Belgium seeks to shore up defenses against cyberattack
May 17, 2017 -- The large-scale ransomware attack that hit many National Health Service facilities in the U.K. has led many countries to urgently review their own cybersecurity measures. Although Belgian hospitals were not affected by the attack, the Belgian government has released a countrywide action plan.
New audit pinpoints causes of 'wasteful' unnecessary scans
May 17, 2017 -- Radiologists' failure to check the validity of requests for CT and MRI scans, along with ignorance among referring doctors of appropriateness criteria for imaging examinations, are the most important reasons for costly inappropriate requests of radiological exams, a new study from Saudi Arabia found.
Good follow-up can boost breast screening attendance
May 17, 2017 -- Providing women who miss breast cancer screening appointments with a fixed date and time for their new appointment could improve poor attendance and be a cost-effective way to shift national participation trends, according to a new U.K. analysis that was published on 15 May in Lancet Oncology.
Hands-on approach can bring success in cardiac training
May 16, 2017 -- The rising demand for cardiac imaging and the rapid development of technology mean trainees often are squeezed for time, but there are several essential ingredients for successful training in cardiac imaging that will equip facilities for the future, according to Dr. Francesca Pugliese, PhD.
NHS offers guidance on ransomware response
May 15, 2017 -- The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) is directing facilities to a security patch designed to counter the 12 May cyberattacks that crippled many healthcare facilities in the country. The NHS has also issued a series of guidances to trusts on how to respond to the attacks.
Needle sequencing optimizes brachytherapy dose
May 15, 2017 -- Dutch researchers have used a new technique to improve dose delivery in MR-guided high-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy. Now they're developing a protocol for inserting a brachytherapy needle under MR-guidance and a single-needle robotic device for MR-guided needle insertion.
Massive cyberattack cripples U.K. health services
May 12, 2017 -- England and Scotland have been hit by a large-scale cyberattack that has compromised National Health Service facilities in both countries, including radiology services, according to news and social media reports from affected facilities.
CZT-based SPECT MPI may predict cardiac outcomes
May 12, 2017 -- SPECT gamma cameras featuring cadmium zinc telluride-based (CZT) digital detector technology are just what the nuclear cardiologist ordered to diagnose seemingly healthy patients with cardiac symptoms and to help predict their chances for an adverse event, according to a study published online April 27 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
U.K. firm explores surgery in augmented reality
May 12, 2017 -- A U.K. firm has developed a system that uses Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset as part of an "augmented surgical system" that it believes could be used to aid surgeons during minimally invasive procedures by giving them a 3D interactive perspective of the inside of a patient.
20-year follow-up study shows breast screening works
May 11, 2017 -- A 20-year study of breast cancer in the Netherlands showed mammography screening is associated with a 30% decline in breast cancer mortality in women between the ages of 55 and 79. They also found that the mortality decline began within a couple of years after screening started.
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