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U.K. radiologist shortage worsens
September 14, 2016 -- The shortage of radiologists in the U.K. is getting worse, according to a census released by the Royal College of Radiologists on 10 September. Demand for imaging services increases, but the supply of radiologists does not. A key finding is that 99% of U.K. radiology departments could not meet scan and x-ray reporting demands.
fMRI finds dogs get style and substance of words
September 14, 2016 -- Add a mark to the win column for dog lovers: A recent Hungarian study using functional MRI (fMRI) found that man's best friend responds to both your words and how you say them. The results also help clarify how our ability to communicate may have evolved.
Structured reporting finds little traction in Italy
September 13, 2016 -- Although many radiologists in Italy are open to adopting structured reporting, technical and professional concerns have largely limited the technology's use in daily practice so far, Italian researchers reported recently in an article published online in European Radiology.
3D luminescence imaging shows subtle bone damage
September 13, 2016 -- Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin have devised an experimental 3D bone scanning technique that may improve the diagnosis of bone injuries without the use of ionizing radiation, according to a new study published in Chemical Communications.
Researchers close in on radiation's cancer-causing mechanisms
September 12, 2016 -- U.K. researchers studying human cancers have identified two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation, enabling doctors to potentially determine which tumors were caused by radiation exposure, according to a study published on September 12 in Nature Communications.
Italy unveils new findings on thalassemia
September 12, 2016 -- Women appear to tolerate iron toxicity better than men, perhaps due to the effect of reduced sensitivity to chronic oxidative stress, and female thalassemia patients only require follow-up every two years, according to a large Italian study.
Radiotherapy affects heart function of breast cancer patients
September 9, 2016 -- What happens to the heart when a breast cancer patient undergoes radiotherapy (RT)? The answer has been unclear, until now. Finnish researchers found radiotherapy induced regional changes corresponding to the RT fields.
CCTA plus SPECT offer solid long-term prognosis
September 8, 2016 -- Patients with positive findings on both coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are at high risk of cardiac events, while negative results on both exams confer an excellent long-term prognosis, according to researchers from Switzerland.
Reconstruction kernel cuts artifacts in CT MPI
September 7, 2016 -- A new reconstruction algorithm can erase beam-hardening artifacts in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in dual-source CT, bolstering the reliability of the increasingly popular examination, according to a U.S.-German study in European Radiology.
DNA damage comes under fresh scrutiny
September 7, 2016 -- Prompted by the lively recent debate about the possible carcinogenic risk in cardiac imaging for detecting coronary artery disease, Swiss researchers say they've found no significant differences between ultralow-dose coronary CT angiography and cardiovascular MRI.
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