Hricak: Imaging, radiation oncology increasingly work as one
September 19, 2014 -- Imaging is central to the unprecedented wave of medical specialties converging on cancer care. But it will take more than what today's radiologists are trained for to better understand cancer's mysteries, according to global cancer imaging pioneer Dr. Hedvig Hricak, PhD.
MRI aids differentiation of traumatic cerebral fat embolism
September 18, 2014 -- An Egyptian-led team of MRI researchers reported at last week's International Congress of Radiology that cerebral fat embolism (CFE) can be differentiated from diffuse axonal injury because CFE has a higher incidence of increased T2-FLAIR and diffusion-weighted imaging lesions.
Phase-contrast x-rays image the airways
September 18, 2014 -- Phase-contrast x-ray imaging offers a noninvasive way to track the effectiveness of cystic fibrosis treatments. The technique, which measures the refraction of a grid pattern of x-rays passing through the lungs, may eventually find use in visualizing other soft tissues, such as the brain and heart.
PET/CT bolsters lymphoma survival predictions
September 17, 2014 -- PET/CT outperforms CT alone in measuring treatment response and predicting survival in patients with follicular lymphoma, and therefore should be used routinely in clinical practice, according to research published on Thursday in Lancet Haematology.
Secure method leverages public cloud storage of images
September 17, 2014 -- For all its potential benefits, public cloud storage isn't currently a great option for archiving of medical images due to security concerns and challenges in managing workflow with existing on-site archives. Portuguese researchers have devised a method that aims to solve those problems.
Getting the most out of social media
September 17, 2014 -- Social media represents a game-changing tool for improving patient care, supporting education, and enhancing visibility, but imaging professionals must be aware of the potential pitfalls and be trained in how to use it both effectively and safely.
CT detects battle injuries of King Richard III
September 17, 2014 -- Using whole-body and micro CT, U.K. researchers have concluded that King Richard III suffered three injuries that potentially could have caused his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, according to a study published online on 17 September in the Lancet.
Mammo skeptics make new bid to stop U.K. breast screening trial
September 16, 2014 -- A U.K. clinical trial examining whether mammography screening should be offered to a broader range of women must be halted due to ethical and medical concerns, according to a letter published in BMJ by a group of longtime opponents to breast screening. But not everyone agrees.
What lies beneath the wrappings of an ancient mummy?
September 16, 2014 -- Archaeology and ancient Egypt have been a point of fascination since Napoleon Bonaparte. An exhibition at the British Museum in London highlights the important role that radiology plays, and it runs until 30 November. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas investigates.
Forget breast screening for women 70 and older, Dutch say
September 15, 2014 -- Routine breast cancer screening should not be performed on a large scale in women older than age 70 until more data are available, according to Dutch researchers who conducted a trial of more than 38,000 women. The prospective study, published online on 15 September, has attracted an angry response from some experts.