Market expands for patients' online second opinions
October 22, 2013 -- A new e-health venture offering an online opinion service for medical images is due to begin commercial operations this month. Describing itself as an opinion provider rather than a second read service, it deals directly with patients rather than physicians and faces fewer restrictions.
What do I need to know about HL7?
October 22, 2013 -- During the 2013 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual conference, there was an overriding message to healthcare imaging and IT professionals that they should learn more about HL7, especially as image-enabling the electronic medical record is becoming a very hot item.
JFR: Are multidisciplinary meetings viable in cancer cases?
October 21, 2013 -- The chronic lack of MR machines and radiologists in France was again highlighted at the national radiology congress, Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR), this time in a thought-provoking discussion about cancer care.
Study: Make more use of 3T MRI to identify DCIS
October 21, 2013 -- Adding 3-tesla MRI to mammography for patients presenting with suspicious microcalcifications adds "significant" value, Dutch researchers have found. Specifically, the modality boosts the percentage of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) lesions detected.
Multitransmit for body MRI: Is it worth it?
October 18, 2013 -- At higher field strengths, it is hoped new technology will lead to more clinical applications benefiting from homogeneous MR images, but can it ever be cost-effective? That was the main question during a round table discussion at the meeting of the European Society of MR in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB).
MRA helps detect risk from unruptured cerebral aneurysms
October 17, 2013 -- MR angiography (MRA) using a 3D time-of-flight sequence could well be the most efficient technique for detecting unruptured cerebral aneurysms and determining if they pose a health risk, according to a study published in the October 15 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
EU pledges renewed support for personalized medicine
October 16, 2013 -- BRUSSELS - EU officials have vowed to work more closely with the medical imaging community to help roll out personalized medicine over the coming years. At a round-table gathering on 15 October, officials acknowledged that breakthroughs in technology presented medical opportunities too important to ignore.
Why expert speakers so often disappoint us
October 16, 2013 -- Disappointing lectures by noted experts abound. The reasons vary, but a mild anticlimax is commonplace. Dr. Paul McCoubrie shares in his latest column the reason that is the case: Often the speaker doesn't know how to simplify his or her presentation.
Unveiled: 10-point plan of action for managing dose
October 15, 2013 -- The European Society of Radiology has revealed its latest thinking and strategy for radiation protection. It wants greater use to be made of CT dose recording and dose repositories, and is launching a campaign at ECR 2014 in March.
World expert on soft-tissue tumors, Arthur De Schepper, dies
October 14, 2013 -- Dr. Arthur De Schepper was a greatly admired radiologist. He was a world authority on soft-tissue tumors, created the "Antwerp school of radiology" in Belgium, and wrote hundreds of poems. Two colleagues, Drs. Paul Parizel and Jan Bosmans, pay tribute to him.
Lancet: Angiography busts theory of venous link to MS
October 14, 2013 -- Countering prior findings that cerebrospinal venous narrowing and multiple sclerosis (MS) go hand in hand, a study incorporating both x-ray venography and ultrasound found that venous narrowing is unrelated to MS. The new results were published online on 9 October in Lancet.
Ditch biopsy for axillary breast cancer staging, experts say
October 11, 2013 -- Is the end in sight for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for axillary staging of breast cancer patients? U.K. researchers call the procedure "redundant" in light of MR imaging with dye based on superparamagnetic iron oxide.
ESR forges ahead with teleradiology white paper
October 10, 2013 -- The first details about the long-awaited white paper on teleradiology from the European Society of Radiology (ESR) will be revealed on Friday, 11 October, at the Management in Radiology congress in Barcelona, Spain. Co-author Dr. Erik Ranschaert, chair of the ESR task force on teleradiology, will present the paper at the congress.
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