Radiology News
Hruby: Healthcare IT systems need urgent standardization
June 9, 2014 -- Besides simplifying workflow, the key future goal in healthcare IT is to standardize and unify systems, and this reaches well beyond PACS. It includes integrating the hospital and RIS with the long-term archive, according to the Vienna-based pioneer and early adopter Dr. Walter Hruby.
Congenital heart defects concern every radiologist
June 6, 2014 -- Important changes in the epidemiology of congenital heart defects are taking place, which mean these defects no longer concern only pediatric radiologists and pediatric cardiologists because an increasing number of cases occur within the adult population, according to new analysis from Austrian experts.
MR-guided focused ultrasound eases metastases pain
June 5, 2014 -- Bone metastases are common in patients with advanced cancer, causing severe pain and rapid degradation in quality of life. Such metastases are usually treated using radiation therapy, but this isn't suitable, or successful, for all patients. Another option may be MR-guided focused ultrasound.
Intervention, youth, breast MRI dominate agenda at DRK
June 4, 2014 -- The latest developments in breast MRI and interventional radiology were among the highlights of the 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK), and Drs. Christiane Kuhl and Thomas Helbich were two key speakers, writes's editorial adviser Dr. Matthias Dietzel.
Pitfalls in imaging the frail elderly
June 4, 2014 -- A general increase in investigation of those in extreme old age has occurred. Scanning someone older than 100 used to be a distinct novelty, but now barely raises an eyebrow, and we need a different approach, says Dr. Paul McCoubrie.
DWI MRI boosts edema detection in acute myocarditis
June 3, 2014 -- Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) is similar to -- and probably a little better than -- conventional black blood short tau inversion-recovery MR images when it comes to detecting edema in patients with myocarditis, the authors of a new study from Spain have found.
DRK: Cardiac MRI can provide clear picture on chest pain
June 3, 2014 -- When patients arrive in an accident and emergency department showing symptoms of a myocardial infarction, a catheter-based examination may be inconclusive, but nine times out of 10 MRI will lead to the correct diagnosis, according to a study presented at last week's 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK).
CAD boosts polyp detection on CTC for intermediate readers too
June 2, 2014 -- In one of the first studies to look at moderately experienced readers rather than experts or novices, computer-aided detection (CAD) significantly improved polyp detection sensitivity at CT colonography (CTC), according to a new study in European Radiology.
CADx helps characterize focal prostate lesions
June 2, 2014 -- Thanks mostly to its ability to improve specificity, computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) software can bolster characterization of focal prostate lesions on multiparametric MRI scans, French researchers reported in the June issue of Radiology.
FDG-PET/MRI fusion differentiates breast masses
June 2, 2014 -- While breast MRI is highly sensitive for breast cancer, its specificity can be a little lackluster. Fusing FDG-PET and breast MRI can help, however, Brazilian researchers reported in an article published online on 27 May in the European Journal of Radiology.
DRK: Study shows MRI supports detection of endometriomas
May 30, 2014 -- HAMBURG - MRI can be used to detect endometriomas, difficult-to-detect cells from the lining of the uterus found outside the uterine cavity, and also guide surgical intervention, according to a presentation from the 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK).
3D reconstruction of Richard III's spine confirms scoliosis
May 30, 2014 -- In the latest revelation relating to the discovery of the skeleton of King Richard III of England, a 3D printed reconstruction of his spine based on CT data confirms he suffered from the spinal condition scoliosis, although he wasn't quite the "hunchback" as portrayed by writers.
Molecular imaging offers promise on tumor heterogeneity
May 29, 2014 -- New tracers and imaging techniques for the assessment of heterogeneity are emerging fast, especially in the context of examining metastasis and predicting metastatic potential, but there is a significant need for large patient trials and applications, according to researchers at a top U.K. facility.
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