Beta-blockers' boost for CTA; breast tomo advances; Denmark in focus

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Findings that emerge from the German Cardiac CT Registry are well worth a close look because the 10 centers involved have recruited more than 4,000 patients. In a field where reliable data are often in short supply, such initiatives are good news for end users.

Registry participants have released information about premedication with beta-blocking agents to lower heart rate for coronary CT angiography. This is an important area, and you can read their analysis in our Cardiac Imaging Digital Community or by clicking here.

Manufacturers are moving from prototype digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) systems to clinical products, and exposure control can now be optimized, allowing the acquisition of a DBT view at the same dose as a single mammography view, according to Italian researchers. To learn more, go to our Women's Imaging Digital Community or click here.

Scandinavia continues to lead the way in many aspects of telemedicine and the Danes are particularly keen to make further progress. Last week, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society organized a webinar about Denmark's plans, and you can read our news report in the Healthcare Informatics Digital Community or by clicking here.

This month's history column focuses on the origins of teleradiology and provides a fascinating account of how the field has grown so spectacularly since its first use in 1959. Get the story here.

Over the past year or so, many of you have enjoyed the market trends articles written by Theo Ahadome and his colleagues. Their latest contribution deals with healthcare IT and you won't want to miss it. Click here to find out more.

The 2012 Olympics underlined the importance of MRI in sports imaging today, and for the first time at the games, there were two systems in use. The modality is particularly helpful for the initial diagnosis and follow-up of acute musculotendinous injuries, and you can learn more in our MRI Digital Community or by clicking here.

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