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Cardiac specialist gives tips on optimizing CT image quality
June 30, 2011 -- Patient selection, preparation, and assessment are the vital considerations to ensure image optimization in cardiac CT, according Dr. James Stirrup of London's Royal Brompton Hospital. He offered tips on optimizing CT image quality at the recent British Institute of Radiology President's Conference.  Discuss
ESR publishes new set of training guidelines
June 30, 2011 -- The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has published a white paper containing guidelines and a proposed curriculum for teaching radiology in academic institutions. The white paper is part of a society-wide goal to improve and harmonize educational standards throughout Europe.  Discuss
Imaging gets star billing at 2012 Olympic Games
June 29, 2011 -- When the doors open to the medical facilities in London's Olympic Village next July, an impressive range of imaging equipment will be on display: two 3-tesla MR systems, a CT scanner, four ultrasound units, a digital radiography system, and a RIS/PACS. The total value will be about 7 million pounds.  Discuss
12-year outcomes of Dutch TME rectal cancer trial reported
June 29, 2011 -- Twelve-year outcomes of a Dutch study investigating the efficacy of preoperative radiotherapy with total mesorectal excision (TME) for rectal cancer are reported in the June issue of Lancet Oncology. They reconfirm the need to individualize treatments to prevent unnecessary suffering from toxicities.  Discuss
Open-source software fills niche needs in medicine
June 28, 2011 -- Should you join the open-source software movement? A presenter at the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) congress considers open-source software a great idea and outlined a way for interested medical researchers to try their hand at open-source software development.  Discuss
French researchers aim for standardization in CT reporting
June 28, 2011 -- CT has emerged as a critical validation tool in assessing tumors. Yet radiology has an image problem with oncologists. Standardization of reporting should help convince oncologists about the value of imaging for assessing treatment, and ensure radiologists improve their reporting quality, according to French researchers.  Discuss
Sectra to sell mammography business to Philips
June 27, 2011 -- Sectra is selling the vast majority of its mammography division to Philips Healthcare for 57.5 million euros ($82 million U.S.) to focus on developing its medical imaging IT business, as well as its orthopedics, osteoporosis assessment, and rheumatology portfolios.  Discuss
German group reports progress on dedicated breast CT
June 27, 2011 -- Dedicated breast CT has long been proffered as a potential rival to mammography for breast screening, but early prototype systems have been limited by higher radiation dose and lower resolution. In a new paper in European Radiology, however, Willi Kalender, PhD, reports progress in addressing both concerns.  Discuss
Medicine is not mathematics -- radiology reports are opinions
June 27, 2011 -- It is vital that IT solutions support best clinical practices and the interests of patients. Systems need to support clinical workflows for documenting multiple opinions/supplementary reports, said regular columnist Dr. Neelam Dugar.
CT reveals gender differences in metabolic syndrome
June 27, 2011 -- Men and women show important differences in the fat distribution patterns associated with metabolic syndrome as visualized on CT, according to a new study. The research was based on low-dose images acquired for virtual colonoscopy screening, hinting at potentially added value for VC studies.  Discuss
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