ECR 2017 opens with major surprise | Preoperative breast MRI | Bone age evaluations

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

VIENNA - ECR 2017 got underway today in pleasantly mild temperatures and dry, settled conditions, but excitement levels within the Austria Center rose when a major surprise was delivered by one of the world's best-known radiologists, Dr. Max Reiser.

He stunned congress delegates by announcing that he'll be leaving European Radiology, possibly as early as April. The previous two editors in chief both completed long stints on the journal, so many people assumed Dr. Reiser would do the same. Major changes also are planned. For the full story, click here.

Concerns that preoperative breast MRI may prompt overtreatment in the form of unnecessary mastectomies are understandable, but important new findings presented at ECR 2017 suggest that the technique offers better tumor evaluation and, therefore, the opportunity for tailored treatment. Get the details here.

Age evaluations based on bone maturation are being used to determine the age of refugees, elite athletes, and others, but they raise tricky ethical and scientific issues. This hot topic was addressed during a well-attended special focus session. Click here to find out more.

Structured reporting also came under close scrutiny on the opening day of the meeting in Vienna. Is it viable to introduce quality management for radiology reports? Learn more by clicking here.

Increasing numbers of equipment manufacturers now target ECR for major product launches. One such example is a new 3-tesla MRI system from Siemens Healthineers. To read a report from Editorial Director Brian Casey, click here.

Between now and the end of the meeting on Sunday, make sure you check back to our RADCast @ ECR special section for live reports by our five-strong team of editors. Coming soon will be a series of 11 video interviews. Don't miss them.

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