New research needed to guide patient portal development
September 15, 2015 -- Online patient portals can offer major benefits, but they are not being developed with sufficient consistency and speed, say Dutch researchers, who have focused on how to overcome the challenges of implementing these portals.
MRI boosts follow-up in myocardial infarction
September 14, 2015 -- A multicenter cardiac MRI study has provided fresh insight into left ventricular thrombus formation following ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Dr. Janine Poess, a cardiologist from Lübeck, Germany, presented details of the study at the recent European Society of Cardiology annual meeting.
PET/MRI can be a boon for pediatric cancer patients
September 11, 2015 -- Young pediatric patients may benefit from FDG-PET/MRI for staging and clinically evaluating oncologic disorders, given the hybrid modality's superior soft-tissue contrast and significantly lower radiation dose, according to a study published online August 24 in Investigative Radiology.
U.K. radiographers say no to ob/gyn assistant practitioners
September 11, 2015 -- Mindful of the growing shortage of obstetric sonographers, the U.K. Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) said it nevertheless opposes any effort to incorporate assistant practitioners into the field for assessing fetal growth and weight, saying the complex tasks involved fall "outside APs' scope of practice."
Lancet: Dementia imaging on cusp of a revolution
September 10, 2015 -- Imaging is on the "cusp of a revolution," according to a pan-European group of researchers who have studied the mounting evidence supporting the use of different imaging modalities in both early and established dementia. Their personal view was published online by Lancet Neurology.
Breast cancer on rise in low-income countries
September 10, 2015 -- Low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rise in breast cancer incidence and death rates, despite the fact that death rates have decreased in higher-income countries, where incidence rates have increased or stabilized, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Cardiac imaging in Australia reflects availability, not need
September 9, 2015 -- Cardiac imaging in Australia has seen hefty growth over the past decade, but that growth has been uneven and unconnected to disease burden, said researchers presenting at last week's European Society of Cardiology 2015 meeting in London.
Achenbach releases new data for German CT Registry
September 9, 2015 -- Eagerly awaited figures for the German Cardiac CT Registry show for 7,061 patients examined at 13 centers between 2009 and 2014, reporting was performed by cardiologists in 48% of cases, by radiologists in 4% of cases, and jointly in the remaining cases.
Limb x-ray measurements come under intense scrutiny
September 8, 2015 -- To help in daily practice, researchers from Portugal have conducted an in-depth assessment of the most important measurements used for upper and lower limb radiography examinations. They presented their findings at the 2015 congress of the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for recurrent pelvic cancer
September 8, 2015 -- PET/MRI can provide high diagnostic performance for restaging gynecological cancer patients compared with FDG-PET/CT, with only slightly longer scan time and "markedly reduced" radiation exposure, according to a German study published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
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