Radiology helps Israel meet unique healthcare needs March 10, 2008 -- VIENNA - Attendees at this week's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) got a closer look at how radiology is practiced in Israel at the conference's "ECR meets Israel" session on Sunday. Representatives from the country's radiology community described how PACS helps the country with its unique healthcare needs, and also outlined Israel's breast screening program.
New studies examine CR, CT radiation dose March 9, 2008 -- VIENNA - Two studies presented Sunday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) focused on radiation dose with imaging exams. The first spotlighted the importance of x-ray dose optimization for computed radiography (CR) systems, while the other offered a counterargument to recent studies criticizing the risks of radiation exposure in exams like CT angiography.
CAD nabs the flat polyps VC readers may miss March 9, 2008 -- VIENNA - In two studies presented Sunday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology, investigators tested colon computer-aided detection (CAD) schemes for their ability to find flat lesions. In both, the sensitivity was reassuringly high, though questions remain about the effect of false-positive CAD detections on reader performance and variations in flat polyp morphology.
Mobile DR helps cut ED image transmission times March 9, 2008 -- VIENNA - Using a mobile digital radiography (DR) system in the emergency department (ED) ward helped a radiology department at a French hospital cut the amount of time to image ED patients in half, according to a presentation on Sunday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology. But the department's efforts to make the efficiency gains permanent have been stymied by government regulations on radiation exposure in healthcare facilities.
Dose studies delve into coronary CTA March 8, 2008 -- VIENNA - At the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) on Saturday, researchers presented a pair of studies that examined the radiation dose of coronary CT angiography (CTA). The first compared the dose of 64-slice CT to that of dual-source CT, and the other examined coronary CTA dose data from a multicenter trial.
7-tesla MRI pinpoints ankle damage in marathon runners March 8, 2008 -- VIENNA - Running a 26-mile marathon can cause both painful and painless ankle pathologies, as anyone who has attempted such a feat can attest. New research presented Saturday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) found that 7-tesla MRI scans can give clinicians insight into just how much ankle damage occurs from endurance running.
CAD provides mixed benefits for DR lung exams March 8, 2008 -- VIENNA - A pair of presentations on Saturday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology on computer-aided detection (CAD) for digital radiography (DR) reported mixed benefits for the software in detecting lung nodules in thoracic exams. The presenters discussed their experiences with a commercially available CAD product and its impact on radiologist performance in analyzing DR lung studies.
Finland on track to complete national EMR archive March 8, 2008 -- VIENNA - As Google and Microsoft compete to develop personal health record services in the U.S., Finland is on a fast track to complete a Web-based national electronic medical records (EMR) archive. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the archive will provide near-instant access to medical records by individuals and medical professionals.
ECR NSF studies raise as many questions as answers March 7, 2008 -- VIENNA - Three studies presented Friday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) reinforced a correlation between gadolinium MRI contrast and renal patients who subsequently developed nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). But significant questions still remain about the etiology of this mysterious disease.
ECR sessions examine DBT's effectiveness March 7, 2008 -- VIENNA - A series of presentations on digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) reported encouraging results with the technology. Clinical investigators shared their experiences with DBT systems from four different manufacturers, and reported on the advantages of DBT compared to conventional full-field digital mammography (FFDM).