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BIR: New peak in litigation claims looms large
November 6, 2017 -- LONDON - Litigation claims involving radiology are on the rise, and it's vital to be prepared for the increasingly legalistic climate that lies ahead, an expert told delegates on 3 November at the annual congress of the British Institute of Radiology (BIR).  Discuss
Improve CT lung cancer screening with baseline screens
November 3, 2017 -- CT lung cancer screening can be optimized by recognizing the significant differences in the frequency of noncalcified nodules and also the difference in the frequency and aggressiveness of diagnosed cancers from baseline to annual repeat screening rounds, according to lung cancer expert Dr. Claudia Henschke, PhD.  Discuss
PET aids prostate cancer detection, therapy plans
November 2, 2017 -- Austrian and U.S. researchers have increased the detection of disease recurrence after radical prostatectomy by using PET imaging with a novel gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen conjugated ligand. They published their study in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
Audits gain popularity but require positive attitude
November 2, 2017 -- When implemented in a meaningful way, clinical audits achieve results and can be of great value when it comes to making more effective use of technology, according to the findings of a new U.K. survey about the use of PET/CT.  Discuss
MRI could be 'game changer' for cardiac arrest survivors
November 2, 2017 -- By taking MRI measurements of the brain's functional network connectivity within two weeks after a patient experiences cardiac arrest, clinicians may be better able to predict their clinical outcomes, according to a study published online on October 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
3D printing assists spinal surgery of French 6-year-old
November 1, 2017 -- Surgeons in France used a 3D-printed model of the spine to simulate and hone a new robot-guided procedure on a 6-year-old boy with severe scoliosis. The young patient had such a severe combination of progressive scoliosis and spinal muscular atrophy that he was unable even to sit down.  Discuss
PET, EEG show treatment effectiveness in comatose patient
November 1, 2017 -- Imagine being able to restore consciousness to a patient who has been comatose for 15 years. French researchers succeeded in accomplishing that goal, with the help of PET and electroencephalography (EEG) to confirm the efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation, according to a study published online in Current Biology.  Discuss
Is medical imaging data ready for artificial intelligence?
October 31, 2017 -- Unless you've been shut in a darkened room, you'll have heard about the incoming tsunami of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, writes Dr. Hugh Harvey in a special column. But he fears the imaging AI landscape is like the Wild West, and it badly needs a sheriff in town.  Discuss
Extending ultrasound to combat cancer
October 30, 2017 -- Using a combination of microbubbles, advanced image acquisition techniques, and signal processing, researchers at Imperial College London are extending ultrasound into cancer diagnosis and treatment. The project involves collaboration among an engineer, a biologist, a chemist, and a radiologist.  Discuss
Why the jury's still out on lung cancer screening
October 27, 2017 -- Caution persists when it comes to applying lung cancer screening, as the wait goes on for more conclusive mortality data, but consensus is growing that lung cancer screening is likely to become more cost-effective, according to a leading U.K. expert.  Discuss
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