How to deliver on image sharing | Point-of-care ultrasound pays off | Best modality for ovarian cancer

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

A frequent complaint among radiologists is that a patient's images from another hospital are rarely available, even though the facility is located nearby.

This frustrating scenario doesn't need to be the norm, particularly if the PACS community can collaborate in a more sustained and meaningful way, writes informatics expert Dr. Neelam Dugar in her new column about image exchange portals.

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been around now for several years, but reliable information about the clinical application of the technology is in relatively short supply. German researchers have addressed this shortage of data, and the results from their POCUS pilot scheme are worth close scrutiny. Go to the Ultrasound Community.

The nonspecific symptoms of ovarian cancer can lead to late presentation and delayed diagnosis in advanced stages and to a poor prognosis, and an additional imaging challenge is the detection of malignancy. But which modality is best for the "silent killer"? A team from Northern Ireland attempted to find out. Don't miss our news report in the Women's Imaging Community.

Measuring the energy of gamma rays emitted during helium-ion radiotherapy can provide real-time verification of the beam's range in the patient. Investigators in Germany and Portugal have developed a new technique that will help define the size of the range error in particle therapy, allowing more precise treatments with greater sparing of healthy tissue. Head over to the Molecular Imaging Community.

The rapidly changing contrast media sector has made the headlines again, with the announcement that Bracco Imaging is acquiring molecular imaging company Blue Earth Diagnostics for around 412 million euros. Our article provides the full details about the acquisition.

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