JAMA: PET best option to diagnose ischemic heart disease
August 21, 2017 -- A head-to-head comparison to determine the most accurate modality for diagnosing myocardial ischemia has found that PET outperforms SPECT, coronary CT angiography, and hybrid variations of the three modalities in patients with suspected coronary artery disease, according to a study published online August 16 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
Saudi-Irish study highlights major differences in MRI practice
August 18, 2017 -- An investigation of quality management for abdominal and pelvic MRI scans in Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Ireland has shown that staffing issues, variable adherence to local rules and procedures, and lack of policies governing work practices contribute to major fluctuations in clinical practice.  Discuss
3D-printed blood vessels reproduce patient clots
August 17, 2017 -- Dutch researchers have created a blood-vessel model that effectively replicates the formation of a blood clot caused by stenosis defects. The team developed a microfluidic blood-vessel model using layered stacks of CT angiography data combined with 3D printing.  Discuss
New controversy emerges over gadolinium contrast agents
August 16, 2017 -- New guidelines on nephrogenic systemic fibrosis have prompted a strong reaction from radiologists and caused the author to consider revising his recommendations in a bid to restore the peace. He must take full account of a recent ruling on gadolinium-based contrast agents, Dr. Henrik Thomsen said.  Discuss
Swiss find inequalities persist in breast screening
August 15, 2017 -- Introducing an organized breast cancer screening program in Geneva, Switzerland, increased adherence to mammography screening, but it did nothing to eliminate social disparities in the screening participation, an epidemiological study published on 1 August in Preventive Medicine has found.  Discuss
How to reduce radiographers' aches and pains
August 15, 2017 -- Getting in the correct position is vital. That's the overriding conclusion of Portuguese researchers who have identified postures for radiographers and given practical advice that will help to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders when performing mammograms.  Discuss
ISMRM offers guidelines for gadolinium MRI contrast
August 14, 2017 -- Taking what's described as a "wait and see approach," the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) has published guidelines on the use of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents in both clinical and research settings in an article published in the July issue of Lancet Neurology.  Discuss
Total-body PET scanner targets pediatric patients
August 11, 2017 -- A high-resolution total-body PET scanner, which will be the first of its kind in Europe, is being developed in Belgium. The machine -- dubbed PET20.0 -- will be completed by 2020, and will offer higher resolution scanning suitable for children.  Discuss
EJR: More experience doesn't always mean less dose
August 10, 2017 -- Radiology experience is not always an indication of how much radiation dose patients receive, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Radiology (EJR). For fluoroscopic-guided hip injections, Canadians found trainees tend not to expose patients to increased radiation as compared with their experienced colleagues.  Discuss
How to tackle acute groin pain in top footballers
August 9, 2017 -- Football's World Cup is 10 months away, but already the medical community in Russia is starting to warm up for the event. Researchers have unveiled the findings of a significant study of groin injuries in professional football players from Russian Premier League side FC Locomotiv Moscow.  Discuss
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