CTPA-based prediction model nails pulmonary hypertension March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - When do suspected pulmonary embolism patients actually have pulmonary hypertension (PH)? Although the treatment approach for the conditions is quite different, their presentation can be similar. But a new CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) tool can accurately predict PH in patients without pulmonary embolism, according to researchers from Israel.
Yellow wristbands cause a stir at editorial meeting at ECR March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - Emerging trends and new developments in medical imaging came under scrutiny at Friday's 5th annual AuntMinnieEurope.com editorial meeting at ECR 2015. More than half of the Editorial Advisory Board attended the 90-minute session. And on a lighter note, the compulsory yellow wristbands for delegates caused widespread amusement.
Siemens makes play for social radiology at ECR 2015 March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - Siemens Healthcare wants its customer base to get more social. To that end, the company is using this week's ECR 2015 to launch teamplay, an ambitious healthcare IT platform designed to promote interaction and collaboration among its users.
The big question: CT, MRI, or nuclear for coronary artery disease diagnosis? March 7, 2015 -- Faced with a choice of CT, MRI, and hybrid nuclear imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, which modality is most suitable for any one patient type and why? All three play an important role in the diagnostic process, according to speakers at a presentation on Saturday at ECR 2015.
Cutting-edge techniques transform practice of cardiac CT March 7, 2015 -- Cardiac CT has made great strides displacing conventional invasive coronary angiography, but its potential is still being tested. A presentation on Saturday at ECR 2015 discussed state-of-the-art techniques for image acquisition and also their advantages and limitations.
Video from ECR 2015: Thomas Beyer, PhD, on hybrid imaging March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - What does the future hold for PET/MRI? Can it ever be cost-effective? Thomas Beyer, PhD, a professor at the Medical University of Vienna, answers these questions in an interview with AuntMinnieEurope.com Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward at ECR 2015.
No second chance: Lawsuits set to rise across the board March 6, 2015 -- Radiology is one of the specialties most liable to claims based on medical malpractice, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2015 in Vienna. Radiologists can increase their awareness and knowledge of malpractice risks, as well as identify strategies that reduce the problems leading to malpractice litigation.
Video from ECR 2015: Dr. Anders Persson on forensic radiology March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - What makes a good forensic radiologist? Is CT or MRI winning the battle in postmortem imaging? Dr. Anders Persson, director of the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization in Linköping, Sweden, reveals all in an interview with AuntMinnieEurope.com Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward at ECR 2015.
Lightning strikes for Toshiba at ECR 2015 March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - At this week's ECR 2015 meeting, Toshiba Medical Systems is rolling out Aquilion Lightning, a new CT scanner designed to bring improved performance to the entry-level segment. Other ECR launches include an ultrasound software upgrade platform, new MRI coils, and a rebranded radiation dose management program.
TI-RADS works best for classifying thyroid nodules on US March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - When it comes to characterizing thyroid nodules on ultrasound, the Thyroid Imaging Reporting and Data System (TI-RADS) classification method is the way to go, according to a Friday presentation at ECR 2015. In a comparison with a recently proposed alternative, TI-RADS performed similarly and was more user-friendly, Egyptian researchers reported.
Screening sweet spot key for personalized medicine March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - "Personalized medicine" is quickly becoming overused, with many institutions even starting to rebrand themselves using the phrase. It's often associated with genomics, but that's a mistake; instead, radiologists should focus on hitting a screening sweet spot, according to a presentation at ECR 2015.
CAD boosts breast MRI sensitivity March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - Breast MRI already has high sensitivity, but can it be even higher? The answer is yes, if computer-aided detection (CAD) is thrown into the mix, according to a presentation at ECR 2015. In fact, the CAD system detected previously missed cancers nearly as well as it did screen-detected cancers.