ESTRO: Proton CT has potential to improve patient care
May 7, 2013 -- Evidence is growing that proton CT can enable more accurate treatment planning and range verification for proton therapy. Its emergence as a way to improve the precision of proton therapy was discussed at a recent forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) held in Geneva.
Curved MIPs aid detection of thin intracranial hematomas
May 7, 2013 -- An advanced visualization technique utilizing curved maximum intensity projections (MIPs) that parallel the inner table of the skull may be able to significantly improve sensitivity for detecting thin epidural and subdural hematomas, according to an Austrian article published in Radiology.
ECG could replace SPECT MPI for some cardiac patients
May 6, 2013 -- Electrocardiogram (ECG) stress testing alone could be used in place of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients who can exercise at a high capacity, said researchers of a study presented 5 May at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT in Berlin.
How to merge the best in hybrid imaging
May 6, 2013 -- Datasets in optical and nuclear imaging are being fused with those from other modalities to provide better anatomical information. And in addition to merging PET or SPECT with MRI or CT, the combination of fluorescence molecular tomography with CT or MRI is showing particular promise, a leading German expert said.
Hannover group targets inflammation in cardiac disease
May 6, 2013 -- An established treatment for cancer patients can offer a novel therapeutic approach to decrease the levels of inflammation in the atherosclerotic plaques of patients with cardiovascular disease, German researchers have found.
High-risk breast cancer patients more susceptible to DNA damage
May 3, 2013 -- High-risk breast cancer patients have an increased sensitivity to radiation -- and thus radiation-induced cancer -- so their mammography exams should be limited to a single oblique view, in addition to MRI to detect infiltrative breast cancer and carcinoma in situ, according to French researchers.
Postmortem MRI shows sudden cardiac death invisible at autopsy
May 2, 2013 -- In results that add substantial forensic power to identifying the cause of death, postmortem cardiac 3-tesla MRI has been found to identify sudden cardiac death in cases that are invisible at conventional autopsy, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Second cancer risks warrant rigorous investigation
May 2, 2013 -- How can we estimate the risk of inducing second cancers in patients receiving radiotherapy? Ionizing radiation is known to cause cancer, and the risk of inducing second cancers in patients undergoing radiotherapy cannot be ignored.
Is France an underdeveloped country when it comes to MRI?
May 1, 2013 -- As the first anniversary of François Hollande's presidency approaches, a new report has highlighted the serious shortages of medical imaging equipment in France and the continued long waiting times for an MRI appointment throughout much of the country.
Working all hours? AuntMinnieEurope.com launches survey
May 1, 2013 -- The EU's Working Time Directive has focused attention on work hours. It provides for the right to work no more than 48 hours a week, restricts excessive night work, and requires a minimum number of holidays a year. But are imaging professionals complying with this? Take this survey to help determine the major trends on the working hours of imaging staff.
Why interruptions are a good thing
May 1, 2013 -- A change of ethos is necessary when it comes to interruptions, and it's far better to think of them as consultations, writes columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Consultants are there to be consulted and we should always try to help our clinical colleagues, he says.
Patient access to radiation therapy still a major concern in Africa
April 30, 2013 -- There is an acute shortage of radiotherapy equipment of any type in Africa, and the scarcity of resources is becoming even more severe and pronounced with the increase in cancer incidence in the continent, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report published in Lancet Oncology.