ESGAR news; stroke in younger people; breast malpractice litigation

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The rise of alcoholism and smoking in men in their 40s is leading to a global increase in the incidence of paraduodenal pancreatitis, and radiologists play a central role in diagnosing this dangerous but little-known condition, says a research team that scooped the top scientific prize at the annual meeting of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR).

For the story, click here. Also, the congress runs in Edinburgh until Friday, so log on to for more news reports over the next week or so.

Results from an ambitious European trial involving more than 5,000 young stroke patients have started to emerge. At the European Neurological Society conference held in Prague this week, new light was shed on this problem and how MRI can assist. Visit our MRI Digital Community, or click here.

Researchers at London's St. Bartholomew's Hospital have scrutinized the causes of breast imaging malpractice litigation. Their findings, published in the July edition of Clinical Radiology, are likely to be of widespread interest. Go to our Women's Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Vendor-neutral archives (VNAs) continue to attract considerable attention, but there is still an urgent need to define and map the requirements of hospitals for VNAs, writes market analyst Theo Ahadome in our latest PACS column. Read more here.

Meanwhile, outsourcing after-hours CT coverage to a teleradiology services provider can be achieved with a low error rate, the authors of a new study published online in the European Journal of Radiology have found. Get the story here.

Last but not least, a survey of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the Republic of Ireland suggests that better access to healthcare and more firsthand experience with CT may explain why they expressed a greater willingness to undergo low-dose CT lung cancer screening than current and former smokers in the U.S. Click here to learn more.

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