Europe supports AI initiative | New survey on hybrid imaging | How to improve stroke pathway

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Artificial intelligence holds great promise for radiology but also substantial risks. To minimize the potential pitfalls, seven leading European and North American societies have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to compile a statement about codes of ethics and practice governing the use of the technology.

They've published the eagerly awaited document this week, and it deserves close scrutiny. Head over to the Artificial Intelligence Community.

Quality control in hybrid imaging requires urgent attention, judged on the findings of a new survey about PET/MRI. An international group of researchers studied recent clinical data from eight leading European facilities, and they discovered that wide variations persist. Visit the Molecular Imaging Community.

Speed means everything when it comes to stroke cases, and this consideration prompted two specialist radiographers to look closely at their hospital group's CT head stroke pathway. After conducting a three-month audit, they've now devised a practical 10-point plan of action designed to improve service delivery. Go to the CT Community.

In breast cancer screening, on the other hand, patient comfort is a top priority. Important new research published in the European Journal of Radiology suggests that conebeam CT (CBCT) is a more comfortable option than mammography, largely because CBCT does not involve compression.

Meanwhile, Australian investigators have reported the use of tailored 3D-printed heart models based on cardiac MRI and CT scans can be of real value in the management of congenital heart disease, particularly in facilitating preoperative planning for complex cases. Check out our news report in the Advanced Visualization Community.

A critical factor in lung cancer screening is cost-effectiveness, and central to this is the appropriate minimization of false positives, according to U.K. radiologist Dr. Eleanor Ngan-Soo. Her group thinks using different types of volumetry software to measure nodules on CT lung exams can drastically alter the recall rate for follow-up exams, underscoring the need to validate the software to ensure effective screening.

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