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Multiparametric MRI has become a valuable tool for detecting, localizing, and staging of prostate cancer, but the introduction of prebiopsy scans in suspected cases of malignancy has exerted an enormous strain on healthcare systems across Europe. To ensure cancer targets are met, the pressure is on radiology departments to report exams as quickly as possible.

Against this background, radiologists at a teaching hospital in the north of Scotland have embarked on a rigorous campaign to speed up the booking and reporting process. Go to our news report posted today to discover how they've fared.

In other news, an 86-page report issued on 1 October has recommended a large expansion in England's MRI capacity, as well as the training and recruitment of more radiologists and radiographers and the creation of community diagnostic centers.

Among the thousands of journal articles about COVID-19 and radiology published so far in 2020, some papers have focused on the viability of chest MRI as an alternative to chest CT in COVID-19 pneumonia follow-up and on MRI's detection of brain alterations caused by the virus. But has the desire to publish studies quickly resulted in a drop in quality? The Maverinck has expressed his viewpoint in a column.

Meanwhile, German researchers are convinced the stage is set to begin building a strategy for the systematic use of brain MRI scans of breast cancer patients who are at high risk of developing brain cancer metastasis. They presented the results of a new study recently at the European Breast Cancer Conference.

A major challenge in developing artificial intelligence algorithms is having access to a large image dataset with high-quality labels for training. A Swiss team found a way around that problem while developing deep-learning models to detect stroke lesions on MRI.

This letter features only a handful of the many articles posted recently in the MRI Community. Please scroll through the full list below, and feel free to contact me if you have any ideas for coverage.

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