Novel method for appendicitis; shear-wave elastography advances; Germany's quality guidelines

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Next year promises to be significant for Turkey because it is one of the host nations for the ECR in March, so it's appropriate that as 2014 draws to a close, we have an article about important new research from the country.

At the recent RSNA 2014 meeting in Chicago, researchers from Ankara reported original findings about the diagnostic accuracy of abdominal CT with compression to the right lower quadrant for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Go to the CT Community, or click here.

Shear-wave ultrasound elastography is making sustained clinical progress, as shown by new data published in the European Journal of Radiology. Use of the technique in the thyroid has proved controversial, so this study is likely to generate plenty of attention. Get the details here.

Germany's updated quality assurance guidelines have implications for image display systems. Dr. Georg Stamm, from the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Hannover Medical School, has followed the changes closely. Click here to read his article.

Meanwhile, radiologists from Zurich have shared their experiences of a new method for classifying breast microcalcifications using x-ray phase-contrast imaging. The technique may help to boost diagnostic accuracy and reduce the number of biopsies of suspicious lesions. Visit the Women's Imaging Community, or click here.

Our editorial adviser Dr. Sven Haller, from University Hospital Geneva in Switzerland, has provided a fascinating case report about a 53-year-old man with visual disturbances and headaches. Click here for more details and to access the case archives.

Our editorial team will still be working over the holidays, so make sure you check back for new Cases of the Week and for further news reports from around the globe. On behalf of everybody at, I wish you all the very best for the season.

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