VNAs & going paperless | Magna cum laude for Spain | Breast MRI protocols

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Going paperless is a worthy goal that almost everybody supports in principle, but achieving it in practice still proves difficult at many hospitals. Implementing a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) can really help here. It stores images in a standard format and interface, and makes data accessible through different PACS.

Our regular columnist Dr. Neelam Dugar has more words of wisdom on VNAs. You can get them in our PACS Community, or by clicking here.

Electronic posters have been popular at ECR since their introduction in 2003, and any researcher who collects a magna cum laude has notched up a fine career achievement. Last month, this honor was bestowed upon Dr. Miguel Ángel Corral de la Calle from Ávila, Spain, for his work on renal tumors. To find out more, click here.

Abbreviated protocols in breast MRI are topical right now, and they promise to make the technique more viable in routine practice. An Italian group has unveiled some new findings in this area. For the details, visit our Women's Imaging Community, or click here.

Another research team from Italy has underlined the urgent need for continued efforts to raise awareness of the risks of radiation exposure for cardiac catheterization laboratory workers. Based on 746 completed questionnaires, the team's results are worth a close look. To do so, click here.

In other news, a U.K. research organization has launched a national scheme that will involve scanning more than 100,000 participants. The aim is to transform the way medicine looks at a wide variety of diseases, including dementia, arthritis, cancer, heart attacks, and stroke. Get the story here.

Finally, the demand for radiotherapy across all European countries will climb by an average of 16% between 2012 and 2025, with the highest increase expected for prostate cancer cases (24%), according to a new study published in Radiotherapy and Oncology. Click here to learn more.

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