Adrian Dixon on imaging's future; 3D boost for interventional training; CTA of aortic emergencies

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

If you were to ask a sample of European radiologists to name a modern-day visionary in their specialty, the chances are high that Dr. Adrian Dixon would feature prominently among the selections. Given his depth of knowledge and practical insight, he knows as well as anyone where medical imaging is heading.

Dixon gave a special lecture in London on Thursday evening, and our reporter Becky McCall was on hand to cover it. You can read her article here.

Urgent improvements are needed in the teaching of endovascular skills, says an award-winning research group from Germany. They are convinced that 3D printing techniques have a role to play here. Go to our Advanced Visualization Community, or click here.

Consensus is growing that CT angiography is the best modality for the diagnosis and treatment planning of aortic pathologies, and treatment is now performed by either an open surgical approach or endovascular stent graft implantation. Austrian researchers have shared their experiences of this field. Visit our Cardiac Imaging Community, or click here.

When it comes to T2 mapping in the myocardium, it's essential to use absolute values to make a reliable cutoff, but unfortunately there's a wide range of T2 values in the cardiac MRI literature. Authors from the University of Cologne have studied this area, and you can learn about their findings here.

Nuclear medicine is not in imminent danger of extinction, but it may need to reinvent itself for the future. That's the view of the president of the British Nuclear Medicine Society, who thinks nuclear medicine physicians need to shed their self-image as purely imaging-based physicians to become more involved in clinical areas. Get the details here.

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