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Dear Advanced Visualization Insider,

Three-dimensional postprocessing software isn't just valuable clinically, it can also be an extremely useful tool for education. That's what German researchers recently found out after integrating the 3D software into an undergraduate radiology course for medical students.

In a new article published online in the European Journal of Radiology, a team led by Dr. Fabian Rengier of the University Hospital Heidelberg reported that the hands-on course resulted in significant improvements in radiological knowledge, diagnostic skills, and visual-spatial ability. Perhaps most telling was the increase in diagnostic skills for imaging modalities not included in the course.

For the details of what the team uncovered, click here.

Meanwhile, Dutch researchers have found breast computer-aided detection systems can be deployed to improve screening efficacy by independently identifying suspicious nonreferred cases. Get the story here.

In other news this month in your Advanced Visualization Digital Community, learn how a French radiologist hopes his website,, can assist radiologists with difficult diagnostic challenges by visiting here. The site currently has more than 8,500 cases and 100,000 images, and users can search by nearly 200 locations and 500 gamuts.

A joint U.K. and New Zealand project to study cardiac defects by using a virtual 3D heart model is also yielding some interesting results, according to a report by associate editor Frances Rylands-Monk. The authors believe the work may offer the potential of better diagnosis and interventional treatment of atrial fibrillation.

Have an idea for a topic you'd like to see covered? As always, please feel free to drop me a line.

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