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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.
CT proves value for pulmonary embolism in pregnancy
August 7, 2014 -- A relatively large U.K. study has provided fresh evidence that CT pulmonary angiograms result in positive outcomes when diagnosing pulmonary embolism in pregnant women, for whom the incidence of venous thromboembolism is four times greater than in the nonpregnant population.
Standard mammography image processing best for calcifications
August 5, 2014 -- Standard image processing algorithms help mammography detect calcification clusters more effectively than low-contrast or film-screen algorithms and could reduce false positives, according to a U.K. study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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.
Radiology interpretation performance may slip late in sessions
July 30, 2014 -- Radiologists may take less time to interpret images and see changes in their performance over the course of a long reading session, according to analysis from Warwick, U.K. But it's not clear if that dynamic represents an actual clinical concern or merely effects attributable to the study designs.
Statistics plain and simple: Is there such a thing?
July 30, 2014 -- The lively debate over screening mammography has highlighted the importance of statistics, but many authors use the wrong methods, draw general conclusions from a small number of case studies, and confuse correlation and causation. The Maverinck investigates.
New chief of German breast group faces full agenda
July 28, 2014 -- Dr. Markus Müller-Schimpfle is the new chair of the Breast Imaging Working Group of the German Radiological Society. In this article, he maps out the challenges he envisages during his time in office. He is keen to ensure Europe does not blindly adopt every idea to come out of the U.S.
Belgians find subtle changes after mammography goes digital
July 25, 2014 -- After a Belgian breast screening program went digital, researchers found subtle differences in performance between digital and analog mammography systems. One of them was a major difference in radiation dose, based on whether sites used digital or computed radiography.
FFDM study not needed with contrast mammography exam
July 11, 2014 -- A separate full-field digital mammography (FFDM) study may not be necessary when performing contrast-enhanced digital mammography exams, as the low-energy image may be sufficient for interpretation, according to a new European Journal of Radiology study. This ultimately means a reduction in patient dose.
4-scan PET/MRI exams improve breast imaging
July 7, 2014 -- Austrian researchers added PET/CT to a package of three MRI sequences to create fused PET/MR images, which they found aided in the differentiation of suspicious breast lesions, according to a new study published online in Clinical Cancer Research.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey
July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.
'Priming' doesn't work for mammograms, study finds
June 26, 2014 -- When it comes to breast cancer screening, inserting additional malignant cases into datasets of screening mammograms may lead to a decrease in the performance of experienced breast radiologists, according to a new study in the British Journal of Radiology.
Norwegians seek to add clarity to breast screening dispute
June 17, 2014 -- An invitation to participate in breast cancer screening reduces cancer death risk by 28%, according to a new study by researchers from Norway and published in BMJ. Mammography screening experts have called the study "thorough," "accurate," and "refreshingly free" of hysteria; an accompanying editorial, however, is not, they said.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 17, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to Norwegian researchers.
UKRC: How to achieve success with fetal MRI
June 12, 2014 -- MANCHESTER - There's a great need to optimize and standardize patient care and imaging parameters to realize fetal MRI's potential, avoid unnecessary repeat examinations and improve image quality and efficiency, according to research presented at this week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).

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