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Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
CT scanners show better agreement on risk than on CAC scores
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - State-of-the-art CT scanners produce widely divergent coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, but at least they substantially agree on the risk levels of individuals undergoing the scans, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014. However, even the risk agreement isn't strong enough.
European lung screening: Proceed with caution
March 8, 2014 -- VIENNA - Europe might not be ready to start screening all high-risk individuals for lung cancer, according to Friday talks at ECR 2014 that addressed the question from both the U.S. and European perspectives.
Video from ECR 2014: ESR president on EuroSafe Imaging
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - The official launch of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) EuroSafe Imaging campaign took place on the opening day of ECR 2014. But why did the ESR choose now for the launch? And why is the campaign necessary? ESR President Dr. Guy Frija reveals all to AuntMinnieEurope.com Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward.
ESR's EuroSafe Imaging campaign promotes radiation protection
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - The mission of EuroSafe Imaging is to support and strengthen medical radiation protection across Europe. Europe is unique and has the potential for coordinated radiation safety actions in medical imaging, according to Madan Rehani, PhD, director of radiation protection for the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Siemens launches Somatom Scope CT scanner at ECR 2014
March 6, 2014 -- At this week's ECR in Vienna, German multimodality vendor Siemens Healthcare is launching a new 16-slice economy-level CT scanner, called Somatom Scope, that's designed to minimize operating costs.
Reporting by radiographers works, but needs close scrutiny
February 25, 2014 -- In the future, it will be essential to investigate the accuracy of chest reporting by radiographers more extensively, particularly throughout implementation into clinical practice and in comparison with senior radiologists, according to U.K. researchers who have just reported positive findings.
Lower tube voltage reduces dose in stress CT perfusion MPI
February 25, 2014 -- Low-dose stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging of the heart is feasible at a tube current of 80 kV, producing image quality equivalent to 100 kV in a group of nonobese patients with a lower radiation dose, reported a team from Japan in European Radiology.
MRI tackles low-dose CT on lung cancer screening
February 24, 2014 -- CT screening of high-risk individuals for lung cancer can identify malignant nodules sooner, but every CT scan performed, even at a low dose, confers a small risk of causing cancer as a result of cumulative radiation dose exposure. German researchers think MRI provides a viable alternative.
BJR: Cumulative dose shouldn't influence decisions on CT
February 21, 2014 -- Using cumulative dose estimates to influence whether a patient should get a CT scan is "tantamount to introducing dose limits for patients" and "unnecessarily restricts access" to radiation-based diagnostic exams, according to an editorial in the British Journal of Radiology.
FDG-PET/MRI shows advantages with malignant bone lesions
February 20, 2014 -- Compared with PET/CT, FDG-PET/MRI with a fully integrated whole-body scanner is "technically and clinically robust" in its evaluation of bone lesions, despite differences in attenuation correction between the two hybrid modalities, according to a German study in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
High-resolution CT makes progress in pulmonary fibrosis
February 19, 2014 -- Patients with suspected idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis who do not have typical patterns on high-resolution CT may in the future be spared the risks of lung biopsy and be given a confident diagnosis based on clinical and radiological findings alone, according to new research published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Pediatric radiology faces mounting challenges in Germany
February 17, 2014 -- The number of practicing pediatric radiologists in Germany is declining all the time and the situation is now acute, according to Dr. Gabriele Hahn from Dresden University Clinic. In this interview, she explains how this crisis has arisen and what makes a good pediatric radiologist.
Swiss use feedback system to improve report turnaround times
February 11, 2014 -- Knowing that your performance is being monitored and compared with your peers can be a powerful motivator. Swiss researchers have recently garnered significant improvements after implementing a system that shows radiology residents and staff radiologists how their report turnaround time ranks among their colleagues.
For reliable radiation dose data, RIS/PACS works best
February 11, 2014 -- Actual patient radiation dose data extracted from RIS/PACS databases are far more reliable than commonly used self-reported patient dose surveys that are based on average-sized patients and typical scanner parameters, researchers from Western Australia have found.
Scanning from Sochi: Winter Olympics medical teams are ready
February 7, 2014 -- To mark the opening of the Winter Olympics, AuntMinnieEurope.com spoke with two Russian members of the polyclinic medical team, a radiographer and a specialist in sports medicine. They report that medical professionals in Sochi have geared up and are ready to ensure the operation runs smoothly and effectively.