Norwegians put spotlight on double reading November 18, 2015 -- Interest in the pros and cons of double reading looks set to rise still further, following a new Norwegian study that found using expert second readers and targeting urgent cases resulted in enough clinically important changes to case interpretation to support more widespread use of the technique.
Socioeconomic status weighs heavily in cardiac risk November 17, 2015 -- Germans of lower socioeconomic status have more than twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease than the better-off -- and the differences may have widened in recent years, according to new research from the 2015 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) meeting in London.
Rubidium PET/CT reveals vascular problems in diabetes patients November 16, 2015 -- Danish researchers have found high rates of microvascular disease using PET/CT with a rubidium radiopharmaceutical in diabetes patients without symptoms of heart disease. The disease was exacerbated in the setting of albuminuria, a common condition in these patients, according to a new study in Diabetologia.
Combined cardiac catheter treats and monitors November 16, 2015 -- A proof-of-concept experiment with a combined high-intensity focused ultrasound and local harmonic motion imaging catheter has shown that the minimally invasive catheter can function as a therapeutic and monitoring tool for cardiac ablation, Canadian researchers found.
Italians pinpoint coronary plaque rupture risks November 13, 2015 -- Coronary plaque rupture and thin-cap fibroatheroma are common in patients with coronary artery disease, for whom clinical factors and bad habits like smoking increase the risk even more, according to an Italian meta-analysis in the European Heart Journal -- Cardiovascular Imaging.
10 golden rules on CT use in severe trauma November 12, 2015 -- The U.K. has updated its standards for the provision of trauma radiology to severely injured patients, covering patient management, quality indicators, and protocols for imaging and reporting. The report contains 10 standards for optimum use of CT.
fMRI may explain why some comatose patients reawaken November 12, 2015 -- By using functional MRI (fMRI) to view regions of the brain that play a role in regulating consciousness, French researchers may have discovered a way to predict which patients could emerge from a coma.
New breast MRI scoring system rivals BI-RADS November 11, 2015 -- A new, simple scoring system for breast MRI not only compensates for reader experience, it also gives BI-RADS a run for its money, researchers from Austria found. Known as Tree, the scoring system shows high diagnostic accuracy in mass and nonmass lesions and also improves diagnostic accuracy in nonexpert readers.
Lego MRI: Reducing kids' anxiety, brick by brick November 11, 2015 -- A creative group of U.S. and Dutch radiologists is using Lego models to put children at ease in the MRI suite, and the idea is catching on fast. The goal is for patients to complete the study without the need for sedation.