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Facial transplants: Low-dose methods prove vital to success
December 6, 2013 -- CHICAGO - The complexity and extent of follow-up imaging often required in cases of facial transplantation means the application of all available low-dose imaging techniques must be pursued, according to top award-winning research presented at RSNA 2013.
MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Using a novel cardiac MRI technique, German researchers found significantly increased heart contraction rates in the left ventricle of healthy young adults one hour after they consumed energy drinks, in a study presented on Monday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Allez-y! French charm offensive hits RSNA 2013
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Gallic genius, flair, and innovation came under the spotlight at the RSNA annual meeting on Monday during a celebration of France's many contributions to cancer imaging. Four experts from France spoke during the special session.
Superresolution ultrasound maps the brain
November 29, 2013 -- Researchers have overcome an inability of ultrasound to map capillaries and other vessels in the brain by injecting micrometer-sized bubbles into the bloodstream. Although the technique has been demonstrated only on a model brain so far, it's a promising new way to map the brain's vascular networks.
BJR: PET/MRI continues to prove its mettle
November 22, 2013 -- Simultaneous PET/MRI has the potential to improve patient care, reduce hospital visits, and provide new and more accurate markers for disease assessment, according to an article published in the British Journal of Radiology. Early proof-of-concept studies show the clinical performance of PET/MRI is on par with PET/CT.
Radiology 20/20 vision: Will science fiction become reality?
November 13, 2013 -- LONDON - Radiology must fully embrace new training pathways and translational research so that young doctors are capable of progressing research from the laboratory to the clinic, a senior radiologist noted in a broad-ranging, visionary, public lecture on Thursday evening.
Italian registry shows diverse uses of MRI in cardiac disease
November 12, 2013 -- The first thorough accounting of cardiac MR use in Italy found that systems are used in a wide variety of examinations -- most relating to inflammatory disease and cardiomyopathies -- and most yield results that have a strong impact on patient management.
Work more closely with rheumatologists, urge U.K. experts
November 8, 2013 -- Better cooperation between radiologists and rheumatologists is essential to ensure imaging is used cost-effectively to provide clinical information on diagnosis, prognosis, and serial assessment with the least risk and inconvenience to the patient, two U.K. researchers said.
Stress cardiac MR matches 320-row CCTA results
November 5, 2013 -- Vasodilator stress cardiac MR and 320-detector-row coronary CT angiography (CCTA) both accurately detect obstructive coronary artery disease, and the two tests are also highly concordant, according to the results of a new study in the International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Dutch strive to cut costs by avoiding preoperative breast MRI
November 4, 2013 -- Before preoperative breast MRI, it's feasible to work out which patients are most likely to show similar results on mammography and ultrasound, and this may help to save on the expense of an MRI exam, Dutch researchers have found.
Pacemakers and MRI: Always read manufacturers' small print
October 29, 2013 -- The European Society of Cardiology has published new guidelines about MRI for pacemaker patients, but caution is still needed because the advice is incomplete, according to Dr. Jörg Barkhausen, chair of the Cardiac & Vascular Diagnostics Working Group of the German Radiology Society.
Software-based PET-MRI can prove cost-effective
October 25, 2013 -- Software PET-MRI does not offer a complete alternative to hybrid hardware PET/MRI, but commercially available software can bring PET-MRI to routine clinical practice using existing hardware, according to Timor Kadir, PhD, Dr. Andrew Scarsbrook, and Thomas Beyer, PhD.
JFR: Are multidisciplinary meetings viable in cancer cases?
October 21, 2013 -- The chronic lack of MR machines and radiologists in France was again highlighted at the national radiology congress, Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR), this time in a thought-provoking discussion about cancer care.
Study: Make more use of 3T MRI to identify DCIS
October 21, 2013 -- Adding 3-tesla MRI to mammography for patients presenting with suspicious microcalcifications adds "significant" value, Dutch researchers have found. Specifically, the modality boosts the percentage of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) lesions detected.
Multitransmit for body MRI: Is it worth it?
October 18, 2013 -- At higher field strengths, it is hoped new technology will lead to more clinical applications benefiting from homogeneous MR images, but can it ever be cost-effective? That was the main question during a round table discussion at the meeting of the European Society of MR in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB).
MRA helps detect risk from unruptured cerebral aneurysms
October 17, 2013 -- MR angiography (MRA) using a 3D time-of-flight sequence could well be the most efficient technique for detecting unruptured cerebral aneurysms and determining if they pose a health risk, according to a study published in the October 15 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.