world of medical displays, a gulf has existed between grayscale and color, with imaging facilities maintaining separate types of monitors for optimal performance. At the French national congress, JFR, Barco aims to bridge the divide through Coronis Uniti, designed for both applications.
Consent problems hold back fetal autopsies
October 15, 2014 -- Global researchers who are eager to gain experience in fetal autopsies using CT and MRI are facing immense frustration due to ongoing difficulties over obtaining consent, and one investigator reports being "hamstrung" by the procedures and bureaucracy of ethics committees.
MIR: Communicate with patients or face being sued
October 15, 2014 -- Failure to communicate effectively in the form of a triangle involving the radiologist, the referring physician, and the patient will result in more lawsuits, delegates were warned at this month's Management in Radiology (MIR) congress in Bologna, Italy.
Spanish dismiss digital mammo's overdiagnosis risk
October 14, 2014 -- In a new 16-year study, Spanish researchers have found that switching to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) leads to early diagnosis, not overdiagnosis. The group found that cancer detection rates did not increase when compared with film-screen mammography, but going digital did lead to an increase in ductal carcinoma in situ detection rates.
New condensed JFR format faces acid test
October 13, 2014 -- The French national congress of radiology, JFR 2014, begins in Paris on Friday and will take place over only four days, instead of the usual five. Emergency diagnostic and interventional imaging are the central themes of the congress.
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