Study: PET/CT often changes therapy in recurrent melanoma cases September 30, 2013 -- In the right hands, PET/CT has a significant clinical impact on management decisions in more than 40% of patients with recurrent stage III/IV malignant melanoma by detecting additional sites of distant metastatic disease and characterizing indeterminate CT findings.
iPads for radiology trainees? Yes. Yes. Yes. September 30, 2013 -- Should you equip your radiology trainees with iPads? The answer is an unequivocal yes, according to a group from Boston, who found there were multiple benefits to using iPads and other mobile devices. However, training programs should have a long-term vision for mobile-based education, they wrote in the October American Journal of Roentgenology.
ESUR updates guidelines on acute pelvic pain during pregnancy September 27, 2013 -- The European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) has updated its guidelines regarding acute abdominal and pelvic pain during pregnancy. The group found that ultrasound and MRI are still the preferred modalities for this indication, among other conclusions.
Ultrasound imaging: No need to touch September 26, 2013 -- Noncontact ultrasound imaging, in which the transducer is separated from the skin by air, has been achieved in vivo by researchers. The group is cautiously optimistic about a clinical future for the technique, which uses a tightly focused high-intensity beam to generate tomographic images.
JFR: Imaging must combat social inequalities of cancer care September 25, 2013 -- Cancer imaging will come under the spotlight during next month's Journées Françaises de Radiologie Diagnostique et Interventionnelle (JFR) in Paris, but controversy persists over the inequality to prevention, screening, and shortage of MRI units.
PACS replacement and VNA procurement: How we did it September 25, 2013 -- Changing your PACS may seem like a frightening prospect, but it can be a worthwhile and positive experience. In the first part of a new step-by-step guide to PACS replacement and vendor-neutral archive (VNA), Dr. Neelam Dugar describes how she and her colleagues handled the entire process.
Germans applaud dual-source CT for low heart rate cases September 24, 2013 -- For patients with a low heart rate who cannot hold their breath adequately during coronary CT angiography, images can be acquired during free breathing without substantial loss of image quality when using a high-pitch scan mode in certain dual-source CT machines, researchers from Munich have found.
Software helps assess dynamic CT myocardial perfusion September 23, 2013 -- Three-dimensional semiautomated software can provide similar measurements and diagnostic accuracy to manual methods for evaluating dynamic myocardial perfusion CT data, a multinational team reported in European Radiology. It's also much faster.
PET/MRI shows growing edge over PET/CT in oncology September 23, 2013 -- FDG-PET/MRI more accurately evaluated and more often changed the management of patients with various forms of cancer in a comparison with PET/CT, according to preliminary research conducted in Naples, Italy, and the U.S.
Breast MRI reduces biopsies of false positives September 20, 2013 -- In experienced hands, breast MRI with mammography or ultrasound can help avoid biopsies of suspicious lesions that would otherwise turn out to be false positives, according to a researcher from a leading German institution.