ECR president wears tartan; Swiss on plaque assessment; Italy's new ultrasound study

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The ECR 2015 president looks great in a kilt and has a passion for skiing, and staff in his department love to wear plastic red noses. These lesser-known facts about Dr. Bernd Hamm are revealed in this week's exclusive interview, which forms part of our buildup to the upcoming congress in Vienna.

To read about Hamm's famous hospital and department in Berlin, and to find out more about his views on prostate imaging and the ECR's scientific program, click here.

In an important presentation made at the RSNA 2014 meeting, Swiss researchers spelled out exactly why they think phase-contrast imaging is a reliable technique for the accurate detection and characterization of coronary artery plaques. Go to our Cardiac Imaging Community, or click here.

A team of researchers from the University of L'Aquila, Italy, also made a big impression at RSNA. In a study of 240 patients, they found that ultrasound-guided platelet-rich plasma injection of the supraspinatus tendon significantly outperformed the use of medical and physical therapy alone. Get the details here.

The BI-RADS lexicon has received rave reviews over the past couple of years, but there are still concerns about it. For example, without a German-language version, it can't be taken on board and matched to local situations, according to Dr. Markus Müller-Schimpfle. Visit our Women's Imaging Community, or click here.

Meanwhile, a Dutch group has developed an algorithm to improve the robustness of computer-aided detection to identify tuberculosis on chest x-rays, leading to better detection of thoracic abnormalities. Click here to learn more.

Dr. Anagha Parkar, a member of our editorial advisory board, has prepared a case report about a 17-year-old patient involved in a motor vehicle accident. To learn more, click here.

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