Philips launches new 3T MRI scanner at ECR 2018
March 1, 2018 -- A new 3-tesla MRI scanner called Ingenia Elition 3.0T by Philips Healthcare is among the new product introductions this week at ECR 2018 in Vienna. The system offers a 50% reduction in scanning time and also improvements to the patient experience -- all without sacrificing image quality, according to the company.  Discuss
The 10-minute abdominal MRI scan: Can it become reality?
March 1, 2018 -- While MRI is sensitive and specific for liver imaging, the time required for a thorough exam often means that radiologists opt for CT due to quicker results and fewer artifacts. But what if the usual 30-minute MRI could be reduced to 10 minutes? Would that sway doctors to send patients for an MRI more often? Experts at today's session on making the 10-minute MRI exam a reality believe that it would.  Discuss
No gadolinium needed for follow-up MRI inner ear scans
February 28, 2018 -- VIENNA - Once an initial MRI scan with gadolinium-based contrast has confirmed an intralabyrinthine schwannoma, the contrast agent shouldn't be needed for follow-up evaluations, according to a study presented on Wednesday at ECR 2018.  Discuss
Safety issues linger over gadolinium-based contrast agents
February 28, 2018 -- Conclusive research into the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents could take about a decade to emerge because of the huge difficulties of obtaining enough valuable and objective data. In the meantime, radiologists will be dependent on newly released guidelines from the world's health watchdogs and other reports, ECR 2018 delegates will learn at today's Special Focus Session.  Discuss
German survey puts focus back on incidental findings
February 27, 2018 -- The results from a new survey by German researchers underline that study participants appreciate learning about incidental findings and have triggered improved standardization of incidental finding reporting in a large national cohort. These findings are likely to be frequently observed in population-based imaging, so more research is needed on tools to optimize reporting efficiency, they noted.  Discuss
Breast MRI technique helps cancer detection without contrast
February 23, 2018 -- German researchers have developed a novel breast MRI technique that greatly reduces false-positive findings and increases the detection of breast cancer -- without the need for a gadolinium-based contrast agent, according to a study published online February 20 in Radiology.  Discuss
Clinical audits promise productivity gains in Russia
February 20, 2018 -- A radiology audit service in Moscow that already assesses 150 CT, MRI, and mammography systems across 64 outpatient departments is gearing up for further expansion. Unified Radiological Information Service is expected to reduce costs for radiology departments.  Discuss
Study: Over 30% of breast cancers missed on breast MRI
February 16, 2018 -- Almost one-third of breast cancers detected in a high-risk screening program using breast MRI were already visible at the last negative MRI scan, Dutch researchers have reported. The results apply to both screen-detected and interval cancers, they added.  Discuss
Some side effects of the great gadolinium scare
February 14, 2018 -- The news about gadolinium is having side effects -- many radiologists now are too scared to use any gadolinium-based contrast agent. But have the effects been overstated and overblown? The Maverinck investigates in his latest column.  Discuss
Indian group defends radiologist in fatal MRI incident
February 13, 2018 -- A local branch of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association has come to the defense of the radiologist who was arrested in connection with the death of a man who carried an oxygen cylinder into an MRI suite in January, according to a February 12 article in the Indian Express.