European radiology mobilizes to stave off MRI safety rules March 9, 2007 -- VIENNA - A number of European academic societies, including the European Society of Radiology (ESR), have formed a coalition to try to prevent the adoption of safety rules set to go into effect in 2008 that could severely limit the types of MRI studies that can be conducted in the European Union. Called the Alliance for MRI, the coalition was launched here today at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
Scottish study shows potential gadolinium-NSF link March 9, 2007 -- VIENNA - A clutch of recently published research studies has demonstrated the possibility of a link between the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents and the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in patients with renal insufficiency. The link was further explored in a presentation by Scottish researchers today at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
Can ultrasound benefit from the rest of radiology? March 8, 2007 -- In part II of his two-part series on improving the clinical practice of ultrasound, Dr. Lars Thorelius from University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden, describes how his department has applied a radiological attitude and workflow to the modality, involving standardized scanning and full documentation, and the positive effects that have resulted.
Food for thought: Neuroimaging offers clues into eating-related psychopathology March 2, 2007 -- In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, AuntMinnie.com surveyed the latest research in eating-related imaging using functional MRI (fMRI). The European and U.S. studies examined appetite-related brain activity, the subjective quality of appetite, and cerebral processing of food-related stimuli by gender, as well as hunger and satiety in anorexia patients.
Testing procedure improves usability of DICOM CDs January 22, 2007 -- DICOM CDs are commonly used today to disseminate patient images and information, but many of them suffer from deficiencies that can hinder image viewing and integration into PACS networks. To help deal with the problem, the German Roentgen Society (DRG) initiated a quality assurance initiative designed to improve the quality of DICOM CDs.
GE Healthcare to expand once more with $8 billion Abbott deal January 19, 2007 -- GE Healthcare of Chalfont St. Giles, U.K., today released more details regarding its proposed $8.13 billion acquisition of Abbott Laboratories' primary in vitro diagnostics businesses and Abbott Point-of Care diagnostics business (formerly known as i-STAT).
German screening trial finds high accuracy for VC January 17, 2007 -- Results from the first 300 patients screened in the ongoing Munich Colorectal Cancer Prevention Trial indicate that virtual colonoscopy with 64-slice CT is sensitive and specific for the detection of polyps of all sizes. The researchers in Germany found that conventional colonoscopy had a slight edge in diminutive polyps, but virtual colonoscopy did a little better with the larger lesions.
French firm Biospace Med prepares for launch of EOS digital x-ray unit December 25, 2006 -- The vast majority of radiography systems currently on the market -- both digital and analog -- are based on a fairly conventional design that hasn't changed much in decades: an x-ray tube at one end and a film-screen cassette or detector at the other. But the new EOS system from French biotech firm Biospace Med represents a radical new design in digital radiography instrumentation that could carve out a niche when it becomes available in mid-2007.
CTCA shows cost-effectiveness in the EU November 27, 2006 -- CHICAGO - CT coronary angiography (CTCA) demonstrates a cost-effective method in the European Union (EU) for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease compared with traditional diagnostic modalities, according to data presented by German researchers at the 2006 RSNA meeting on Monday.
MRI, US far from idle for hand, wrist injuries November 6, 2006 -- MRI and ultrasound are equally valuable for assessing such conditions as tenosynovitis, skier's thumb, and vascular flow, according to several recently released studies. Researchers in Switzerland discuss why and how they use MR imaging for the small vessels of the hand. Meanwhile, investigators in Italy and Belgium put ultrasound to the test in the wrist and thumb.