Smartphone addiction; breast implant safety; 3D echo

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Smartphones are potentially addictive devices. The constant desire to check for new messages can be incredibly tempting, but these phones may also be intrusive and distracting, as most parents of teenagers can confirm.

The Maverinck shares these concerns, and he urges doctors to make it their New Year's resolution to consult their smartphones only in private during working hours. Click here to read his latest column.

For the many thousands of women who have been fitted with breast implants from the now-defunct Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), it must have been an anxious holiday period. Statements from surgeons, politicians, and others have contained some mixed advice, and the Czech authorities have now intervened. For the latest information, visit our Women's Imaging Digital Community or click here. Also, for an update on imaging of breast implants, click here to read one of our top articles from 2011.

New European and U.S. guidelines for image acquisition using 3D echocardiography have been published in the January edition of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, and they are worth a close look. Get the story here.

Hardware improvements and new parallel-imaging techniques have facilitated time-resolved MR angiography (MRA) acquisition, and it's now feasible to measure blood-flow velocity at different stages of the cardiac cycle. At the recent RSNA 2011 congress, researchers from Hamburg, Germany, outlined the current status of 4D MRA. Visit our MRI Digital Community to find out more, or click here.

Finally, if you missed any of our top 10 articles of last year, you can read them here.

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