Jury still out on MRI for cervical spine patients July 22, 2016 -- To use MRI or not to use MRI for cervical spine clearance after blunt traumatic injury? That is the question -- and remains so, according to a study published in European Radiology. Researchers found "significant heterogeneity" in the literature around MRI's use, and emphasize that more research is needed.
FDG-PET adds to gallium-68 scans for neuroendocrine tumors July 21, 2016 -- Follow-up FDG-PET scans can determine which patients with neuroendocrine tumors are suffering from progression of their disease and which of them would benefit from a change in therapy, according to an Austrian study published in the August issue of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
CT myocardial perfusion imaging evolves July 21, 2016 -- As researchers gain experience with CT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), they're finding MPI remains harder to read than fractional flow reserve CT. But CT MPI still has a lot going for it, including its potential to reduce catheterizations in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
Smartphones don't upgrade your brain July 20, 2016 -- Smartphones are toys or ersatz shrines we pray to, the Maverinck wrote in 2012. He revisits the topic and shares his latest thoughts on these ubiquitous devices. How can you deal with a hopelessly hooked patient?
DBT finds more cancers, but also boosts false positives July 20, 2016 -- Combining 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with 2D mammography images -- both actual and synthetic -- finds more cases of breast cancer than mammography alone, especially in younger women and those with dense breasts. But it also increases recall rates, according to a study published online in Lancet.
3D technique reconstructs missing mandibles July 19, 2016 -- German researchers used a 3D advanced visualization algorithm to reconstruct mandibles with missing parts -- the first step in the process of mandible bone restoration in patients with severe illness or injury, they wrote in the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Radiology and Surgery.
MRI waiting times remain 'desperately stagnant' in France July 19, 2016 -- Following the release of new figures about MRI waiting times in France, leading radiologists have voiced fresh concerns about the lack of progress. France constantly lags the same distance behind medical advances, according to Dr. Yves Menu, president of the French congress of radiology.
Simulation platform streamlines VR training July 18, 2016 -- Researchers are simplifying the creation of virtual reality (VR) surgical training modules with the development of a task-based approach to simulations training, according to an article in the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Radiology and Surgery.
Use MRI for athletes' acute groin pain, study finds July 15, 2016 -- As the Rio Olympics loom large, imaging of athletes is on the mind. A new study finds an MRI-based assessment approach for acute groin injuries shows good intra- and interrater reproducibility and may help improve clinician's confidence in scoring of these injuries.
Very low calcium scores do not guarantee negative MPI July 14, 2016 -- Symptomatic patients with very low coronary artery calcium scores are almost as likely to have a positive SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan and a subsequent cardiac event as patients with higher calcium scores, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting.