German team wins prestigious Image of the Year award June 17, 2016 -- SAN DIEGO - German researchers have received this year's Image of the Year award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) for the use of three different radiotracers with PET to measure amyloid plaques, tau tangles, and metabolic activity in the brains of living Alzheimer's patients.
Swedes add ABUS to improve cancer detection June 16, 2016 -- Adding 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to digital mammography in a screening setting significantly improves the invasive breast cancer detection rate in women with dense breasts and results in an acceptable recall increase, Swedish researchers have found.
UKRC: Quality system minimizes PACS errors June 15, 2016 -- Errors in imaging studies sent to PACS represent a high clinical risk, and an efficient, effective, and safe system needs to be in place to initiate action, delegates heard at last week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).
Low-dose protocol slashes CT lung screening cancer risk June 15, 2016 -- How low can low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening go? Swiss researchers have tested a new protocol for LDCT screening that reduces radiation dose to nearly the level of a chest x-ray -- a reduction that should lower the risk of a patient developing cancer from the scans in the future.
Pressure grows for diagnostic reference levels in Russia June 14, 2016 -- New research from a large, public hospital in Russia has added fresh impetus to the creation of CT national reference values, and it may also lead to the closer involvement of Russia in international radiation safety initiatives.
Brexit: What would it mean for imaging? June 13, 2016 -- On 23 June, the U.K. will vote to remain in or leave the European Union. If Brexit (British exit) goes ahead, great uncertainty awaits, and nothing in the European imaging sector will be quite the same again, writes Stephen Holloway in his new monthly market trends column.
Where does radiotherapy's future lie? June 10, 2016 -- What is the best way to maximize tumor control? Should we "crank up the volume" or "turn off the switches"? That was the intriguing theme of a debate at the recent European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 35 conference in Turin, Italy.
RSNA, NCI to collaborate on image perception research June 9, 2016 -- RSNA is teaming up with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) to sponsor a week of image perception research starring you -- the radiologist. You're a notoriously hard-to-recruit demographic, but organizers hope to entice you into participation with promises of swag and a chance to do great things during RSNA 2016 in Chicago.
Datarrhea: The great data revolution June 8, 2016 -- Many opinion makers in medical imaging have accepted as gospel that the future of imaging medicine is digital and that one has to collect all kinds of data available to process and reprocess. They try to sell the concept that images are data. In his latest column, the Maverinck tries to demystify this "datarrhea."
Adrian Dixon: Has imaging become too effective? June 8, 2016 -- LIVERPOOL - There is a real danger that imaging has become a victim of its own success by being too effective, resulting in huge increases in workload, reduced clinical acumen, insufficient number of radiologists and radiographers, and too many sequences and images, warned Dr. Adrian Dixon at the U.K. Radiological Congress.