Radiology News
SNMMI: New PET tracer detects recurrent prostate cancer
June 12, 2014 -- German researchers have developed a new PET radiotracer that detects recurrent prostate cancer in patients with very low prostate-specific antigen levels, according to two preliminary studies presented this week at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting in St. Louis.
Royal College gets tough on overseas teleradiology
June 11, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has called for changes in how overseas doctors working for teleradiology companies are regulated. RCR officials have issued a 13-point position statement and met with the U.K. General Medical Council, Care Quality Commission, and Department of Health.
Austria shows the way on e-health records
June 11, 2014 -- A new software tool developed at the Vienna Hospitals Association as part of a diploma thesis is proving successful in the systematic generation of radiology reports. Furthermore, it is compatible with the country's electronic health record system.
Mammography breast density measurements need modifying
June 10, 2014 -- Standard breast density measurement thresholds derived from film-screen mammography don't port over well to full-field digital mammography (FFDM). Using breast density assessment software, however, Canadian researchers have found that lower percentage cut points for FFDM yielded comparable prognostic power.
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 AuntMinnieEurope.com'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.
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