MRI tackles low-dose CT on lung cancer screening
February 24, 2014 -- CT screening of high-risk individuals for lung cancer can identify malignant nodules sooner, but every CT scan performed, even at a low dose, confers a small risk of causing cancer as a result of cumulative radiation dose exposure. German researchers think MRI provides a viable alternative.
BJR: Cumulative dose shouldn't influence decisions on CT
February 21, 2014 -- Using cumulative dose estimates to influence whether a patient should get a CT scan is "tantamount to introducing dose limits for patients" and "unnecessarily restricts access" to radiation-based diagnostic exams, according to an editorial in the British Journal of Radiology.
FDG-PET/MRI shows advantages with malignant bone lesions
February 20, 2014 -- Compared with PET/CT, FDG-PET/MRI with a fully integrated whole-body scanner is "technically and clinically robust" in its evaluation of bone lesions, despite differences in attenuation correction between the two hybrid modalities, according to a German study in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Conceptual model explains success behind PACS
February 19, 2014 -- It can be challenging to determine the factors behind a successful PACS deployment. But a PACS performance framework developed by Dutch researchers may offer some important clues for hospitals seeking to maximize their investment.
High-resolution CT makes progress in pulmonary fibrosis
February 19, 2014 -- Patients with suspected idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis who do not have typical patterns on high-resolution CT may in the future be spared the risks of lung biopsy and be given a confident diagnosis based on clinical and radiological findings alone, according to new research published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Heterodoxy and hegemony: Part 1
February 19, 2014 -- Micromanagement by individuals in gray suits is reaching new heights -- or lows, depending on how you look at it, writes Dr. Paul McCoubrie. He's concerned about the hegemonic assumptions that more structure in training and education is better, and counting numbers of cases is a valid way of assuming competency.
Vienna's 20th ECR: Hidden gems and other reflections
February 18, 2014 -- ECR 2014, which begins on 6 March, is the 20th ECR to be held in Vienna. Four European radiologists, including three members of AuntMinnieEurope.com's editorial advisory board, reflect on their first ECR, why they keep returning, and what changes they have observed, and also reveal their hidden or forgotten gems from Vienna.
Pediatric radiology faces mounting challenges in Germany
February 17, 2014 -- The number of practicing pediatric radiologists in Germany is declining all the time and the situation is now acute, according to Dr. Gabriele Hahn from Dresden University Clinic. In this interview, she explains how this crisis has arisen and what makes a good pediatric radiologist.
X-ray works for identifying drug mules
February 14, 2014 -- Digital radiography (DR) is a good tool for detecting cases of methamphetamine body packers, according to a new study in the British Journal of Radiology. But the unique nature of such radiography studies may call for additional training when radiologists are called to interpret images of suspected drug carriers.
Hospitals must be ready to pay the price for EHRs
February 13, 2014 -- Hospitals need to be better prepared to handle the full costs of implementing electronic health record (EHR) software if they want to maximize the benefits of the technology, according to research published online on 13 February in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
UEMS plays important role in radiology education
February 13, 2014 -- Few radiologists seem to know a great deal about the Union Européenne des Médecins-Spécialistes (UEMS, the European Union of Medical Specialists), but it's playing an important role in medical education and continuing professional development of doctors.
We do not want to go back to the Dark Ages of breast screening
February 12, 2014 -- The publication of long-term follow-up results in BMJ from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study has revived an ongoing debate over the methods used in the trial. In this Second Opinion article, Dr. László Tabár of the University of Uppsala presents his view of the study.
ESR holds out olive branch to European Society of Cardiology
February 12, 2014 -- Cardiologists and radiologists often stick to their own congresses, but this may change after the European Society of Radiology (ESR) has held out the hand of friendship to the European Society of Cardiology. Part two of our interview with ECR 2014 President Dr. Valentin Sinitsyn looks at this initiative.
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