Mobile App Spotlight: A k-Space Odyssey
March 21, 2017 -- presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at A k-Space Odyssey, an iOS app designed to facilitate understanding of k-space, the mathematical abstraction that connects MRI scan parameters with the clinical image.
Adding DBT to breast screening helps BI-RADS accuracy
March 20, 2017 -- More and more clinical evidence indicates that using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. Now another benefit of the technology is coming to the fore: Adding DBT to digital mammography helps breast imagers categorize lesions more accurately, according to research presented at ECR 2017.
No signal intensity for pediatric patients with macrocyclic GBCA
March 17, 2017 -- German researchers have found additional evidence that the use of a macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) for MRI scans does not increase signal intensity in the dentate nucleus. The new findings come from a study of pediatric patients published online in Radiology.
Where next for digital x-ray?
March 16, 2017 -- Digital flat-panel detector radiography is dominant in Europe, but with a vast array of apparently similar systems on offer, it's hard to predict where the market is heading. Analyst Stephen Holloway identifies the key themes in digital x-ray.
Gadolinium contrast: Farewell to well-known brands
March 15, 2017 -- The long wait is over for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) investigation into gadolinium contrast agents. Its noncommittal verdict punishes all manufacturers, though some are given a sweetener, but it does not shed a complimentary light upon EMA, writes the Maverinck.
Monitoring software enables pediatric dose reduction
March 15, 2017 -- The combination of dose monitoring software and continuing education for radiographers/technologists can produce quantifiable reductions in radiation dose delivered to pediatric patients from conventional radiography studies, according to research presented at ECR 2017 in Vienna.
Dutch scoop top ECR prize for breast MRI work
March 14, 2017 -- A new method may help improve delineation between malignant and benign breast lesions on breast MR images, according to researchers from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The group won a prestigious magna cum laude award at ECR 2017 in Vienna for its work.
Gap widens between CT innovation and installation
March 13, 2017 -- Of all the major imaging modalities on show in the exhibition halls at ECR 2017, it's arguable that none have undergone such transformation over the last decade as CT. Following safety concerns and the increasing use of MRI and ultrasound, CT has had to reinvent itself, market analyst Stephen Holloway writes.
Pull linear MRI contrast from market, European group says
March 10, 2017 -- In a stunning development, a European Union regulatory body on Friday recommended that four gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans be pulled off the market due to concerns about gadolinium remaining in the body years after scans occur. The agents affected include some of the most widely used contrast products in medical imaging.
A step closer to Doc McCoy's beloved toy?
March 10, 2017 -- The idea of handheld ultrasound is not a new one, with first-generation systems being available for almost a decade. These first devices were a marvel in shrinking ultrasound technology into a smartphone-sized device. But what about now? Market analyst Stephen Holloway addresses updates on the modality.
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