Interventional radiology from head to toe July 27, 2016 -- Interventional radiologists are like strikers in a football match: Both depend on other players passing the ball to them, says Dr. Christian Stroszczynski, the new head of the German Society for Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy. In this interview, he reveals his aims during his term in office.
Act now on lumbar spine x-ray referrals, U.K. group urges July 26, 2016 -- All referring physicians must be made more aware of the current guidelines for requesting lumbar spine radiographs, as well as the legal responsibilities, to make certain the correct investigation is requested to answer the clinical question, U.K. researchers have advocated.
Can femoral ultrasound find role in CV risk assessment? July 26, 2016 -- By spotting atherosclerotic plaques that aren't also present in the carotid artery, femoral ultrasound can predict the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in many asymptomatic patients who would be overlooked if they only received carotid ultrasound, according to research from Italy published online in Angiology.
MR alternative: CT shows value in cardiomyopathy July 25, 2016 -- CT now has an important role in most kinds of cardiomyopathies, owing to its strength in morphological assessment and its ability to visualize calcium and coronary artery disease, according to a presentation at the International Symposium on Computed Tomography.
FFR-CT makes the grade in clinical practice July 25, 2016 -- Using fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) to assess the severity of coronary disease at CT angiography offers powerful advantages in daily clinical practice, but to use it optimally, practitioners must create a place for the noninvasive procedure in their practices and know when to stay away, according to a Dutch expert.
Jury still out on MRI for cervical spine patients July 22, 2016 -- To use MRI or not to use MRI for cervical spine clearance after blunt traumatic injury? That is the question -- and remains so, according to a study published in European Radiology. Researchers found "significant heterogeneity" in the literature around MRI's use, and they emphasize that more research is needed.
FDG-PET adds to gallium-68 scans for neuroendocrine tumors July 21, 2016 -- Follow-up FDG-PET scans can determine which patients with neuroendocrine tumors are suffering from progression of their disease and which of them would benefit from a change in therapy, according to an Austrian study published in the August issue of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
CT myocardial perfusion imaging evolves July 21, 2016 -- As researchers gain experience with CT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), they're finding MPI remains harder to read than fractional flow reserve CT. But CT MPI still has a lot going for it, including its potential to reduce catheterizations in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
Smartphones don't upgrade your brain July 20, 2016 -- Smartphones are toys or ersatz shrines we pray to, the Maverinck wrote in 2012. He revisits the topic and shares his latest thoughts on these ubiquitous devices. How can you deal with a hopelessly hooked patient?
DBT finds more cancers, but also boosts false positives July 20, 2016 -- Combining 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with 2D mammography images -- both actual and synthetic -- finds more cases of breast cancer than mammography alone, especially in younger women and those with dense breasts. But it also increases recall rates, according to a study published online in Lancet.