Peter Rinck on statistics; Germany's new breast imaging boss; chest wall deformities

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Deep down, we all know we really should understand and care about statistics, but most of us shy away from the topic, and if possible, we try to avoid it altogether.

The Maverinck is somebody who never ducks an important issue, and you won't want to miss his latest column about the use of incorrect statistical methods, particularly when it comes to breast screening. Click here to read it.

The new breast imaging boss of Germany, Dr. Markus Müller-Schimpfle, will have a host of difficult challenges to confront over the coming months, including the precise role of screening mammography. He's already laid out his vision of the future; to learn what it is, go to our Women's Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Identifying common chest wall malformations and related pathology, as well as understanding common surgical correction procedures and identifying postsurgical appearances, are valuable skills. A group from a top U.K. facility has researched this area, and you can read the findings in our Cardiac Imaging Digital Community, or by clicking here.

The development of 7-tesla MRI continues to attract plenty of interest, and that was certainly the case at the joint meeting of the International Society for MR in Medicine and European Society for MR in Medicine and Biology. At the Milan congress, a device was on display that reportedly can provide enhanced soft-tissue contrast and molecular imaging capability, while taking up roughly the same space as a large desk. Visit our MRI Digital Community, or click here.

Radiologists may take less time to interpret images and see changes in their performance over the course of a long reading session, according to new analysis from Warwick, U.K. But it's not clear yet if that dynamic represents an actual clinical concern or merely is due to effects attributable to study designs. Get the full story here.

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