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Swiss reveal progress in classifying breast microcalcifications
December 18, 2014 -- A new method for classifying breast microcalcifications using x-ray phase-contrast imaging was presented at the RSNA 2014 meeting. The technique may help improve early breast cancer diagnosis, increase diagnostic accuracy, and reduce the number of biopsies of suspicious lesions.
Philips targets image-guided therapy with 1.2B bid for Volcano
December 17, 2014 -- Continuing an aggressive expansion of its image-guided therapy and interventional radiology business, Philips Healthcare has inked a deal to pay $1.2 billion (0.973 billion euros) to acquire Volcano, a developer of intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve technology.
Insights: Structured reporting's 'fusion reactor' gets hungry for fuel
December 17, 2014 -- The time for structured reporting has come, and it has changed from an eternal promise, like that of a nuclear fusion reactor, into a device that is ready for clinical deployment, according to a new article in Insights into Imaging that's garnering great attention.
Scaling new heights: Spain prioritizes visibility
December 17, 2014 -- The Spanish Society of Radiology (SERAM) is working hard to ensure its members are at the forefront of patient care with its new public campaign, "What's your radiologist's name?" In an exclusive interview, SERAM President Dr. José Luis del Cura Rodríguez outlines his future vision.
U.K. issues new advice on coronary CT angiography
December 16, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published recommendations for the safe use of coronary CT angiography to investigate patients with chest pain. The 26-page document can be downloaded for free from the RCR's website and includes practical information.
Brussels e-health summit looks to the future
December 15, 2014 -- Identify the problem, plan a solution, and just do it. That's the advice of an expert from Finland, speaking at the recent First Annual European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical, and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) eHealth Summit and Workshop. Market analyst Stephen Holloway reports from the Brussels event.
Researchers compare x-ray phase-contrast methods
December 12, 2014 -- Exploiting the refraction of x-rays in tissue, x-ray phase-contrast imaging (XPCi) has the potential to significantly improve upon the image contrast provided by conventional absorption-based x-ray imaging and reduce doses.
FEC-PET/CT boosts cervical and endometrial diagnoses
December 11, 2014 -- PET/CT with the radioisotope F-18 fluoroethylcholine (FEC) is a feasible and promising imaging alternative to FDG-PET/CT in detecting cervical and endometrial tumors, according to a pilot study from the U.K. presented last week at RSNA 2014.
Guy Sebag: Europe mourns a top pediatric radiologist
December 10, 2014 -- Radiologists from across Europe and beyond have paid tribute to the life and achievements of Dr. Guy Sebag, the highly respected 55-year-old French pediatric radiologist who died suddenly on 28 November.
N. Ireland adopts novel approach to lung cancer screening
December 9, 2014 -- An innovative lung cancer screening pilot project in Northern Ireland designed to target selected patients older than 50 is underway. The scheme is based on sensitive, low-cost chest x-ray, the first port of call to exclude lung cancer.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT in NSCLC accuracy
December 8, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Using a 15-minute MRI protocol with PET/MR, Swiss researchers achieved diagnostic accuracy equal to that of PET/CT for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Study results were presented at last week's RSNA 2014 conference.
MRI helps predict return to action for injured soccer players
December 5, 2014 -- CHICAGO - The best way to determine how long it will take a professional soccer player with a thigh-muscle injury to return to the field is by evaluating certain key MRI results, according to a German study presented at the RSNA 2014 meeting.
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