Oxford spin-off prepares MRI liver software for market April 29, 2016 -- Perspectum Diagnostics, a startup company spun off from Oxford University in the U.K., is preparing to unveil a new software application designed to cut down on unnecessary invasive liver biopsies. The firm uses quantitative MRI parameters to determine which patients should be sent on for more workup.
Dutch investigate inverse approach to dose painting April 28, 2016 -- Dose painting combines anatomic imaging with biological information to define radioresistant tumor subpopulations that are potential targets for dose escalation, according to researchers based in the Netherlands. They're studying how PET can pinpoint regions of high metabolic activity.
Science publishers: The beginning of the end? April 27, 2016 -- In his latest column, the Maverinck takes on scientific journals, specifically vanity or subsidy publishers that make authors pay for publication of their articles. Does this spell the beginning of the end for science publishers?
Rewriting history: CT diagnoses ancient cold case April 27, 2016 -- Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and Cairo University radiologist Dr. Sahar Saleem have written a new book called Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies. We look at the key findings and the new revelations about an ancient culture.
6-minute scans give major boost to MRI in stroke April 26, 2016 -- The development of more efficient MRI systems and faster imaging techniques means that a streamlined MR protocol with an image acquisition time of only six minutes can become the gold standard for initial assessment of acute stroke, according to new international research.
CAD boosts flat-polyp detection for most CTC readers April 25, 2016 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) enhances the ability to pinpoint hard-to-find flat colorectal lesions in CT colonography (CTC) -- for all but the very best readers, that is, Italian researchers have found.
Report: Staffing crisis faces U.K. breast screening April 22, 2016 -- A new report is predicting a crisis in staffing for breast cancer screening services in the U.K. In a study released on 21 April, researchers describe the country's breast screening program as already understaffed and facing worsening personnel problems in the coming years.
Which breast images do radiologists look at the longest? April 22, 2016 -- Radiologists spend significantly more time observing mediolateral oblique (MLO) breast images and right images, according to Irish research using eye-tracking software. This knowledge may be useful to help remove any interpretation differences and as a feedback tool.
CCTA falls short in detecting culprit plaque April 21, 2016 -- In a population of myocardial infarction patients spanning 10 years of clinical practice, coronary CT angiography (CCTA) showed only limited ability to detect culprit lesions in the coronary arteries that went on to cause heart attacks -- though its positive predictive value was perfect, researchers concluded.
Paperless hospitals: VNA suppliers can learn from PACS April 20, 2016 -- Vendor-neutral archive (VNA) companies are forging ahead with a vision of paperless hospitals. Vendors collaborating and adopting the standards-based approach can learn lessons from what made PACS such a global success and can help end users go paperless, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar.