No fairy godmothers: Radiologists must raise visibility
March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Radiologists have long been behind-the-scenes physicians, reading exams in darkened basements. But this paradigm isn't viable anymore in an age of increasingly competitive healthcare delivery, and radiologists must be proactive about boosting their visibility, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2017.
ECR 2017 stands tall as showcase for product launches
March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - The European Congress of Radiology in recent years has come into its own as a showcase for new launches of medical imaging products. ECR 2017 was no exception, with a variety of new scanner debuts in MRI, CT, and other modalities.
Low-osmolar contrast tied to hypotension
March 2, 2017 -- VIENNA - Patients receiving low-osmolar (but not iso-osmolar) contrast agents under anesthesia are prone to systemic, self-limited periods of hypotension, researchers reported on Wednesday at ECR 2017.
Philips launches new Azurion interventional platform
February 22, 2017 -- In what the company is calling its most significant new product launch in years, Philips Healthcare on Wednesday debuted Azurion, a new platform for image-guided therapy. The platform includes hardware and software improvements designed to enable clinicians to more efficiently perform complex interventional procedures.
Machine-learning analysis of heart motion predicts survival
February 8, 2017 -- A machine-learning survival model based on 3D cardiac motion predicts outcomes beyond conventional risk factors in patients with pulmonary hypertension, according to a new study from the U.K. and Singapore. Semiautomated analysis of the cine MR images could potentially be used to guide patient management.
Dual-energy CT can replace MRI in myocardial sarcoidosis
January 16, 2017 -- Dual-energy cardiac CT can readily distinguish cardiac sarcoidosis from other kinds of cardiac hypertrophy, eliminating the need for cardiac MRI, according to researchers from southeastern Paris.
Personal experiences in MRI: A cardiologist's perspective
January 16, 2017 -- Dr. Sven Piepenburg is training to become a cardiologist at Würzburg University Hospital in Germany. He conducts about 800 MRI examinations on a 3-tesla scanner, mostly on patients with suspected myocardial infarction or inflammation. In this column, he writes about his experiences.
Accelerated MRI can bring benefits in daily routine
January 9, 2017 -- Accelerated MRI techniques are readily available today and offer clear advantages in terms of time, resolution, diagnostic accuracy, and patient compliance, according to researchers from Bern in Switzerland.
Swiss identify pros and cons of 3D printing
January 4, 2017 -- Three-dimensional printing represents a valuable addition to the radiological report, and along with virtual reality, it will play an increasing role in conveying information to referrers, Swiss experts believe.
Machine learning improves FFR-CT for coronary ischemia
January 3, 2017 -- In results that could potentially shake up the heart imaging status quo, a machine learning algorithm slightly outperformed a more traditional algorithm in analyzing fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) studies for detecting signs of ischemic coronary lesions, according to a presentation at the recent RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.