Lancet: Europe must get set for lung cancer screening
December 11, 2017 -- Experts from around Europe are urging the European Union (EU) to implement lung cancer screening using low-dose CT within the next 18 months. The EU position statement, published in the December issue of Lancet Oncology, recommends a risk stratification approach, among other guidelines.  Discuss
Kopans: Peer review has failed at BMJ
December 8, 2017 -- Peer review has failed at BMJ, Dr. Daniel Kopans wrote in a commentary. He thinks the authors of a study published on 5 December about the Dutch breast screening program have completely misinterpreted their own data.  Discuss
German innovation supports structured data mining
December 8, 2017 -- Structured reporting not only offers the prospect of speedier reporting throughput, but also has major implications for epidemiology due to its capacity to store easily accessible data, notably numerical measurements, according to a German expert.  Discuss
Radiologists aid mass disaster recovery with mobile CT
December 7, 2017 -- Not knowing the identity or whereabouts of people who were part of a mass disaster is frustrating for physicians and devastating for loved ones. Mobile CT scanners can help ameliorate this issue, according to a study presented at RSNA 2017.  Discuss
Esaote to be acquired by Chinese consortium
December 7, 2017 -- Italian ultrasound vendor Esaote has entered into an agreement to be acquired by a group of Chinese investors. The deal is expected to advance Esaote's expansion plans and bolsters its presence in the Chinese medical equipment market.  Discuss
Critics of breast screening focus attention on the Netherlands
December 6, 2017 -- Breast cancer screening opponents released a new study in BMJ on 5 December calling into question the benefits of mammography in the Netherlands. They concluded that screening had little impact on advanced breast cancers, suggesting a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality. Breast screening advocates beg to differ.  Discuss
3D-printed kidney helps optimize SPECT/CT quantification
December 6, 2017 -- Low-cost, 3D-printed kidney phantoms provide shape-specific details that improve the quantification of SPECT/CT scans, according to a study from Würzburg, Germany, published online in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Report: French x-ray units must brush up on dose
December 5, 2017 -- New analysis of national diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) has revealed staff in French x-ray departments tend to drag their heels when it comes to radiation protection, whereas CT professionals are increasingly on board in the DRL process.  Discuss
First-in-human data validate MRI-guided radiotherapy
December 5, 2017 -- A research team at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands has published details of the first four patient treatments using a new MRI-guided radiotherapy system demonstrates the feasibility and clinical utility of the MRI-linac system.  Discuss
3D printing assists implantation of hearing device
December 4, 2017 -- The surgical insertion of bone conduction implants is a complex procedure demanding extensive preoperative planning to get the positioning right. Simulation using 3D-printed skull bones may help optimize the process, according to a new study in Acta Otorhinolaryngolica Italian.  Discuss
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