Irish advocate caution on breast screening for under 40s
January 18, 2017 -- Screening for breast cancer is not recommended for women younger than 40 who have normal, benign, or undocumented examination findings, but women with a moderate or high familial risk of breast cancer, personal breast cancer history, or those referred for screening are another story, Irish researchers have found.
Virtual reality enables parents to meet baby before birth
January 18, 2017 -- A Finnish company has developed a virtual reality product to enable parents to meet their unborn child using 3D and 4D ultrasound. The developer thinks it could represent the future of fetal ultrasound and is speaking with a hospital and an ultrasound vendor to see what applications can be found.
Improving the patient experience benefits everyone
January 10, 2017 -- As a diagnostic radiologist, Dr. Jennifer Adams has always been sensitive to the concerns and fears that patients can have when faced with medical imaging procedures. But she gained a new perspective on what it's like to be a patient when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38.
Cochrane group again takes aim at breast screening
January 9, 2017 -- Continuing a campaign going back to at least 2000, researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen take aim at screening mammography in a January 10 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The group claims that breast screening doesn't reduce the incidence of advanced tumors, and that one-third of tumors detected actually represent overdiagnosis.
5 tips on how to read gynecologic images
January 6, 2017 -- A sound knowledge of clinical details, including tumor markers, is vital when interpreting gynecologic images, because this information enables the radiologist to make an accurate diagnosis, according to award-winning researchers from a top London teaching hospital.
Top 10 AuntMinnieEurope stories for 2016
December 28, 2016 -- We're pleased to offer the top 10 stories of 2016 on AuntMinnieEurope.com. Based on our list, the single most important issue facing European radiologists was the ongoing debate over the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI.
Lancet: Add MRI to shed light on fetal brain abnormalities
December 14, 2016 -- If a 20-week fetal ultrasound scan reveals a potential brain abnormality, an MRI examination should be performed, U.K. researchers have recommended in an article published online by Lancet on 15 December.
PET/MRI can advance uterine cervix cancer detection
December 13, 2016 -- PET/MRI is a valuable tool to accurately stage tumors of the uterine cervix and may serve as an alternative modality for a clinical workup prior to treatment, according to a German study presented at the recent RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.
Phase-contrast imaging can cut mammogram dose
December 12, 2016 -- Optimized x-ray phase-contrast imaging could deliver comparable image quality to mammography, but at a much lower dose, a European research project has found. The technique was demonstrated using a synchrotron source, but is compatible with lab-based, polychromatic x-ray sources.
Study: Reduce CT kV levels to lower breast dose in patients
December 7, 2016 -- Despite a short scan length and relatively small dose length product, contrast-monitoring scans can account for 27% of the overall breast dose accrued from a CT pulmonary angiography study, according to Irish researchers. A small tweak to the kilovoltage (kV) can significantly reduce radiation dose to the breast, they noted.