Novel CT technique emerges for acute appendicitis
December 22, 2014 -- Abdominal CT with compression to the right lower quadrant has a high diagnostic accuracy in cases of acute appendicitis, and it can be considered as a CT counterpart of graded compression ultrasound, Turkish researchers reported at the recent RSNA 2014 meeting.
Shear-wave elastography assists in thyroid cancer
December 22, 2014 -- Shear-wave ultrasound elastography can reliably predict thyroid cancer and serve as a useful adjunctive tool to grayscale ultrasound, according to a report published online by the European Journal of Radiology.
Germany's new quality guidelines: What has changed?
December 19, 2014 -- An updated set of quality assurance guidelines took effect in Germany on 4 November 2014. Significantly, they include a new standard on acceptance and consistency testing of image display systems.
Swiss reveal progress in classifying breast microcalcifications
December 18, 2014 -- A new method for classifying breast microcalcifications using x-ray phase-contrast imaging was presented at the RSNA 2014 meeting. The technique may help improve early breast cancer diagnosis, increase diagnostic accuracy, and reduce the number of biopsies of suspicious lesions.
Philips targets image-guided therapy with 1.2B bid for Volcano
December 17, 2014 -- Continuing an aggressive expansion of its image-guided therapy and interventional radiology business, Philips Healthcare has inked a deal to pay $1.2 billion (0.973 billion euros) to acquire Volcano, a developer of intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve technology.
Insights: Structured reporting's 'fusion reactor' gets hungry for fuel
December 17, 2014 -- The time for structured reporting has come, and it has changed from an eternal promise, like that of a nuclear fusion reactor, into a device that is ready for clinical deployment, according to a new article in Insights into Imaging that's garnering great attention.
Scaling new heights: Spain prioritizes visibility
December 17, 2014 -- The Spanish Society of Radiology (SERAM) is working hard to ensure its members are at the forefront of patient care with its new public campaign, "What's your radiologist's name?" In an exclusive interview, SERAM President Dr. José Luis del Cura Rodríguez outlines his future vision.
U.K. issues new advice on coronary CT angiography
December 16, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published recommendations for the safe use of coronary CT angiography to investigate patients with chest pain. The 26-page document can be downloaded for free from the RCR's website and includes practical information.
Brussels e-health summit looks to the future
December 15, 2014 -- Identify the problem, plan a solution, and just do it. That's the advice of an expert from Finland, speaking at the recent First Annual European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical, and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) eHealth Summit and Workshop. Market analyst Stephen Holloway reports from the Brussels event.
Researchers compare x-ray phase-contrast methods
December 12, 2014 -- Exploiting the refraction of x-rays in tissue, x-ray phase-contrast imaging (XPCi) has the potential to significantly improve upon the image contrast provided by conventional absorption-based x-ray imaging and reduce doses.