Imaging offers hope to women with fertility problems January 26, 2017 -- Millions of women each year have difficulty conceiving children, a condition known as subfertility. But radiology is playing a growing role in both detecting the condition and helping to solve problems with noninvasive therapies, according to research from a leading facility in London.
PET/MRI adds to recurrent breast cancer diagnoses January 26, 2017 -- PET/MRI's efficacy in women's imaging applications continues to broaden. Dr. Johannes Grueneisen and his colleagues from Essen, Germany, have found the hybrid modality achieves "superior restaging" with breast cancer patients compared with MRI alone.
Hard Brexit signals rocky road for radiology January 25, 2017 -- The U.K. looks set to leave the European Union single market and opt for a so-called hard Brexit. In his new column, Stephen Holloway discusses the implications for medical imaging and healthcare IT, focusing on the U.K. National Health Service, regulatory aspects, and the market impact.
Stereotactic breast biopsies: Room for improvement? January 24, 2017 -- When it comes to the business side of radiology, there is considerable scope for improvement, according to Dr. Rüdiger Schulz-Wendtland. Using breast biopsies as an example, he explains how delays and inefficiencies can have a substantial effect on a hospital's bottom line.
Germans cast doubt on value of TB screening of refugees January 23, 2017 -- A new study from Germany involving more than 17,000 refugees has shown mass tuberculosis (TB) screening by chest x-ray is inefficient due to the high number required to detect active pulmonary TB. In a migrant population in which TB prevalence is low, a more targeted approach to screening may be useful.
MRI can help avoid unnecessary prostate cancer biopsies January 20, 2017 -- By first undergoing a multiparametric MRI scan, more than 25% of men with suspected prostate cancer could avoid a needle biopsy guided by transrectal ultrasound, according to a study published online January 19 in Lancet.
Group calls for global research effort into gadolinium January 19, 2017 -- Two European researchers are forging ahead with their proposal to collect clinical experiences and outcomes with gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) and store the information in a worldwide database. The ultimate goal is to further advance research into GBCA safety, as outlined in the January issue of Radiology.
Irish advocate caution on breast screening for under 40s January 18, 2017 -- Screening for breast cancer is not recommended for women younger than 40 who have normal, benign, or undocumented examination findings, but women with a moderate or high familial risk of breast cancer, personal breast cancer history, or those referred for screening are another story, Irish researchers have found.
Virtual reality enables parents to meet baby before birth January 18, 2017 -- A Finnish company has developed a virtual reality product to enable parents to meet their unborn child using 3D and 4D ultrasound. The developer thinks it could represent the future of fetal ultrasound and is speaking with a hospital and an ultrasound vendor to see what applications can be found.