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The iPad has become a popular tool to facilitate mobile access to medical images, but its utility in radiology may expand beyond image viewing. A team from Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, Germany, has developed a prototype system that uses the iPad to interact with breast MRI studies on traditional displays.

The group believes its approach, which allows users to control image display and manipulation via the iPad's touchscreen user interface, offers a more workflow-driven approach to reading MR studies. To learn more, click here.

Another tool from Fraunhofer MEVIS is the subject of a second article we're featuring this month in your Advanced Visualization Digital Community. An automatic lesion tracking tool developed by the institute is showing potential to provide speed and efficiency improvements for interpreting CT scans. For the details, visit here.

Providing readers with short-term feedback on their performance after using chest radiography computer-aided detection (CAD) failed to improve their performance on differentiating CAD candidates for pulmonary nodules, according to a Dutch research team. Find out why here.

In better news for CAD, another Dutch research group found that CAD could work as a second reader in breast cancer screening. Diagnostic performance with their CAD algorithm was comparable to that of residents and false-positive rates were low.

A bone suppression tool was also shown to significantly improve radiologists' accuracy in identifying focal pneumonia on chest radiographs.

In addition, we have coverage of a presentation from the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) congress. In a EuroPACS session, researchers from the University Hospital of Pisa, Italy, presented a study that found the iPad 2 to be equal to conventional workstations for 2D lung nodule detection. You can read that article here.

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