Breast implants; acute chest pain; PACS and nuclear medicine

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

If you were to type "breast implants" into, you'll get nearly 12 million search items. This underlines just how popular implants have become, not only for women seeking augmentation but also among those in need of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

It's important for radiologists and other medical doctors to become more familiar with the imaging of these prostheses. MRI is by far the most useful and accurate modality for these patients, according to Spanish authors who have extensive experience in this area. Click here to read more, or visit our Women's Health Digital Community.

Imaging also plays a growing role in patients with acute chest pain, and the European Journal of Radiology has published a special issue on this subject. As part of the journal's coverage, researchers from the Netherlands have explained how prospective ECG-triggered cardiac CT accurately quantifies left and right ventricular function and myocardial mass. Find out more by clicking here.

Not every radiology PACS can cope with the storage and display of nuclear medicine images, and this can cause serious logistical problems. Users must check on this point before making a purchase, advises Dr. Neelam Dugar in her latest informatics column. Click here for the details.

Swiss experts in computer-assisted orthopedic surgery have developed a way of creating a patient-specific 3D model of the pelvis from a single x-ray image. This process does not require a specific calibration of the x-ray image, a computer-assisted design model of the implant, or a CT scan. Visit our Advanced Visualization Digital Community for the full story.

Visiting a hospital for an imaging examination can be a daunting experience for elderly patients, and Italian physicians think home delivery of radiology services can help overcome this problem. Click here to read about their research.

Two major congresses -- the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting in Paris and the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) congress in Vienna -- begin later this week. Make sure you check back starting on Friday for our coverage.

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