BMJ: GP requests rise threefold in 15 years
November 30, 2018 -- General practitioners (GPs) in the U.K. are ordering more than three times as many diagnostic tests compared with 15 years ago, and these tests are costing the National Health Service more than 2.8 billion pounds a year, according to an article published online on 29 November by BMJ.  Discuss
U.S.-Swiss study adds to concerns on gadolinium
November 30, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Increased signal intensities in different brain regions, presumably caused by linear and macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents, may be an indication that gadolinium accumulation is more widespread than previously thought, a study presented on Wednesday at RSNA 2018 has found.  Discuss
Momentum gathers behind MRI for lung cancer screening
November 28, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Nearly a decade ago, CT surpassed x-ray as the imaging modality of choice for lung cancer screening. But could there be an even better option for the test? Researchers from the U.S., Switzerland, and Germany made the case for MRI in a session on Monday at RSNA 2018.  Discuss
German study shows lingering effect of linear GBCAs
November 23, 2018 -- How do different gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) affect gadolinium retention in the brain? In rats, concentrations of linear GBCAs were several dozen times greater one year after administration than levels of macrocyclic GBCAs, German researchers found in a study published online on 13 November in Radiology.  Discuss
ESR puts renewed emphasis on clinical audits
November 22, 2018 -- An updated edition of a clinical audit tool is to be published in January 2019, delegates learned at the European Society of Radiology (ESR) Annual Leadership Meeting, held in Berlin on 16 November.  Discuss
Quality and safety in imaging come under scrutiny
November 19, 2018 -- To boost quality and safety, it's vital to ensure every activity meets best practice standards, Drs. Giles Boland and Lluís Donoso-Bach write in a guest editorial. Healthcare leaders must build the teams to create, deliver, and manage solutions using data-driven management techniques, they say.  Discuss
Iranians use artificial intelligence to illuminate uterine cancer
November 15, 2018 -- Researchers from Iran used a machine-learning algorithm and perfusion-weighted MRI scans to differentiate between patients with uterine sarcomas and those with leiomyomas. The findings were published on 12 November in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Golden rules of radiology: The final batch of 30
November 14, 2018 -- Trust your clinical instincts, keep your workspace immaculate, avoid burnout by looking after yourself, and smile but don't be too approachable -- these are some of the new rules of radiology from Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Here's the fourth and final set in his series about the specialty's uber-truths.  Discuss
Timely MRI can help predict outcomes for sarcoma patients
November 12, 2018 -- The careful evaluation of the immediate area around soft-tissue sarcomas with MRI before, during, and after neoadjuvant chemotherapy can help clinicians alter cancer treatment, if necessary, according to a French study published online on 5 November in the European Journal of Radiology.
Reactions to gadolinium MRI contrast are largely mild
November 9, 2018 -- Italian researchers found that patients who received gadolinium-based contrast agents experienced short-term reactions that weren't much worse than those in patients who had no contrast at all. Results of the study were published online on 30 October in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss