PET/CT after therapy avoids surgery for head, neck cancer March 24, 2016 -- Using PET/CT scans to assess response to therapy can help patients with head and neck cancer avoid invasive post-treatment surgery to remove any remaining cancer cells, according to a U.K. study published online 23 March in the New England Journal of Medicine.
MRI unravels neuro complications of Zika virus March 23, 2016 -- French experts have urged all clinical staff to keep aware that meningoencephalitis is a possible complication in patients with ZIKV infection (Zika virus), according to a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Radiology plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis of this complication.
Synthetic 2D 'surprises' top U.K. breast team March 22, 2016 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is not all it's cracked up to be in results that researchers from Cambridge, U.K., have called "surprising." The technique's preferred when assessing lesion visibility and extent and also when discriminating between malignant and benign lesions, but synthetic 2D is proving superior when viewing microcalcifications.
Gadolinium: Row intensifies in Germany March 22, 2016 -- A detailed article about gadolinium-based contrast agents from the Maverinck had quite a response. It made the news in the U.S., and he received several requests for interviews. In this follow-up, he outlines the escalation of the controversy in Germany.
Learn from NSF crisis to avoid 'gadolinium phobia' March 22, 2016 -- When the nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) crisis broke out, very effective countermeasures were drawn up and implemented. In the current debate over the safety of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents, we must learn three vital lessons from the NSF episode and bear them in mind, Dr. Johannes Heverhagen, PhD, said.
Top tips: The patient behind the picture March 21, 2016 -- Healthcare systems around the world face ever-growing economic pressures, forcing doctors and other staff to become more efficient and cost-effective. Where do anxious patients and their concerned relatives or friends find due consideration? Read this thought-provoking interview with Dr. Lorenzo Derchi.
Top tips for beginners on statistics March 18, 2016 -- Have you been motivated to start your own research by high quality presentations at the ECR? Have you ever felt completely out of your depth when reading about statistical tests? You are not alone. Now you can get some essential top tips from a statistics expert, Dr. Verena Hoffmann PhD.
Top teaching tips on radiation protection March 17, 2016 -- Do you know the real radiation risks and what to teach students as well as junior doctors? Are you uncertain answering questions from concerned patients? Have you ever heard of "hormesis" or "adaptive response"? If not, then please read an interview with the expert Dr. Peter Vock.
Paris debrief: Radiology ponders lessons learned March 16, 2016 -- Four months have passed since the terrorist attacks in Paris shocked Europe. What have French radiologists learned from the tragedy? How will they be better prepared in the future? We spoke with some of the key players, including two former ECR presidents.
Belgians unveil optimal protocol for full-spine radiography March 15, 2016 -- Researchers from Belgium have identified an optimal protocol for whole-spine radiographs using antiscatter grids and filtration. The protocol cut radiation dose by around 70% for the posteroanterior view and 30% for lateral view.