Belgian radiologists speak of shock after terrorist attacks
March 30, 2016 -- A group of radiologists traveling to Munich on an industry visit were caught up in last week's bombings in Brussels. Terrorist attacks like these are making people more reluctant to travel, says ESR President Dr. Paul Parizel, PhD.
Getting patient consent requires sensitivity, tact
March 30, 2016 -- Obtaining informed consent is an important part of radiologists' work, but rarely do they give it sufficient thought and attention, note two leading German experts. In this interview, they give practical hints and suggestions for obtaining patient consent.
Without PET, CT falls short in finding metastases
March 29, 2016 -- Using PET/CT as the reference standard, German researchers have found significant deficiencies with CT alone for the detection of bone marrow metastases in patients with malignant melanoma, according to a study published in the April issue of the European Journal of Radiology.
fMRI uncovers benefits of video games for MS patients
March 29, 2016 -- Using functional MRI (fMRI), Italian researchers discovered that playing video games can bolster neural connections in the brains of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and improve some cognitive abilities. The study was published online in Radiology.
3D software may predict osteoarthritis
March 28, 2016 -- A 3D image-processing technique that maps the spaces between bones in joints could help predict which individuals will develop osteoarthritis later, offering the disease assessment tool that clinicians have been waiting for, according to researchers from Cambridge University in the U.K.
MRI tops ultrasound in predicting preterm births
March 25, 2016 -- By using MRI to evaluate pregnant women with a short cervix on ultrasound, obstetricians can better predict if the expectant mother will give birth prematurely, according to a new study published online March 15 in Radiology.
Nodule classification unaffected by segmentation method
March 24, 2016 -- The performance of an automated nodule classification scheme doesn't vary depending on how the nodule is segmented, whether manually or semiautomatically, concluded new research from the U.K.'s Oxford University and Mirada Medical.
PET/CT after therapy avoids surgery for head, neck cancer
March 24, 2016 -- Using PET/CT scans to assess response to therapy can help patients with head and neck cancer avoid invasive post-treatment surgery to remove any remaining cancer cells, according to a U.K. study published online 23 March in the New England Journal of Medicine.
MRI unravels neuro complications of Zika virus
March 23, 2016 -- French experts have urged all clinical staff to keep aware that meningoencephalitis is a possible complication in patients with ZIKV infection (Zika virus), according to a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Radiology plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis of this complication.
Synthetic 2D 'surprises' top U.K. breast team
March 22, 2016 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is not all it's cracked up to be in results that researchers from Cambridge, U.K., have called "surprising." The technique's preferred when assessing lesion visibility and extent and also when discriminating between malignant and benign lesions, but synthetic 2D is proving superior when viewing microcalcifications.
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