Why jokes still have a place in medical imaging November 5, 2012 -- Humor makes us appear more human and humane, according to Dr. Adrian Thomas, who often tells jokes and stories to patients to put them at their ease and build rapport. Many of our encounters are serious, but humor makes us more relaxed, he notes in his latest history column.
All's set for International Day of Radiology on 8 Nov. November 2, 2012 -- The global imaging community is primed for the first International Day of Radiology on 8 November. Radiological societies from across the world will host a series of events to promote the specialty among the general interest and specialist media, as well as among the general public and other medical disciplines.
MR navigators can track tumor motion November 1, 2012 -- Navigators show promise for real-time organ tracking and breath-hold monitoring during MR-guided radiotherapy. They are a fast and precise method for monitoring and real-time tracking of anatomical landmarks by providing direct MRI feedback on anatomical changes for more precise radiation delivery.
Using CAD 'on demand' may be more effective than prompts November 1, 2012 -- Radiologists' ability to detect malignant breast masses is more accurate when computer-aided detection (CAD) marks are hidden until they are needed, rather than displayed while the radiologist reads a study, according to new research from the Netherlands published online in Radiology.
Growth of oral contraceptives puts focus on hepatic adenomas October 31, 2012 -- The strong association between hepatic adenomas and the use of oral contraceptive pills and other estrogens is focusing attention on how imaging can help detect and diagnose these rare, benign tumors that occur mostly in women of childbearing age.
Swedes solve how best to read breast tomosynthesis images October 31, 2012 -- Breast tomosynthesis continues to gain in popularity, but uncertainty surrounds the most efficient way to read the images. In an article published on 20 October by European Radiology, Swedish researchers conclude these images are best viewed horizontally using any viewing procedure except for slow frame.
U.K. panel seeks to end confusion on breast screening October 30, 2012 -- Breast screening programs do extend lives and overall the benefits outweigh the harms, but overdiagnosis remains a serious cause for concern and requires more attention, an independent U.K. panel has found.
Jury's still out on CT colonography's cost-effectiveness October 30, 2012 -- Overriding evidence of CT colonography's cost-effectiveness remains absent, the main problem being that most studies have different comparators and parameter values, according to new analysis by Irish researchers.
Nuclear medicine specialists must keep up with the times October 29, 2012 -- The European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) congress is under way in Milan. Dr. Arturo Chiti, the committees coordinator for EANM, shares his insights about the changing face of nuclear medicine and what's required from specialists these days.
Acupuncture relieves radiation-induced xerostomia October 29, 2012 -- Acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of xerostomia, chronic dry mouth, according to the findings of a randomized clinical trial published online on 23 October in Annals of Oncology. This may be welcome news to the nearly half million patients worldwide diagnosed each year with head and neck cancers.