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New-generation dual-source CT heart scans prove fast and sharp
July 22, 2014 -- Operating the new third-generation dual-source CT scanner 24/7 has revealed a rapid system with robust imaging capabilities and an array of new features to perform heart scans at low doses, according to researchers from a leading German facility.
'Tiered' CT approach shows promise in coronary disease
July 22, 2014 -- In patients with stable angina and suspected coronary disease, a "tiered" approach to CT imaging finds -- so far at least -- that calcium scoring is all many patients need. That's right, for most patients there's simply no need to start with the big imaging guns, researchers in Rotterdam report.
4D peripheral CT often beats dynamic MRI
July 21, 2014 -- Pinpointing flow problems in the peripheral arteries is a task that is typically handed over to dynamic MR angiography. But often, bone-subtracted 4D CT angiography can do a better job, according to German researchers.
Rotterdam group helps gauge coronary disease severity
July 14, 2014 -- At the same time that a validated fractional flow reserve CT angiography application seems to be nearing U.S. Food and Drug administration approval, a new contender for gauging the severity of coronary disease at CT is pushing its way into the ring. Furthermore, it promises to be a simpler solution, according to a team of Dutch researchers.
Medical detective work: Identifying the unidentified
July 10, 2014 -- Nothing happens without interdisciplinary cooperation at Marburg University Clinic's new Unidentified Diseases Centre in Germany. Dr. Annika Keulers explains about the fascinating work going on in the facility.
Why teleradiology companies must strive for quality
July 9, 2014 -- Outsourcing some reporting and out-of-hours work in overstretched and underresourced departments can be of great benefit, both in terms of accuracy and timeliness of reports, provided safeguards are built in and a rigorous approach to quality control is implemented, writes the responsible officer of a teleradiology company.
World Cup controversy over Neymar CT scan goes viral
July 8, 2014 -- World Cup fever is taking grip among the normally calm and balanced medical imaging community, it seems. A number of imaging specialists are disputing whether a CT scan posted on the Internet of injured Brazilian football star Neymar Junior is authentic, casting doubt on the nature of his injuries.
CT confirms Motörhead as top hard-core rock 'n' roll act
July 3, 2014 -- Anybody who thinks headbanging is an entirely safe activity that poses no health risk should read a new report from Germany. It features what is thought to be the first reported case of a patient who developed a chronic subdural hematoma after a heavy metal concert.
RIS-integrated software can optimize radiation dose
July 1, 2014 -- A software application can be used to extract patient radiation dose information directly from imaging modalities and store the data in a RIS, aiding in analyses and potentially contributing to individualized patient care, researchers from Italy have found.
Nodule size matters in Italian CT lung cancer screening study
June 30, 2014 -- Italian researchers believe they have struck a good balance in CT lung cancer screening by following up suspicious nodules at a slightly larger size threshold. By only following up nodules 5 mm and larger rather than 4 mm, they achieved good sensitivity with fewer false positives.
Web-based liver imaging atlas scoops top award at ESGAR
June 25, 2014 -- An e-learning tool run by radiologists in Switzerland and the U.S. received the only Magna Cum Laude at last week's European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) congress. The Liver Imaging Atlas now has 22,000 users, and 26% of user traffic comes from Europe.
Norway acts to improve workflow and cut dose
June 25, 2014 -- A pioneering 50,000 euro project that began in the scenic west of Norway in April aims to organize imaging protocols so that examinations can be exchanged efficiently between hospital groups. The scheme is seen as a necessary step to optimize workflow and protect patients from excess radiation exposure.
ESGAR: Imaging sheds light on tumor response in liver
June 24, 2014 -- Evaluation of treated hepatic lesions is challenging, so it's vital to adapt the imaging strategy and evaluation criteria according to the treatment used and underlying tumor, noted award-winning French researchers at last week's European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) meeting.
Saudi study finds evidence of inappropriate CT referrals
June 19, 2014 -- A new study of CT referrals in a large academic hospital in Saudi Arabia has underlined the need to increase collaboration between clinicians and radiologists in order to follow appropriateness guidelines, attain radiation dose reduction strategies, and avoid misuse of the modality.
Be creative on tech assessment, DRG president urges
June 16, 2014 -- A critical challenge is how to assess the influence of every imaging procedure with accuracy and rigor. Dr. Norbert Hosten, president of the German Radiological Society (DRG), thinks there's a big opportunity to exploit the potential of new scientific participation in fresh and original ways.
Congenital heart defects concern every radiologist
June 6, 2014 -- Important changes in the epidemiology of congenital heart defects are taking place, which mean these defects no longer concern only pediatric radiologists and pediatric cardiologists because an increasing number of cases occur within the adult population, according to new analysis from Austrian experts.