News & analysis from day 1 of ECR 2013 in Vienna

VIENNA - It was straight down to business on Thursday morning for delegates at ECR 2013. Curiously, the opening ceremony doesn't take place until the evening, but the scientific sessions got under way at 10:30 a.m. prompt. On the plus side, at least it was pleasantly mild in Vienna and the early spring sunshine did occasionally break through the hazy clouds, so it was a treat to be out and about.

The editors of were at the Austria Center bright and early to cover the morning sessions for our RADCast @ ECR, which runs throughout the congress and brings you live clinical, socioeconomic, and industry news direct from the meeting.

At the opening press conference on Thursday, the focus was on PET/MRI. Medical imaging experts from around Europe debated the value of this expensive but powerful technology, but urged caution regarding this novel technology. Find out what they said by clicking here.

Also during the the opening day of the congress, researchers from Germany presented the findings from their study comparing FDG-PET/MRI with FDG-PET/CT in patients with head and neck cancer. Learn what they discovered by clicking here.

In other ECR news, U.K. researchers posed the question of whether a hospital can turn over its critical after-hours emergency reads to a teleradiology provider without putting patients at risk. Get the details by clicking here.

You can now read our report about today's multidisciplinary session on imaging of colorectal liver metastases, featuring interviews with leading experts from Clichy, France. Also, don't miss our article on the latest molecular advances in oncology, including the immense potential of MRI and new PET tracers in this emerging area of medicine.

Cardiac imaging is a central theme at ECR 2013, and we've got an interview with Dr. Konstantin Nikolaou from Munich, Germany, who is chair of a two-day Mini Course. Get the story here.

In breast imaging, does ultrasound elastography, contrast-enhanced digital mammography, or MR spectroscopy offer the greatest clinical promise? Find out by clicking here.

Historically, Austria has tended to lag behind when it comes to breast screening, but the situation is changing fast. Click here for a report Dr. Oswald Graf, who heads the Breast Imaging Task Force at the Ă–sterreichische Röntgengesellschaft.

Make sure you check back regularly to our RADCast, at, for our daily updates and news and analysis.

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