U.K. intensifies recruitment drive for senior jobs
February 2, 2016 -- In parts of the U.K., up to a third of consultant radiologist posts remain vacant. To combat these drastic shortages, the Royal College of Radiologists is hosting two keynote sessions at the upcoming ECR 2016 in Vienna in the hope that overseas radiologists will relocate.
T1 mapping speeds myocardial assessment in cardiac MR
February 1, 2016 -- Researchers in Italy are saving time in their use of cardiac MRI to assess myocardial viability by using native T1-weighted mapping instead of a cumbersome T2-weighted imaging approach, according to a new study that compared both methods and found the latter wanting.
Fatty liver linked to heart failure in obese patients
January 29, 2016 -- Fatty liver is an independent risk factor for heart failure in obese patients -- that is, those with a body mass index of 30 or higher, according to a new study published online January 26 in Radiology. The finding suggests that concrete interventions to stave off nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, also called hepatic steatosis, could help these patients stay healthy.
PET/MRI with DWI is best option to evaluate lymphomas
January 28, 2016 -- In the largest study of its kind to date, Austrian researchers have found that adding diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to FDG-PET/MRI can enhance the evaluation of patients with lymphoma, according to a study published online in Investigative Radiology.
CT practice proves vital in mass casualty incidents
January 27, 2016 -- Locating a CT scanner as close as possible to the emergency room and implementing an effective triage system can make a huge difference in mass casualty and polytrauma incidents, according to researchers in Munich who conducted a simulated exercise involving 70 patients.
Automated contrast evens attenuation across weight ranges
January 26, 2016 -- Dutch researchers are reducing the contrast dose and achieving consistent results in a coronary CT angiography method that tailors the scanning protocol automatically according to patient weight. The technique delivers consistent coronary artery enhancement in multiple weight categories.
U.K. audit shows failure to track urgent findings
January 26, 2016 -- A U.K. audit has found that patients are being put at risk, because in only 11 out of 26 radiology departments with an electronic acknowledgement system are staff regularly monitoring the read rate to ensure that critical findings are acted upon.
Standardized documents lie at heart of good management
January 25, 2016 -- Detailed, standardized service documentation is essential to the effective management of radiology departments. Dr. Mathias Cohnen, from Neuss in Germany, explains about the form this documentation should take if it is to achieve full transparency.
Mobile stroke units, spectral CT take spots on ECRI watch list
January 22, 2016 -- New up-and-coming healthcare offerings that make use of CT -- mobile stroke units and spectral CT -- occupied two spots on a list of new healthcare trends to watch in 2016, published by healthcare consultancy ECRI Institute.
Munich team shows promise of 3D in vivo skin mapping
January 21, 2016 -- Diagnosis of skin cancer currently requires a biopsy, which is costly, often causes permanent scarring, and may expose the patient to the risk of infection. New German research suggests optical imaging technologies may provide a viable, noninvasive alternative.
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