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MRI finds loss of brain volume in older, apathetic adults
April 18, 2014 -- MRI scans have revealed that older adults with bouts of apathy may have smaller volumes of gray and white matter in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, and internal communication, according to a researchers from the Netherlands, the U.S., and Iceland in a study published online on 16 April.
Dutch place 1st MR-guided radiation therapy unit
April 14, 2014 -- Researchers at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, have begun installation of what is thought to be the world's first high-field MRI-guided radiation therapy system. The clinical realization of this technology may represent the ultimate breakthrough in real-time image guidance.
Think deeply to cut out mistakes, urge Dutch prizewinners
April 9, 2014 -- Beware the dangers of intuitive thinking. That's the central message of new award-winning research from the Netherlands about cognitive errors, which includes 20 practical tips on how to avoid typical mistakes.
3T MRI gauges functional significance of coronary stenosis
April 8, 2014 -- Thanks to 3-tesla MRI, radiologists can now measure coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR), noninvasively showing the significance of CT-detected stenosis in all three major arteries, researchers from Japan reported at last month's ECR 2014 in Vienna.
U.K. issues new guidance on cancer imaging
April 1, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published updated recommendations for cross-sectional imaging in cancer management. They can be downloaded free of charge from the RCR's website.
Pearls from Paul Parizel on how to present successfully
March 26, 2014 -- Transforming a lecture from purely the provision of scientific information to a memorable and entertaining learning experience is a challenge for every speaker, but the trick is to find the angle and use that angle to build a bridge to the audience, said ECR 2014 honorary lecturer Dr. Paul Parizel, PhD.
CAD offers helping hand in prostate MRI
March 17, 2014 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) software can make it easier for radiologists to interpret complicated prostate MRI studies using multiple pulse sequences, Italian researchers reported at ECR 2014 in Vienna.
MR-guided focused US: A therapy revolution?
March 14, 2014 -- MR-guided focused ultrasound has the potential to become one of the most exciting and revolutionary treatment technologies of the 21st century, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 scientific session. They highlighted the technique's capability to improve treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.
Specificity provides mixed opportunities for MRI
March 13, 2014 -- In recent years, development of application-focused MRI technology has appeared to slow. Improvements on scan speed, workflow, and operating cost have broadened the availability of MRI during austere times. But few of these developments have offered new insight for clinical diagnosis -- but that might changing. Could MRI finally be on a path toward greater clinical specificity?
Population-based whole-body MRI finds serious disease
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Whole-body MRI screening is safe and accurate for detecting serious pathology in the asymptomatic general population -- especially in patients older than 50, according to a study presented on Sunday at ECR 2014. A few findings were more prevalent than expected in individuals younger than 50.
Radiology trainees get to grips with emergencies
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Emergency radiology (ER) in the night shift can be a tricky setting for radiologists of all ages and experience, but it is particularly difficult for beginners in the specialty. Speakers at the Radiology Trainees Forum on Sunday shared some advice on emergency imaging with attendees at ECR 2014.
Parizel takes ECR delegates on cerebral journey of discovery and hope
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Emerging functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and diffusion kurtosis imaging can provide a better understanding of the microstructure and function of the brain, and help to elucidate some of the mechanisms involved in neuroplasticity, explained Dr. Paul Parizel in the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Honorary Lecture at ECR 2014.
Diagnosing chronic back pain: More than just looking at images
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Chronic low back pain is the most common cause of disability between the ages of 45 and 65, which means that it is something radiologists will have to deal with during their careers. When they do, they should be able to read films properly, according to presenters of a Refresher Course at ECR 2014.
Serbia 'comes home' as its contribution gets official recognition
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Serbian radiologists have warmly welcomed the chance for greater visibility at the ECR and in European radiology at large -- visibility which until recently has been lacking, despite the country's scientific contribution to the discipline. Saturday's "ESR meets Serbia" session brought Serbian radiology into sharper focus.