First Australian MRI-linac proves feasible
October 24, 2016 -- Real-time image guidance of radiotherapy using MRI promises dramatically improved tumor targeting and an increase in the number of treatable disease sites. An MR-guided cobalt-60 unit is already in clinical use and three groups are developing integrated MRI-linac systems.
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.
JFR: 29 points to safeguard radiology's future
October 19, 2016 -- Radiology's in vital need of reform. That's a key conclusion of the latest publication from France's influential Professional Council of Radiology, which was unveiled at the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR) congress and contains 29 proposals to ensure the profession's bright future.
Gadolinium chelates for MRI: Where are we now?
October 18, 2016 -- The safety of MRI contrast agents came under close scrutiny at the Journées Francophones de Radiologie congress. Dr. Olivier Clément, PhD, from Paris and Dr. Pierre-Henri Lefevre from Nîmes provided timely summaries of the current and future status of these products and asked what the literature tells us.
JFR: Paris attacks show organization makes a difference
October 14, 2016 -- The solidarity shown by health service staff and volunteers meant that victims of the multisite terrorist attacks in Paris last November could be treated very quickly, which was vital, according to a Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR) press conference.
Don't overlook MRI in fetal brain abnormalities
October 13, 2016 -- Use in utero MRI in conjunction with prenatal ultrasound scans when diagnosing fetal brain abnormalities -- that's the message from U.K. researchers, who found in utero MRI makes a "significant contribution" to the diagnosis by increasing accuracy when compared with ultrasound alone.
Euro-Asian team probes best therapy for liver cancer
October 12, 2016 -- Publication of the results from joint French-Singaporean research based on hepatocellular carcinoma therapy trials involving 800 patients promises to add fresh impetus to the debate over the optimal treatment for advanced nonresectable liver cancer. Dr. Valérie Vilgrain, PhD, is the principal investigator of the French study.
Abstinence before prostate MRI offers benefits in over 60s
October 5, 2016 -- Abstinence from ejaculation prior to a prostate MR examination significantly increases the volume of seminal vesicles (SVs), and thereby may well improve evaluation of SV invasion on multiparametric MRI, especially in older men, according to new research from Turkey and the U.S.
Pushing the field strength boundaries in MRI
October 4, 2016 -- Pushing the magnetic field boundaries of MRI is not a spectator sport but a steam engine for innovation, and the high-field enthusiasts are blessed with the speed gain, sensitivity advantage, and breadth of MR applications empowered by breaking new ground, according to a new guest column.
Rat study finds no brain abnormalities from GBCAs
October 4, 2016 -- An evaluation of two linear gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) showed no signs of abnormalities in the brains of rats despite the presence of gadolinium. What's more, researchers found that gadolinium levels had decreased markedly 20 weeks after GBCA injection, according to results published online September 27 in Radiology.