Parizel provides window into radiology's future
October 21, 2016 -- Radiology will evolve from the production of "beautiful pictures" toward sets of quantitative data, and communication with general practitioners will move away from descriptive reports and toward a standardized approach, said European Society of Radiology President Dr. Paul Parizel, PhD.
PET/CT network expands in Russia
October 10, 2016 -- A new PET/CT network in Russia promises to make the technology more accessible, but stern challenges remain in a country that up to seven years ago only had 10 PET/CT scanners across a few major cities, said PET-Technology board member Diana Kobesova.
How do we measure molecular imaging's cost-effectiveness?
October 3, 2016 -- Assessing the cost-effectiveness of molecular imaging is more about economics than medicine, according to David W. Lee, PhD, of GE Healthcare. The real benefits for society depend on the cost of the technology and the value people place on their health, he said at last week's symposium in Brussels.
Maniawski: We must sell molecular imaging better
September 30, 2016 -- Molecular imaging can drive personalized medicine and revolutionize healthcare, but unless the nuclear medicine sector improves its communications and outreach, it could be years before we see the benefits, Piotr Maniawski of Philips Healthcare told a symposium in Brussels on Wednesday.
Imaging biomarkers have central role in precision medicine
September 28, 2016 -- Imaging biomarkers can have an impact in clinical practice only if the information they provide answers the clinical problem. Biomarker results must be displayed in an intuitive way, and postprocessing platforms should be implemented, write Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí, PhD, and Dr. Angel Alberich.
UAE steps up campaign on dose awareness
September 22, 2016 -- Moves to limit medical radiation exposure are intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety issues and education now are high on the agenda of healthcare professionals. Every effort must be made to reduce exposure and boost risk awareness, according to key participants at next month's summit in the region.
PET/MRI offers 'powerful' option for unknown primary cancer
September 20, 2016 -- PET/MRI is just as proficient as PET/CT in detecting primary cancer and metastases from an unknown primary tumor, making PET/MRI a "powerful alternative" with significantly less exposure of patients to ionizing radiation, according to a German study in the European Journal of Radiology.
CMR, scintigraphy do more to prevent unnecessary angiography
September 19, 2016 -- When physicians craft treatment plans for patients with suspected angina based on cardiovascular MRI (CMR) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging results, the chance of unnecessary angiographies is much less than if care is based on tried-and-tested guidelines, according to U.K. researchers.
CCTA plus SPECT offer solid long-term prognosis
September 8, 2016 -- Patients with positive findings on both coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are at high risk of cardiac events, while negative results on both exams confer an excellent long-term prognosis, according to researchers from Switzerland.
Why we need to move away from taking pictures
September 6, 2016 -- "A picture is worth a thousand words." While that's true for everyday snapshots depicting a friend's smile or landscapes, simple picture taking is no option for medicine. Guest columnists from Austria explain why medical diagnosis cannot rest on a single picture.