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Simultaneous PET/MRI most accurate for image alignment
May 20, 2013 -- In a comparison of hybrid imaging modalities, simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI is more accurate than retrospectively fused PET and MR images in abdominal organs and better than PET/CT in the urinary bladder, according to a German study published online on 8 May in Radiology.
Mathias Langer looks ahead to DRK 2013 in Hamburg
May 15, 2013 -- Dr. Mathias Langer will be presiding over the German Radiological Society's annual meeting, the DRK, in Hamburg at the end of this month. In this interview, he sets out details of what visitors to the congress can expect, and explains the many special features awaiting delegates.
Adolescent woes: MRI illuminates ACL tears
May 13, 2013 -- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are not isolated events, but only the most obvious sign of a complex knee injury involving multiple structures. Awareness of the broad spectrum of MRI appearances at common sites of associated injury is vital, according to a multinational group of musculoskeletal experts.
Study shows feasibility of cardiac PET/MRI -- with caveats
May 13, 2013 -- Cardiac FDG-PET/MRI is feasible on an integrated whole-body PET/MRI system, but the hybrid modality still must prove it adds clinical relevance to cases of ischemic heart disease, according to a German study published online on 7 May in Radiology.
Postmortem MRI shows sudden cardiac death invisible at autopsy
May 2, 2013 -- In results that add substantial forensic power to identifying the cause of death, postmortem cardiac 3-tesla MRI has been found to identify sudden cardiac death in cases that are invisible at conventional autopsy, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Is France an underdeveloped country when it comes to MRI?
May 1, 2013 -- As the first anniversary of François Hollande's presidency approaches, a new report has highlighted the serious shortages of medical imaging equipment in France and the continued long waiting times for an MRI appointment throughout much of the country.
EJR: MRI measures up in estimating breast cancer tumors
April 25, 2013 -- Using breast MRI to estimate tumor size in high-risk patients is comparable to the modality's performance for sporadic cancers. This means breast MRI can safely be used for treatment planning, Dutch researchers believe.
Clinical lead elaborates on factors behind Olympic glory
April 24, 2013 -- Training, training, training: That's what lay behind the success of trauma care at the 2012 Olympics, the clinical lead for emergency services for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games told a packed audience at last week's International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2013.
MRI points to distinct signature for brains of kids with migraines
April 1, 2013 -- Children with migraine headaches have a characteristic pattern of gray-matter changes that may be useful as a biomarker of the condition, according to Italian investigators who presented their findings at the American Academy of Neurology's 2013 annual meeting.
Free breathing recommended for MRI-guided radiotherapy
March 29, 2013 -- Free breathing by patients can reliably reduce uncertainty in tumor position caused by respiratory motion during MRI-guided radiation therapy procedures on the kidney, according to Dutch researchers.
Innovative dementia study scoops major prize at ECR 2013
March 25, 2013 -- Researchers from Japan have collected a prestigious award for what is thought to be the first-ever study directly comparing postmortem neuromelanin MR imaging and neuropathological findings in elderly patients.
DWI-MRI assists proton beam therapy for ocular melanoma
March 25, 2013 -- The ability of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) to differentiate between ocular melanoma and retinal detachment can help direct the appropriate proton beam therapy for patients, according to a German study presented at this month's ECR 2013.
Spanish collect top ECR award for work on prostate MRI at 3T
March 18, 2013 -- Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is a powerful noninvasive imaging method that can provide useful qualitative and quantitative information about tumor cellularity and tissue structure in prostate cancer, and permits detecting and staging prostate carcinoma, noted a Spanish team in prize-winning research presented at ECR 2013.
Next-generation MRI: Integrated, affordable, accessible?
March 15, 2013 -- MRI has long been the gold standard of imaging technology, highlighting how advanced technology can be used safely to provide accurate, high-quality images for diagnosis across a range of clinical fields and applications. Obstacles will undoubtedly slow or divert the development of MRI equipment, but the modality is set to play a leading role in the future of diagnostic imaging.
Improve MRI safety in Europe, urge medical physicists
March 13, 2013 -- The European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics recommends imaging centers take a two-level approach to improve MRI safety and eliminate accidents. It has found a wide variation in safety procedures in Europe, ranging from restrictive national standards to no MRI safety regulations at all, the organization reports in a policy statement published in the European Journal of Medical Physics.