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ESCR: Chest x-rays pick up incidental findings
October 17, 2017 -- Don't underestimate chest x-rays as a useful technique for illuminating thoracic aorta pathologies, particularly when it comes to highlighting incidental findings, according to Italian research presented at last week's European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) congress in Milan.  Discuss
JFR 2017: CT overscanning leads to higher radiation doses
October 16, 2017 -- Efforts to curb radiation exposure with dose reduction technology have stepped up in recent years, but a study from Switzerland has revealed another source of excessive radiation dose across hospitals -- overscanning, delegates at the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR 2017) heard on 16 October.  Discuss
JFR 2017: Choose the right MRI contrast to confirm leaks
October 13, 2017 -- Hypersignal seen outside the liver parenchyma on MRI scans after an injection of contrast for hepatobiliary studies is usually understood as a sign of biliary leak. But is it a good way to confirm injury after surgery? Maybe not, finds a paper to be presented on 14 October at the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR 2017) congress.  Discuss
CESM boosts detection of malignant breast lesions
October 12, 2017 -- Compared with conventional mammography alone, contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) catches an additional 7.7% of lesions in recalled women -- and most of these lesions are malignant, Dutch researchers found. The low risks of using CESM as a workup tool make it a valuable addition to breast cancer care, they added.  Discuss
Staffing crisis deepens in U.K., RCR says
October 11, 2017 -- Nearly one in 10 radiology posts in the U.K. were vacant in 2016, and 61% of those positions were unfilled for a year or more, according to a new report released by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
Imaging in the crypt: Tales from Old London Town
October 11, 2017 -- A global team of researchers has used imaging to help unlock the medical secrets of 18th and 19th century skeletons from a London crypt, shedding light on many conditions other than those detected by osteological analysis alone.  Discuss
How to win 'ongoing battle' over CT dose in trauma
October 10, 2017 -- Optimizing radiation dose in whole-body CT polytrauma cases represents an ongoing battle, but it can be won, according to researchers from Oxford, U.K. To minimize risk to patients, the justification criteria must be robust and documented justification should be clearly communicated.  Discuss
Evidence mounts: Use macrocyclic GBCAs in pediatric MRI
October 10, 2017 -- Could macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) become the standard MRI protocol for pediatric patients? German researchers think so, after finding no measurable increase in signal intensity in key brain regions after multiple administrations in a study published in the October issue of Radiology.  Discuss
New method painlessly measures gadolinium in bone
October 9, 2017 -- The use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI is under scrutiny. There's an urgent need for an in vivo measurement technique that can assess gadolinium deposition in bone, and Canadian researchers think they've made a breakthrough.  Discuss
French radiologists get set to become TV stars
October 6, 2017 -- France's national union of independent radiologists has unveiled a new television advertising campaign to promote breast cancer screening in tandem with Pink October, the country's national breast cancer awareness month.  Discuss
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