Famous Dutch researcher makes switch to U.K.
March 20, 2015 -- This month the well-known researcher and medical physicist, Marcel van Herk, PhD, is moving from the Netherlands Cancer Institute to the Christie Hospital in the U.K. He reflects on the relocation, as well as the host of changes he has witnessed in the world of imaging.
Top 5 trends from ECR 2015 in Vienna
March 18, 2015 -- As the dust begins to settle on ECR 2015, now is a great time to reflect on the meeting and identify its major trends. Central themes at the congress included the unification of European radiology, teleradiology and outsourcing, radiation dose monitoring, digital breast tomosynthesis, and hybrid imaging.
MR images improve PET quantification
February 27, 2015 -- MRI-guided filtering and partial volume correction of brain PET scans can enhance image quality -- particularly signal-to-noise ratio and spatial resolution -- and structure delineation, according to new research.
French report breakthrough in medical isotopes
February 19, 2015 -- Medical physicists from Nantes, France, have generated a series of medical isotopes from the irradiation of thorium-232. One of the products decays into a promising isotope for alpha radionuclide therapy, while another product is a sought-after isotope used in diagnostics.
Adrian Dixon: Team spirit's the key to success
February 17, 2015 -- LONDON - Building and maintaining team spirit must be an urgent priority for the global imaging community, said Dr. Adrian Dixon in a special lecture to mark the 40th anniversary of the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists.
Nuclear medicine physicians must change to survive
February 16, 2015 -- While nuclear medicine is not in imminent danger of extinction, it may need to reinvent itself for the future, according to the president of the British Nuclear Medicine Society. In particular, nuclear medicine physicians need to shed their self-image as purely imaging-based physicians to become more involved in clinical areas.
New tracer could help HNSCC patients avoid surgery
February 12, 2015 -- With the help of a novel radiotracer, researchers were able to accurately identify sentinel lymph nodes in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), potentially reducing the number of patients who need to undergo selective neck dissection.
Proton therapy: Coming soon to the U.K.
February 6, 2015 -- Against the stunning backdrop of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, delegates at last week's U.K. College of Radiographers' Annual Radiotherapy Conference heard about the latest plans for the implementation of proton therapy.
Breaking the resolution limits of SPECT
January 30, 2015 -- Molecular imaging is essential for research of human disease because it enables noninvasive visualization of minute structures at the sub-organ and/or sub-tumor level. Its use has been constrained, however, by the challenge of producing images with high enough spatial resolution, until now.
PET/CT outperforms endoscopic ultrasound for esophageal cancer
January 26, 2015 -- Researchers from Nottingham, U.K., have found that PET/CT may be better than endoscopic ultrasound for accurately estimating tumor length in cases of esophageal cancer. PET/CT's enhanced performance in turn might lead to better planning of radiotherapy and resection.