MDCT: Don't forget the heart in CT lung cancer screening
June 15, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Radiologists who screen smokers for lung cancer with CT should remember to look at the heart as an important predictor of mortality in its own right, according to a Dutch presentation made on Tuesday, 9 June, at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in San Francisco (MDCT).
Low-res monitors not so low after all in breast scans
June 12, 2015 -- Experience is not a factor when it comes to interpreting mammograms on lower resolution, cheaper viewing devices. And LCD monitors with image manipulation software are suitable for viewing mammograms for training purposes, found a U.K. study that included findings on iPhone use.
SNMMI: FDG-PET/CT predicts ovarian cancer survival
June 11, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - FDG-PET/CT scans can help predict disease progression and overall survival of ovarian cancer patients for as long as several years after treatment, according to a German presentation made on 9 June at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Austrian hospitals suffer from brain drain
June 10, 2015 -- Low pay, inadequate training, and the Austrian hierarchy are driving young doctors like Sarah Schober to look abroad for possible career advancement. Switzerland and Germany are among the top destinations for these migrating medics.
The RCR president's diary: 10 things I did in May
June 10, 2015 -- "What does the president actually do?" That's a question Dr. Giles Maskell, president of the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), gets asked. He reveals what he got up to last month, including plenty of creative writing, media interviews, and speaking engagements.
SNMMI: Germans scoop Image of the Year award
June 9, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - German research using a PET radiotracer for prostate cancer that can be labeled with different radioisotopes for diagnostic or therapeutic use won the Image of the Year prize at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Ever scanned Superman, a Harley biker, or a Ferrari?
June 9, 2015 -- When radiologists talk about "beautiful images," they mean clear and accurate visualizations showing unmistakable signs of disease and injury, but the main goal of photographic artist Nick Veasey is to use x-ray to reveal the invisible. His new exhibition in Geneva runs until mid-October.
Adding contrast to CT doubles DNA damage from radiation
June 8, 2015 -- Patients who received contrast with their CT scans had more than twice as many double-strand breaks in their DNA from radiation exposure compared to those who had CT studies without contrast, concludes a joint German-Swiss study in the June edition of Radiology. But whether this DNA damage translates into cancer risk is unclear.
Technique comes under scrutiny in breast cancer therapy
June 5, 2015 -- Dose delivery in radiotherapy must be verified for quality assurance to high accuracy, preferably by independent systems. This also applies to other applications of small x-ray sources, such as intraoperative radiotherapy, according to Swedish and Dutch researchers.
NEJM: Breast cancer screening reduces mortality by 40%
June 4, 2015 -- Another salvo in the screening mammography wars has been released in the form of a literature review in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting that breast cancer screening reduces mortality by 40%. Both sides of the breast screening debate may be able to gain ammunition from the report's findings, however.
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