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).
Automated patient-based contrast application cuts CTA contrast volume, risk March 7, 2008 -- VIENNA - A work-in-progress application that bases coronary CT angiography (CTA) contrast dose and timing on a patient's individual cardiac output significantly reduces contrast media use and, by extension, the risk of nephropathy, according to a study presented Friday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
Routine CT scanning is most cost-effective for minor head injuries March 7, 2008 -- VIENNA - Trying to be more selective about which patients receive a CT scan following minor head injury may sound like a good idea, but most of the major selective strategies are less cost-effective and riskier to patients than just routinely scanning all such patients. That's according to new data presented Friday at the 2008 European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
Dual-source CT edges into cardiac SPECT turf March 6, 2008 -- U.S. researchers will use this week's European Congress of Radiology in Vienna to present research that shows dual-source CT making inroads into cardiac functional imaging, an area currently dominated by SPECT. The study moves dual-source coronary CT angiography closer to the holy grail of cardiac imaging -- a test that performs both morphological and functional analysis in a single scan.