RADIOLOGY NEWS
Ultrasound-guided thyroid RF ablation wins support
January 27, 2020 -- Radiofrequency (RF) ablation guided by ultrasound is a safe and effective alternative to surgery in clinically relevant benign thyroid nodules, particularly in the right hands, according to award-winning researchers from Spain who have given technical tips to improve the results of RF ablation.  Discuss
Viennese biomarker study casts light on breast cancer risk
January 24, 2020 -- Austrian investigators have used PET and MRI to find out that patients with a malignant tumor in one breast have lower levels of certain biomarkers in the contralateral, healthy breast. They examined 141 women who had imaging abnormalities in one breast and a tumor-free contralateral breast.  Discuss
U.K. unveils learning initiative to tackle errors
January 23, 2020 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists has released a practical guide on how to review and learn from excellence, discrepancies, and adverse events. The 36-page report contains nine key pieces of advice and can be downloaded free of charge.  Discuss
Success with AI rests on ethics and 'explainability'
January 22, 2020 -- Meeting the ethical challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) and understanding and explaining the concept behind its applications are vital for successful implementation, writes digital ethics specialist Ivana Bartoletti. She encourages radiologists to engage in the discussion.  Discuss
AI can assess disease burden in multiple sclerosis
January 22, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can accurately evaluate multiple sclerosis disease burden on MRI exams, potentially enabling better ongoing assessment of these patients, German researchers have reported.  Discuss
Checklists can aid interpretation of chest CT scans
January 21, 2020 -- Using checklists as a guide to interpreting chest CT examinations can help identify diffuse abnormalities in acute disease, according to prizewinning Spanish researchers. If systematically applied, checklists of clinical and radiological data can play a valuable role, they say.  Discuss
PACS servers remain vulnerable in parts of Europe
January 20, 2020 -- Hospitals across Europe are continuing to leak tens of thousands of medical images into the public domain every week, and Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland are among the countries that still have unprotected PACS servers, new analysis from Germany has found.  Discuss
PET strengthens case for cause of schizophrenia
January 17, 2020 -- By combining PET imaging with a radiotracer that binds to a specific protein, U.K. researchers may have validated the belief that dysfunctional neuronal connections in the brain are the underlying cause of schizophrenia, according to a study published on 14 January in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Responsibility question surfaces in Swedish MRI accident
January 16, 2020 -- Who bears formal responsibility for the serious MRI accident at Sunderby Hospital in Luleå, Swedish Lapland? This complex question appears to lie at the heart of the investigation that's still going on, and the answer may well set a legal precedent, according to experts.  Discuss
Report: Fujifilm makes pitch for Curium Pharma
January 16, 2020 -- In what would be its latest deal in an ongoing acquisition spree in healthcare, Fujifilm has made an offer to buy French radiopharmaceutical developer Curium Pharma in a transaction that could be valued as high as 2.7 billion euros, according to a 14 January report from Bloomberg.  Discuss