Kalender: New CT detectors promise sharper images June 22, 2016 -- Why has so little happened with CT detector technology in recent years? The short answer is the next big leap forward is a giant one. But exciting new technologies are definitely making their way to commercial systems, according to a keynote lecture given this week on behalf of Willi Kalender, PhD, from Erlangen, Germany.
T1 maps can't pick healthy from diseased myocardium June 21, 2016 -- Native T1 mapping may be the year's hottest cardiac imaging technique, but it can't do something it's expected to do: distinguish healthy from diseased myocardium. That's the key finding by researchers from Essen University Hospital in Germany.
High iodine concentrations don't improve CCTA June 20, 2016 -- Using higher iodine concentrations when performing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) yields no significant improvement in contrast attenuation, concludes a new study led by cardiac imaging pioneer Dr. Stephen Achenbach.
German team wins prestigious Image of the Year award June 17, 2016 -- SAN DIEGO - German researchers have received this year's Image of the Year award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) for the use of three different radiotracers with PET to measure amyloid plaques, tau tangles, and metabolic activity in the brains of living Alzheimer's patients.
Swedes add ABUS to improve cancer detection June 16, 2016 -- Adding 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) to digital mammography in a screening setting significantly improves the invasive breast cancer detection rate in women with dense breasts and results in an acceptable recall increase, Swedish researchers have found.
UKRC: Quality system minimizes PACS errors June 15, 2016 -- Errors in imaging studies sent to PACS represent a high clinical risk, and an efficient, effective, and safe system needs to be in place to initiate action, delegates heard at last week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).
Low-dose protocol slashes CT lung screening cancer risk June 15, 2016 -- How low can low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening go? Swiss researchers have tested a new protocol for LDCT screening that reduces radiation dose to nearly the level of a chest x-ray -- a reduction that should lower the risk of a patient developing cancer from the scans in the future.
Pressure grows for diagnostic reference levels in Russia June 14, 2016 -- New research from a large, public hospital in Russia has added fresh impetus to the creation of CT national reference values, and it may also lead to the closer involvement of Russia in international radiation safety initiatives.
Brexit: What would it mean for imaging? June 13, 2016 -- On 23 June, the U.K. will vote to remain in or leave the European Union. If Brexit (British exit) goes ahead, great uncertainty awaits, and nothing in the European imaging sector will be quite the same again, writes Stephen Holloway in his new monthly market trends column.
Where does radiotherapy's future lie? June 10, 2016 -- What is the best way to maximize tumor control? Should we "crank up the volume" or "turn off the switches"? That was the intriguing theme of a debate at the recent European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 35 conference in Turin, Italy.