Eurasian Radiology Initiative makes continued progress
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - The second official meeting of the Eurasian Radiology Initiative took place on Sunday at ECR 2014. The goal of the project is to establish a multinational radiological association in a geographical area with great potential to exchange experience and knowledge, but which still lacks a regional society.
Parizel takes ECR delegates on cerebral journey of discovery and hope
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Emerging functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and diffusion kurtosis imaging can provide a better understanding of the microstructure and function of the brain, and help to elucidate some of the mechanisms involved in neuroplasticity, explained Dr. Paul Parizel in the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Honorary Lecture at ECR 2014.
Diagnosing chronic back pain: More than just looking at images
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Chronic low back pain is the most common cause of disability between the ages of 45 and 65, which means that it is something radiologists will have to deal with during their careers. When they do, they should be able to read films properly, according to presenters of a Refresher Course at ECR 2014.
Serbia 'comes home' as its contribution gets official recognition
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Serbian radiologists have warmly welcomed the chance for greater visibility at the ECR and in European radiology at large -- visibility which until recently has been lacking, despite the country's scientific contribution to the discipline. Saturday's "ESR meets Serbia" session brought Serbian radiology into sharper focus.
Teeth: The feature radiologists need to know more about
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Most radiologists don't deal much with dental imaging, but they should be aware of what to look out for and know the difference between dental MRI and cone-beam CT, according to a Sunday presentation at ECR 2014.
New model for CKD screening cuts eGFR redundancies in half
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Because of the proportion of false positives in predicting chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients undergoing contrast-enhanced CT, the current combination of all risk factors is inaccurate, delegates at ECR 2014 learned. A less elaborate model cuts estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) redundancies by 50%.
Use of mobile devices in radiology requires extra care
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly being employed in radiology applications, but users must take heed of crucial technical factors that can affect their performance for viewing images, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014.
Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
CT scanners show better agreement on risk than on CAC scores
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - State-of-the-art CT scanners produce widely divergent coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, but at least they substantially agree on the risk levels of individuals undergoing the scans, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014. However, even the risk agreement isn't strong enough.
Experts chew the fat on obesity, services for larger patients
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Ground-breaking applications of functional imaging techniques can help radiologists play their part in the fight against the emerging obesity pandemic. In particular, MR elastography is showing promise in the early detection of disease, attendees were told at Saturday's State-of-the-Art Symposium at ECR 2014.
Tread cautiously with MR-guided prostate biopsies
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - MR-guided biopsies of the prostate should only be performed in select patients, and it's vital to keep aware of false-negative results. Also, an urgent need exists for robust multicenter trials of targeted biopsies of the prostate, ECR 2014 delegates learned during a Special Focus session on Saturday.
de Roos lists essential ingredients for research success
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - The future well-being of radiology hinges not on where the specialty will go, but on what role radiologists will play in the delivery of healthcare and how they can stimulate the research enterprise, according to a presentation by Albert de Roos, PhD, on Saturday at ECR 2014.
Ultrasound offers answers in tumor therapy evaluation
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - A multicenter study of 500 patients using dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound nudges radiologists further toward standardization in functional evaluation of tumor perfusion, which until recently was lacking in the toolkit of oncologic imaging specialists, French researchers reported at ECR 2014.