Germans shed light on image transfers in trauma cases
October 29, 2014 -- Researchers from Muenster, Germany, have shown that a centralized DICOM exchange system is feasible, but they also found software must be operated intuitively and should not be restricted to a closed circle of users. Also, temporary accounts are vital to boost user acceptance.
Make peer feedback part of your PACS, urges RCR
October 29, 2014 -- All radiology information systems should have a package that allows peer feedback on reports in a timely fashion, and new RIS/PACS must include an integrated quality assurance module or provide a facility for electronic integration to a bespoke system, says the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
British Museum shows how CT enlivens the ancient dead
October 24, 2014 -- Eight mummies and interactive CT images are part of a special exhibition, "Ancient lives, new discoveries," which runs at the British Museum in London until the end of November. Dr. Daniel Antoine and one of two curators of the exhibition gave AuntMinnieEurope.com a guided tour.
JFR: Will virtual autopsy replace traditional autopsy?
October 22, 2014 -- Multidisciplinary teams of forensic medical examiners, radiologists, members of the police, and others can help realize the huge potential of virtual autopsies, delegates learned at the French national radiology congress, the JFR.
JFR: At the heart of emergency care
October 21, 2014 -- Emergency medicine was a central theme during the French national radiology congress, the JFR, which ended on Monday. The cover story in the final edition of the daily newspaper focused on cardiac imaging and was written by Dr. Olivier Vignaux from Paris.
FDG-PET/CT has mixed results in lung cancer screening
October 21, 2014 -- Lung cancer researchers from Italy have found that FDG-PET/CT is "highly sensitive" in the diagnosis of indeterminate nodules, as well as nodules larger than 15 mm and solid nodules, but less effective with other smaller, subsolid nodules.
CCTA, not calcium score, predicts events in asymptomatic patients
October 16, 2014 -- Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) significantly outperformed coronary calcium scoring for predicting cardiac events in asymptomatic individuals, concludes an Austrian study presented at the recent European Society of Cardiology meeting in Barcelona, Spain.
Consent problems hold back fetal autopsies
October 15, 2014 -- Global researchers who are eager to gain experience in fetal autopsies using CT and MRI are facing immense frustration due to ongoing difficulties over obtaining consent, and one investigator reports being "hamstrung" by the procedures and bureaucracy of ethics committees.
Dual-energy CT develops greater role in brachytherapy
October 10, 2014 -- A group of Canadian and Dutch researchers has developed a brachytherapy dosimetry method that accounts for dose heterogeneity. They have used dual-energy CT to extract these parameters, and the treatment is proving valuable in early stage prostate or breast cancer.
3D CT reveals brain damage in Paleolithic youth
October 6, 2014 -- Detailed high-resolution 3D 256-detector-row CT images have opened a fascinating window onto the life of a teenager who lived in what is now northern Israel and who suffered severe head trauma 100,000 years ago, according to a French anthropologist.