RADIOLOGY NEWS
CT scans may be linked to brain cancer in kids
July 23, 2018 -- Could exposure to CT radiation increase the risk of brain tumors in kids? Yes, say researchers from the Netherlands, who reported a 1.5-fold increase in cancer incidence for children in an article published online on 18 July in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
MR device eases high-dose-rate brachytherapy
July 20, 2018 -- Dutch researchers have helped develop an MR-conditional afterloader that can operate simultaneously with an MRI scanner. It could enable real-time high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy source localization for treatment verification.  Discuss
U.K. regulator calls for urgent action on backlog of scans
July 19, 2018 -- After uncovering massive backlogs of imaging examinations at three hospitals in England, the Care Quality Commission has highlighted the need for immediate action in its comprehensive new review of radiology reporting, but Royal College of Radiologists President Dr. Nicola Strickland has renewed her plea for more resources.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI offers prognosis for hard-to-find infarctions
July 19, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI can play a critical role in helping to determine which patients suspected of having stable coronary artery disease could have an unrecognized myocardial infarction and an increased risk of an adverse cardiac event, according to a study published online recently in PLOS One.  Discuss
U.K. issues guidelines on building digital archives
July 18, 2018 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has released detailed guidance on the technical requirements for radiologists and industry to facilitate and improve connectivity and simplify submission of anonymized, annotated cases between a PACS and a digital archive.  Discuss
Imaging shows value in congenital agenesis of pericardium
July 17, 2018 -- Congenital agenesis of the pericardium is often discovered as an incidental finding, but Greek researchers have now demonstrated that CT and MRI can reveal important information about this rare cardiac malformation.  Discuss
Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer
July 16, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound appears to be an effective alternative to MRI for identifying early cervical cancer -- especially in women who have tumors small enough to make them candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
3D cardiac model enhances heart valve surgery
July 13, 2018 -- Researchers from Germany have developed software that uses ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans of the heart to produce virtual 3D models depicting different stages of heartbeat, according to a presentation at the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 2018 international congress in Berlin.  Discuss
C-11-based PET tracer could benefit arthritis patients
July 12, 2018 -- Carbon-11 (C-11) PET that targets translocator protein expression in the joint lining tissue of the knee may be a better way to determine the extent of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Imaging pioneer Achenbach secures Europe's top cardiac post
July 11, 2018 -- Radiology is about to get a powerful new ally at the helm of cardiology after the European Society of Cardiology announced this week that Dr. Stephan Achenbach, head of cardiology at the University of Erlangen in Germany, has won the election to be its next president.  Discuss
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