German hospital wins praise for patients' guide
December 13, 2016 -- The Jena University Hospital has received the 2016 KU Award in the patient communication category for its Plain Language Guide to Radiology project, the German Radiological Society has announced.
Deep learning may help uncover disease biomarkers
December 12, 2016 -- Deep-learning methods have potential for finding imaging biomarkers in relatively uncommon diseases such as nasopharyngeal cancer, Swiss researchers reported at the recent RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.
Phase-contrast imaging can cut mammogram dose
December 12, 2016 -- Optimized x-ray phase-contrast imaging could deliver comparable image quality to mammography, but at a much lower dose, a European research project has found. The technique was demonstrated using a synchrotron source, but is compatible with lab-based, polychromatic x-ray sources.
Dance movie helps raise radiology's profile on social media
December 9, 2016 -- Originally shown as part of World Radiography Day and International Day of Radiology on 8 November, an innovative dance movie called "Unknown Quantity" has thrown radiology into sharper focus as it seeks to explore the dynamic among patients, medics, and machines.
FFR-CT cuts time, costs in patients with chest pain
December 8, 2016 -- Belgian researchers said they have achieved remarkable reductions in costs, radiation dose, and -- most important -- negative angiography studies by implementing fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) to manage the care of patients with chest pain who have an intermediate risk of coronary disease.
Video from RSNA 2016: Safety issues with gadolinium MRI contrast
December 8, 2016 -- CHICAGO - MRI safety has never been a hotter topic, particularly with respect to gadolinium contrast retention in the brain. Dr. Emanuel Kanal of the University of Pittsburgh explains the issue in this video from RSNA 2016.
Study: Reduce CT kV levels to lower breast dose in patients
December 7, 2016 -- Despite a short scan length and relatively small dose length product, contrast-monitoring scans can account for 27% of the overall breast dose accrued from a CT pulmonary angiography study, according to Irish researchers. A small tweak to the kilovoltage (kV) can significantly reduce radiation dose to the breast, they noted.
How to inseminate a beluga whale
December 7, 2016 -- Spanish radiologists have helped perform the artificial insemination of a beluga whale, and they hope the new approach can boost reproduction in endangered marine mammals. The team explains how the technique can improve conception rates during artificial insemination and bolster conservation.
PACS displays influence brain ischemia detection
December 6, 2016 -- The specifications of LCD monitors -- specifically spatial resolution and luminance -- play an important role in the ability to detect brain ischemia on CT studies, particularly for less experienced radiologists, Italian researchers reported at last week's RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.
U.K. releases new guidance on chest pain
December 6, 2016 -- The U.K. National Institute for Clinical Excellence published its long-awaited update to the chest pain guidelines on 30 November, with leading cardiac imaging specialists issuing a positive, but cautious, response to the new document.
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