Radiology responds to Brussels bombings; patient consent under scrutiny; video games & fMRI

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The bomb attacks in Brussels will have a lifelong impact on the Munich-bound radiologists who sustained minor injuries in the airport, but last week's dreadful events also look set to have a substantial effect on everybody's willingness to travel, judged on the response of ESR President Dr. Paul Parizel, PhD.

Parizel is not someone who's prone to overreact, so it's significant that he admits he's now less keen to travel. On the plus side, he's heartened by more than 50 messages of support received during the past week, as well as the efforts of the medical services. This response underlines the imaging community's resilience and ability to pull together. Get the full story here.

What factors do you need to bear in mind when obtaining patient consent, particularly for x-ray and CT examinations? What should you tell patients about dose? And is it safe to delegate? These were the main questions addressed in an interview with two leading German experts. Go to our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

Meanwhile, Italian researchers have used resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) to investigate whether a video game-based cognitive rehabilitation program affects thalamic functional connectivity in patients with multiple sclerosis. To learn more, visit our MRI Community, or click here.

A team from Cambridge University in the U.K. has developed a new 3D image-processing technique that can help evaluate changes in joint disease. The investigators used MRI and CT images to accurately map the space between joints in patients with osteoarthritis in 3D. Go to our Advanced Visualization Community, or click here.

Also, German researchers have found significant deficiencies with CT alone for detecting bone marrow metastases in patients with malignant melanoma, according to a study published in the April issue of the European Journal of Radiology.

Finally, don't miss our fascinating Case of the Week about a 13-month-old girl who presents with recurrent choking episodes and feeding difficulties. Test yourself here.

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