Interventional radiology from head to toe
July 27, 2016 -- Interventional radiologists are like strikers in a football match: Both depend on other players passing the ball to them, says Dr. Christian Stroszczynski, the new head of the German Society for Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy. In this interview, he reveals his aims during his term in office.
MR alternative: CT shows value in cardiomyopathy
July 25, 2016 -- CT now has an important role in most kinds of cardiomyopathies, owing to its strength in morphological assessment and its ability to visualize calcium and coronary artery disease, according to a presentation at the International Symposium on Computed Tomography.
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.
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.
Lancet study maps 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea
July 8, 2016 -- A single patient transmitted the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to nearly half of those infected with the virus during the 2015 outbreak in South Korea, according to a study published online on July 8 in Lancet.
Photon-counting breast CT measures up
July 7, 2016 -- Breast CT with a prototype photon-counting scanner offers higher resolution than what's been reported for other types of breast imaging technologies, according to a new specimen imaging study by Willi Kalender, PhD. Another advantage of photon-counting CT is its efficient use of radiation.
Dublin team assesses cost aspects of staff shortages
July 1, 2016 -- Undercapacity in radiology departments is leading to substantial costs for hospitals because imaging delays significantly prolong in-patient length of stay, but the problem can be solved by hiring more staff to run existing equipment for longer, according to researchers from a leading Irish facility.
Support grows for more rigorous training on dose
June 28, 2016 -- Fresh evidence of the lack of awareness of radiation protection among medical staff in the Middle East has come from a large new study performed in Saudi Arabia. The research has led to renewed calls for more formal training schemes in the region.
Kalender: New CT detectors promise sharper images
June 22, 2016 -- Why has so little happened with CT detector technology in recent years? The short answer is the next big leap forward is a giant one. But exciting new technologies are definitely making their way to commercial systems, according to a keynote lecture given this week on behalf of Willi Kalender, PhD, from Erlangen, Germany.
UKRC: Quality system minimizes PACS errors
June 15, 2016 -- Errors in imaging studies sent to PACS represent a high clinical risk, and an efficient, effective, and safe system needs to be in place to initiate action, delegates heard at last week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).