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It's time to ditch your old gear, ESR says
September 22, 2014 -- Every healthcare facility or authority should have a plan for upgrading or renewing imaging equipment, and the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually, according to a statement issued on 18 September by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Patients report only minor issues during 7T MRI exams
September 22, 2014 -- It may be a while before 7-tesla MRI is commonly used in imaging facilities around the world, but if and when the ultrahigh-field magnets become standard protocol, patients are expected to handle examinations with relative ease, Italian researchers have found.
MRI aids differentiation of traumatic cerebral fat embolism
September 18, 2014 -- An Egyptian-led team of MRI researchers reported at last week's International Congress of Radiology that cerebral fat embolism (CFE) can be differentiated from diffuse axonal injury because CFE has a higher incidence of increased T2-FLAIR and diffusion-weighted imaging lesions.
Silicon photomultipliers ideal for PET/MRI
September 11, 2014 -- The introduction of combined PET/MRI scanners was enabled by the replacement of photomultipliers with solid-state PET detectors, such as avalanche photodiodes, which can operate inside the MRI environment.
PET/MRI shows noninvasive imaging power in MI
September 9, 2014 -- PET and MRI each bring advantages for imaging myocardial infarction (MI) and gauging myocardial viability. So it makes sense to do them both in a single exam, concludes a study of 25 MI patients presented last week at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Germans look into the future of abdominal imaging
September 4, 2014 -- Wouldn't it be great to know what lies ahead in gastrointestinal/abdominal imaging? Dr. Andreas G. Schreyer, head of the Working Group for Gastrointestinal/Abdominal Diagnostics of the German Radiological Society, aims to do just that by launching an online survey focusing on CT and MRI protocols.
ESC: Imaging of ischemia divides opinion
September 3, 2014 -- Is cardiovascular MR better than SPECT for imaging of ischemia? That was the burning question in a debate at this week's annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Barcelona, Spain, but the answer still eludes experts, it seems.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
DTI-MRI shows how Wii can improve balance in MS patients
September 1, 2014 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI), Italian researchers detected brain changes related to improved balance and movement in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who regularly trained on a Nintendo Wii balance board for 12 weeks. Results were published online in Radiology.
MRI makes swift progress in research arena
August 29, 2014 -- Preclinical imaging is an increasingly vital research tool for observing organ, tissue, cell, or even molecular changes, and is often used while animals respond to physiological or environmental stimuli. Recent advances have escalated the quality and extent of preclinical research.
Shorter scan protocol could make breast MRI screening a reality
August 26, 2014 -- Breast MRI pioneer Dr. Christiane Kuhl has demonstrated that an abbreviated scanning protocol of just three minutes could make breast MRI a reality for population-based screening. The protocol worked well in a research study of more than 400 women that was published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
Pilot study shows PET/MRI's benefits for large-vessel vasculitis
August 13, 2014 -- Evidence supporting the clinical value of PET/MRI continues to mount, as a small study from Germany has found that the hybrid modality is effective for evaluating patients with large-vessel vasculitis.
ICR 2014 organizers use new tactics to lure 5K delegates
August 6, 2014 -- For the first time in its almost 90-year history, the International Congress of Radiology (ICR) will benefit from a fully integrated scientific program with global participation in every session, according to the event organizers. An estimated 5,000 delegates are expected at ICR 2014, to be held in Dubai in September.
Dutch use registration scheme to tackle 'missing structures'
August 1, 2014 -- Adding a geometrical penalty term to a nonrigid registration algorithm allows registration of structurally dissimilar medical images, according to new research from Utrecht in the Netherlands.
New workflow for knee MRI can boost efficiency
July 31, 2014 -- Prize-winning researchers from Pamplona, Spain, have devised a practical system for reading knee MRI scans that can help to improve efficiency, both in terms of speed and accuracy of detection of knee pathology. It may prove particularly beneficial for newcomers to the field.

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