Week in Review: Radiology's unsung Olympic heroes | New data on impact of COVID-19 pandemic | How to improve informed consent

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

At the Olympics this week, all the attention has focused on the athletes, but it's vital to remember that the Games relies on legions of volunteers, including the 23 radiologists and 75 radiographers working in Tokyo.

We caught up with Dr. Yukihisa Saida to find out how things are going in the polyclinic. Read what he had to say in the MRI Community.

Reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on medical imaging remains in short supply, but the European Association of Nuclear Medicine has sought to rectify the matter with a large survey of its members. A major surprise is that the volume of PET/CT scans actually increased in two countries in 2020. Learn more in the Molecular Imaging Community.

How can we improve the informed consent process for angioplasties and other procedures? What can we do differently? Interventional radiologist Dr. Chris Hammond has addressed these questions in a thought-provoking new column.

In other news, Spanish researchers have looked at how to boost outcomes in stroke. They're convinced that patients with suspected large vessel occlusion stroke have better prospects when they're transferred directly to the angiography suite for diagnosis. Their recent study is based on 174 cases.

Finally, a group from Montpelier, France, has supported the use of two-view digital breast tomosynthesis for the characterization of breast lesions, particularly when the readers are inexperienced. Head over to the Women's Imaging Community to get the details.

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