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For cancer patients with suspected pulmonary lesions on chest radiography, accurate pretreatment staging and rigorous long-term follow-up are essential, and digital tomosynthesis is showing great clinical promise in this area.

A group of radiologists from Trieste, Italy, found that tomosynthesis can help boost diagnostic accuracy and confidence. Furthermore, it leads to only a slight, though significant, increase in radiation dose. They published their findings last week online in European Radiology. Get the details here.

Also, we've posted a second article today in the Digital X-Ray Community that you won't want to miss.

At his hospital in Belgium, the radiologist always has a short chat with the patient, even if a radiographer performs the x-ray examination, according to Dr. Jan Bosmans, PhD, staff radiologist and visiting professor of communication in radiology at Ghent University Hospital. Radiologists must come out of their bunkers, and every patient who undergoes an examination should get to meet the specialist, he believes. For the full story, click here.

Meanwhile, researchers from Hungary are investigating the use of radiography lung cancer screening with a digital tomosynthesis system that they assembled themselves, along with homegrown computer-aided detection software. As a lung cancer screening modality, the technique may be better than x-ray and nearly as good as CT, but with less radiation and expense. Click here to learn more.

Digital x-ray came under scrutiny at the 2015 congress of the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology, where U.K. researchers stressed that preoperative use of x-ray can play a valuable role in assessing the bone morphology of the glenoid (version and bone stock) and rotator cuff integrity. Click here to find out more.

For a full list of stories, see below or go to the Digital X-Ray Community. Also, make sure you check back regularly to see our latest coverage.

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