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Philips plans split into 2 companies
September 23, 2014 -- Philips Healthcare parent Royal Philips plans to combine its healthcare and consumer lifestyle activities into a new company called HealthTech. As part of the strategic reorganization, Royal Philips' lighting business will also become its own company.
U.K. releases new advice on CT colonography
September 23, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology have issued recommendations on the use of CT colonography. The 23-page document can be downloaded for free from the RCR's website and includes details about how to plan and deliver a service.
It's time to ditch your old gear, ESR says
September 22, 2014 -- Every healthcare facility or authority should have a plan for upgrading or renewing imaging equipment, and the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually, according to a statement issued on 18 September by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Patients report only minor issues during 7T MRI exams
September 22, 2014 -- It may be a while before 7-tesla MRI is commonly used in imaging facilities around the world, but if and when the ultrahigh-field magnets become standard protocol, patients are expected to handle examinations with relative ease, Italian researchers have found.
Hricak: Imaging, radiation oncology increasingly work as one
September 19, 2014 -- Imaging is central to the unprecedented wave of medical specialties converging on cancer care. But it will take more than what today's radiologists are trained for to better understand cancer's mysteries, according to global cancer imaging pioneer Dr. Hedvig Hricak, PhD.
MRI aids differentiation of traumatic cerebral fat embolism
September 18, 2014 -- An Egyptian-led team of MRI researchers reported at last week's International Congress of Radiology that cerebral fat embolism (CFE) can be differentiated from diffuse axonal injury because CFE has a higher incidence of increased T2-FLAIR and diffusion-weighted imaging lesions.
Phase-contrast x-rays image the airways
September 18, 2014 -- Phase-contrast x-ray imaging offers a noninvasive way to track the effectiveness of cystic fibrosis treatments. The technique, which measures the refraction of a grid pattern of x-rays passing through the lungs, may eventually find use in visualizing other soft tissues, such as the brain and heart.
PET/CT bolsters lymphoma survival predictions
September 17, 2014 -- PET/CT outperforms CT alone in measuring treatment response and predicting survival in patients with follicular lymphoma, and therefore should be used routinely in clinical practice, according to research published on Thursday in Lancet Haematology.
Secure method leverages public cloud storage of images
September 17, 2014 -- For all its potential benefits, public cloud storage isn't currently a great option for archiving of medical images due to security concerns and challenges in managing workflow with existing on-site archives. Portuguese researchers have devised a method that aims to solve those problems.
Getting the most out of social media
September 17, 2014 -- Social media represents a game-changing tool for improving patient care, supporting education, and enhancing visibility, but imaging professionals must be aware of the potential pitfalls and be trained in how to use it both effectively and safely.
CT detects battle injuries of King Richard III
September 17, 2014 -- Using whole-body and micro CT, U.K. researchers have concluded that King Richard III suffered three injuries that potentially could have caused his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, according to a study published online on 17 September in the Lancet.
Mammo skeptics make new bid to stop U.K. breast screening trial
September 16, 2014 -- A U.K. clinical trial examining whether mammography screening should be offered to a broader range of women must be halted due to ethical and medical concerns, according to a letter published in BMJ by a group of longtime opponents to breast screening. But not everyone agrees.
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