Changes loom at ISR; modern art & radiology; PET imaging advances

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The International Society of Radiology (ISR) performs a vital training and education role in the developing world, particularly with its biennial congress and virtual meetings. Therefore, the global imaging community should scrutinize the recently announced changes at the ISR.

The society's veteran executive director, Otha Linton, will be missed greatly. Over many years he's been an energetic, enthusiastic administrator and communicator, and we wish him a long and happy retirement.

Mr. Linton will be a hard act to follow, but it's encouraging that ISR will now be based within the American College of Radiology (ACR) and that the former director of the ACR's Philadelphia office, Tom Caldwell, will replace him. The plan to establish an ISR office in Europe is good news too. To read more, click here.

Medical images are attracting the attention of a growing band of talented modern artists. Belgian radiologist Dr. Christian Lauer was one of the first people to make novel use of images and he's now been joined by others. Their work is impressive and eye-catching. Go to our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

Some important PET studies have been published in recent weeks, including a Swiss paper about how combined PET/CT-perfusion can assist in distinguishing between head and neck tumors and inflammatory lesions. Also, research from Tübingen, Germany, suggests that PET/MRI provides diagnostic-quality images for assessing pulmonary masses in lung cancer cases, while cutting radiation dose by three-quarters.

Furthermore, a study from the Netherlands confirms that PET imaging with carbon-11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B and FDG can lead to early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and differentiate between specific dementias.

To catch up on these three articles, visit our Molecular Imaging Digital Community.

Researchers from Munich also have been making headlines by screening consecutive patients for signs of cardiovascular disease with whole-body MRI. Learn more in our Cardiac Imaging Digital Community, or by clicking here.

Now that the Olympics is under way make sure you read our coverage of how and where injured athletes will be investigated and treated. Click here, and then check out the Related Reading list at the end of the article. Watch out for further updates.

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