ECR 2018 opens to cold weather, hot topics | Radiation dose | Gadolinium use | Video interviews

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

VIENNA - Freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow greeted attendees on the opening day of ECR 2018. It might have been the coldest weather at the congress for more than a decade, but this didn't keep people away. Long registration lines, crowded sessions, and packed public areas were the order of the day.

ECR has grown so much that interventional workshops now take place in the church close to the main U-Bahn exit, and use is also being made of the Sky High Stage on top of the Saturn Tower near the Austria Center Vienna, providing confirmation of the meeting's popularity.

Belgium was the big winner on the opening day of ECR 2018. A group from Leuven was unveiled as the recipient of a magna cum laude award for a new study about radiation dose and body size. Click here for the details.

How radiologists can future-proof themselves with 3D visualization also came under close scrutiny today. Dr. Peter van Ooijen from the Netherlands, Prof. Dr. Thomas Frauenfelder from Switzerland, and others gave some practical advice on this hot topic. To read more, click here.

A session on the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI also attracted the crowds. Find out more here. And, in a study presented today, French researchers examined the use of gadolinium with MRI scans of patients with intralabyrinthine schwannomas and found that the contrast agent isn't needed for follow-up evaluations. Learn more here.

We also have the first two videos from ECR 2018: an exclusive interview with ECR 2018 President Prof. Bernd Hamm about Brexit, artificial intelligence, and attendance numbers and also an interview with Dr. Elisabetta Giannotti on breast imaging and the future of mammography. You won't want to miss them.

Be sure to check our RADCast @ ECR special section throughout the congress to view the live coverage from our five-strong editorial team.

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