Clinical audits promise productivity gains in Russia February 20, 2018 -- A radiology audit service in Moscow that already assesses 150 CT, MRI, and mammography systems across 64 outpatient departments is gearing up for further expansion. Unified Radiological Information Service (URIS) is expected to reduce costs for radiology departments. Discuss
3D printing method uses angiograms to model brain vessels February 19, 2018 -- Clinicians can use CT angiography (CTA) or digital subtraction angiography (DSA) scans to construct customized 3D-printed models of brain vessel abnormalities that replicate real-life cases, according to a study published in the British Journal of Neurosurgery. Discuss
Study: Over 30% of breast cancers missed on breast MRI February 16, 2018 -- Almost one-third of breast cancers detected in a high-risk screening program using breast MRI were already visible at the last negative MRI scan, Dutch researchers have reported. The results apply to both screen-detected and interval cancers, they added. Discuss
Why errors in radiology are no easy matter February 15, 2018 -- Radiologists who make errors are not always negligent, sloppy, or careless, but a greater emphasis on training and competency as well as improvements in systems used for reporting and communication of images can reduce the number of discrepancies and clinical incidents, U.K. researchers have found.
Is CT or MR perfusion better for diagnosing CAD? February 15, 2018 -- Recent advances in scanner technology have made the use of CT stress myocardial perfusion imaging feasible. Just how well it matches up to MR perfusion in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) is the central question of a German/U.S. study led by Dr. Marc Dewey from Berlin. Discuss
Some side effects of the great gadolinium scare February 14, 2018 -- The news about gadolinium is having side effects -- many radiologists now are too scared to use any gadolinium-based contrast agent. But have the effects been overstated and overblown? The Maverinck investigates in his latest column. Discuss
Is virtual reality in radiology becoming a reality? February 14, 2018 -- Virtual reality is by no means a new technology, but recent developments have given it new life, enabling it to spread from gaming and consumer markets into industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. Will the healthcare move be hard? Ulrik Kristensen of Signify Research offers a perspective. Discuss
Italians showcase novel one-to-one patient counseling project February 13, 2018 -- A counseling service in an Italian imaging center has produced high patient satisfaction. The service offers patients one-to-one interviews with radiologists to have their results explained clearly. The service also helps to generate more patient history, which can improve radiology reporting. Discuss
French find no need for CT to rule out PE February 13, 2018 -- French researchers found that a set of clinical criteria was just as accurate as a protocol that included CT pulmonary angiography for ruling out pulmonary embolism (PE) in the emergency department, according to an article published in the February 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Discuss
Indian group defends radiologist in fatal MRI incident February 13, 2018 -- A local branch of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association has come to the defense of the radiologist who was arrested in connection with the death of a man who carried an oxygen cylinder into an MRI suite in January, according to a February 12 article in the Indian Express.