New survey highlights major gaps in radiology teaching
July 30, 2013 -- Radiology teaching for medical students requires substantial improvements, particularly when it comes to interventional techniques, according to a survey reported at the 2013 U.K. Radiological Congress. Nearly 8% of respondents had never heard of interventional radiology.
Software can boost analysis of ground-glass lung nodules
July 29, 2013 -- Prototype software developed by Fraunhofer MeVis has potential for computer-aided segmentation and measurement of ground-glass lung nodules on chest CT, Dutch researchers have found in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
MRI in the face of economic adversity: Where next?
July 29, 2013 -- MRI has been the flagship of diagnostic imaging since its conception in the mid-1970s. In 2012, demand for MRI equipment drove market revenues of 693 million euros in Europe, Middle East, and Africa annually. Yet with increasing cost pressure, is there a risk of stalling innovation?
Pooled blood volume dual-energy CT enters clinical arena
July 26, 2013 -- Pooled blood volume images from dual-energy CT can be a powerful tool to differentiate clinically important pulmonary embolism from less important filling defects, and can even help clinicians manage pulmonary hypertension, concluded a talk at the 2013 International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Middle East respiratory syndrome spreads in Europe
July 25, 2013 -- A total of 90 confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) have now been reported worldwide, including 45 deaths. All patients have been linked to four Middle Eastern countries, but cases have also emerged in Europe, researchers report in an article in Lancet Infectious Diseases.
FDG-PET, DWI-MRI help predict osteosarcoma chemo response
July 25, 2013 -- Combining FDG-PET/CT and diffusion-weighed MRI (DWI-MRI) may be useful for predicting the histologic response of osteosarcoma to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Why we are not in the business of exclusion
July 24, 2013 -- It seems almost every other radiology request now bears the poisonous words, "Rule out x" or "exclude y," Dr. Paul McCoubrie writes in his latest column. He explains why he can't accept such sloppiness from clinicians. As usual, he doesn't hold back.
Cardiotoxicity from radiotherapy makes case for imaging
July 24, 2013 -- Radiotherapy of the lungs and heart have saved many patients' lives, but because radiation also harms the heart, the organ should generally be evaluated following cancer treatment, especially for higher-risk groups of patients, according to a Belgian-authored article in the European Heart Journal.
Education reduces unnecessary prostate imaging in Sweden
July 24, 2013 -- The rate of inappropriate imaging scans for low-risk prostate cancer patients in Sweden fell dramatically in the decade following an education effort to curb such tests, according to a study published online on 23 July in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
EuroPACS changes name to seek new identity and focus
July 23, 2013 -- At the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery congress in Heidelberg, Germany, the EuroPACS General Assembly approved a historic bylaws change, amending the name of the association and adopting a new mission statement. The new name is European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics.
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