FDG-PET/CT scoring system aids in cervical cancer prognosis
March 23, 2017 -- With the help of an established five-point scoring system to assess metabolic response to chemoradiotherapy on FDG-PET/CT scans, U.K. researchers can more appropriately treat and better predict outcomes for patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma.
Simulations unveil potential of EXPLORER PET
March 23, 2017 -- A total-body PET scanner under development is showing promise. It can provide superior image quality at low radiation dose and offers 30 to 40 times better sensitivity than current scanners, according to the multi-institutional EXPLORER consortium.
FDG-PET/CT can direct biopsies for pediatric cancer
March 9, 2017 -- FDG-PET/CT can play a valuable role in directing image-guided biopsies of pediatric cancer patients, given its ability to detect and discern between malignant and benign regions, according to a study by a group from Saudi Arabia and Canada published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
8 ways radiology can win turf battles
March 8, 2017 -- Turf battles in medicine are nothing new, and radiology is not alone in the struggle to protect territory. But how can radiology minimize conflict in a proactive rather than reactive manner? Dr. Christian Loewe from the Medical University of Vienna provides some solutions.
ECR 2018 aims to promote unity and show diversity
March 6, 2017 -- "Diverse and United" is the motto for ECR 2018, which runs from 28 February to 4 March. Dr. Bernd Hamm, from Berlin, is returning as congress president, after presiding over ECR 2015. In this interview, he speaks about his ideas and plans for next year's meeting.
Under stress: Radiologists embrace novel ways to tackle burnout
March 4, 2017 -- Increasing workloads are among the factors leading to a rise in burnout among radiologists. They are tackling more cases, interpreting more images, and under increased pressure not to make mistakes, notes Dr. Myriam Hunink, PhD, from the Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. But there are many practical things radiologists can do to avoid burnout, according to experts.
How can radiology departments ensure patient safety?
March 1, 2017 -- VIENNA - Radiology departments have a moral, professional, and legal responsibility to protect the safety of patients receiving imaging studies with ionizing radiation. It takes teamwork, however, to meet that critical mandate, according to a talk at ECR 2017.
PET/CT well-suited to follow up organ transplants
February 17, 2017 -- With high sensitivity and negative predictive value, FDG-PET/CT is very accurate in diagnosing suspected malignancies or infection in patients after a solid-organ transplant, according to a study in the March issue of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Molecular radiotherapy: A personalized approach
February 13, 2017 -- Molecular radiotherapy uses radiopharmaceuticals to deliver radiation directly to malignant cells and minimize damage to healthy tissue. It can treat a variety of cancers, but accurate dosimetry is required to enable personalized treatment.
Italians use in-beam PET to monitor proton range
February 2, 2017 -- An Italian research group has developed a new technique involving PET that enables accurate range monitoring during proton therapy. Clinical validation of the prototype began in December, with the team evaluating the treatment of a patient with cancer of the lacrimal glands.