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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.
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.
ICR: Survey reveals major knowledge gaps on radiation dose
September 15, 2014 -- DUBAI - The lack of knowledge among medical staff about radiation dose -- specifically for CT scans -- remains a serious concern, and patients still receive very little information about the pros and cons of scans, according to a survey presented at the International Congress of Radiology (ICR).
New studies of Egypt's mummies rest on government go-ahead
September 12, 2014 -- DUBAI - Imaging investigations of ancient Egypt's royal mummies may start again in the near future, but this depends on getting the all-important green light from the country's senior politicians, according to the head of the medical team that has conducted previous examinations.
Support gathers for FDG-PET/CT in spondylodiscitis cases
September 4, 2014 -- Because of its high specificity and ability to differentiate between infection of the spine and other maladies, FDG-PET/CT should be the first option in suspected cases of spondylodiscitis, according to a Spanish study published online on 4 September.
Germans look into the future of abdominal imaging
September 4, 2014 -- Wouldn't it be great to know what lies ahead in gastrointestinal/abdominal imaging? Dr. Andreas G. Schreyer, head of the Working Group for Gastrointestinal/Abdominal Diagnostics of the German Radiological Society, aims to do just that by launching an online survey focusing on CT and MRI protocols.
ESC: Imaging of ischemia divides opinion
September 3, 2014 -- Is cardiovascular MR better than SPECT for imaging of ischemia? That was the burning question in a debate at this week's annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Barcelona, Spain, but the answer still eludes experts, it seems.
U.K. issues new guidance on interventional radiology
September 2, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published revised recommendations for nursing care in interventional radiology. The 18-page practical guide is designed to help radiologists set appropriate levels of nursing support, and it can be downloaded free of charge from the RCR's website.
Autosegmentation of head and neck CT aids treatment planning
August 25, 2014 -- Dutch researchers looked into automated segmentation of head and neck CT for treatment planning, and found it fast and accurate enough for daily clinical use -- dozens of times faster, in fact, than the manual technique it aims to replace.
Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
Conebeam CT pinpoints tricky scaphoid fractures
August 20, 2014 -- Conebeam CT is a highly effective, low-dose technique for detecting scaphoid fractures, and can demonstrate concomitant fractures that are notoriously difficult to see on radiographs, according to a prize-winning Belgian study presented at Europe's leading musculoskeletal congress.
U.K. group issues report on CT radiation dose
August 18, 2014 -- A U.K. government group has issued a report on CT radiation dose that documents the population's rising exposure to medical radiation, and makes recommendations for reducing the cancer risk from that exposure.
Interventional radiologists need to follow shielding protocols
August 15, 2014 -- Patients must be protected from unnecessary radiation exposure, but what about radiologists who perform interventional exams, particularly CT-guided procedures? German researchers found that radiologists have a low risk of overexposure -- if appropriate precautions are taken.
EJR: Everything you need to know about CT dose
August 12, 2014 -- All healthcare staff have a responsibility to avoid unnecessarily high radiation dose, but the key players remain diagnostic radiologists who can and should integrate the necessary information and decide upon scan protocols, according to an article published by European Journal of Radiology.
Lung CAD scheme aces preliminary test
August 11, 2014 -- A newly revamped lung computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm has shown outstanding accuracy in a study of lung lesions from a database and generated few false positives, according to a study published online on 24 July by European Radiology.
CT proves value for pulmonary embolism in pregnancy
August 7, 2014 -- A relatively large U.K. study has provided fresh evidence that CT pulmonary angiograms result in positive outcomes when diagnosing pulmonary embolism in pregnant women, for whom the incidence of venous thromboembolism is four times greater than in the nonpregnant population.