Ski lessons for radiologists | 6 ways to succeed in breast screening | Digital breast tomosynthesis wins support

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Much has been said about what medical imaging can learn from the safety-conscious automotive and aerospace industries, but have you ever thought what lessons skiing might have for radiology?

Dr. Giles Maskell has done exactly this. During a winter holiday, he became fascinated by the approach taken to avalanche safety, and he's convinced this topic has important implications for the practice of radiology.

The Dutch philosophy on breast cancer screening, acquired over 30 years, came under close scrutiny at this week's Arab Health conference. Success has been based on six core pillars, according to a leading breast imaging specialist. Find out what these pillars are in our news report, or head to the Women's Imaging Community.

During the same meeting, Dr. Nehad Kazim Albastaki, head of breast imaging at Mediclinic in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, shared her experiences of digital breast tomosynthesis.

In his latest column, the Maverinck traces the background and rationale behind the growing realization that there should be more direct contact between patients and radiologists. Don't miss his compelling analysis.

Meanwhile, researchers have developed a new technique for automatically segmenting and measuring the thoracic aorta on noncontrast CT scans. Their novel approach combines multiple image-processing steps to localize and segment the aorta and major arteries on 3D CT scans, and they've validated the method on the CT exams of 742 participants in the Danish Lung Cancer Screening Trial. Check out our Advanced Visualization Community.

Rapid advances in 3D printing continue to be made. Spanish researchers have used a 3D-printed model of the thoracic wall to plan and guide tumor resection, allowing the team to complete the surgery two hours faster than the average operating time. Their impressive results are worth a look.

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