Radiology News
Norway acts to improve workflow and cut dose
June 25, 2014 -- A pioneering 50,000 euro project that began in the scenic west of Norway in April aims to organize imaging protocols so that examinations can be exchanged efficiently between hospital groups. The scheme is seen as a necessary step to optimize workflow and protect patients from excess radiation exposure.
ESGAR: Imaging sheds light on tumor response in liver
June 24, 2014 -- Evaluation of treated hepatic lesions is challenging, so it's vital to adapt the imaging strategy and evaluation criteria according to the treatment used and underlying tumor, noted award-winning French researchers at last week's European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) meeting.
100 years on: Marie Curie and the Great War
June 23, 2014 -- Marie Curie kept incredibly busy during World War I, working tirelessly for her adopted country of France. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas tells the amazing story, including how she put x-rays into ambulances.
PET-assessed tumor heterogeneity shows continued promise
June 20, 2014 -- A multi-institutional study from Germany has joined a growing number of evaluations of tumor heterogeneity as a tool to assess cancer treatment responses. This study investigated textural parameters of tumor heterogeneity in F-18 FDG PET/CT images of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer.
Saudi study finds evidence of inappropriate CT referrals
June 19, 2014 -- A new study of CT referrals in a large academic hospital in Saudi Arabia has underlined the need to increase collaboration between clinicians and radiologists in order to follow appropriateness guidelines, attain radiation dose reduction strategies, and avoid misuse of the modality.
Lowering patient waiting times is challenging
June 18, 2014 -- Can initiatives such as teleradiology or PACS decrease patient waiting times for radiology services? It's possible, although the literature isn't conclusive, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
The U.K.'s great teleradiology debate
June 18, 2014 -- Last week's teleradiology statement from the Royal College of Radiologists has got a heated response. Dr. George McInnes, a practicing U.K. radiologist who is an adviser to a teleradiology company, presents his personal views on the document.
Norwegians seek to add clarity to breast screening dispute
June 17, 2014 -- An invitation to participate in breast cancer screening reduces cancer death risk by 28%, according to a new study by researchers from Norway and published in BMJ. Mammography screening experts have called the study "thorough," "accurate," and "refreshingly free" of hysteria; an accompanying editorial, however, is not, they said.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 17, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to Norwegian researchers.
Be creative on tech assessment, DRG president urges
June 16, 2014 -- A critical challenge is how to assess the influence of every imaging procedure with accuracy and rigor. Dr. Norbert Hosten, president of the German Radiological Society (DRG), thinks there's a big opportunity to exploit the potential of new scientific participation in fresh and original ways.
Radiographer reporting leads to major gains at top cancer facility
June 16, 2014 -- A structured four-year scheme for reporting of chest x-rays by radiographers has brought impressive results at the Christie in Manchester. The percentage of chest x-rays waiting six days or more for a formal report has fallen to almost nothing in four years, and the turnaround time also has dropped.
Bidirectional scans can boost resolution of 3D images
June 13, 2014 -- The value of optoacoustic or photoacoustic imaging in preclinical research has been established, and German researchers are now working toward clinical translation of the technique. A new study shows a bidirectional scanning approach improves the elevational resolution of 3D images.
UKRC: How to achieve success with fetal MRI
June 12, 2014 -- MANCHESTER - There's a great need to optimize and standardize patient care and imaging parameters to realize fetal MRI's potential, avoid unnecessary repeat examinations and improve image quality and efficiency, according to research presented at this week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).
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