Some DSCT chest scans permit coronary evaluation
April 26, 2011 -- High-pitch chest imaging with dual-source CT (DSCT) is robust enough to image the coronary arteries in many patients -- despite fast heart rates and nongated CT acquisitions, according to a study conducted by a French group that included Dr. Martine Rémy-Jardin. Read More
Proposed radiation standard in Ireland relies on infant weight
April 25, 2011 -- Infant body weight has been given precedence over infant age in the Republic of Ireland, where a new diagnostic reference level standard is being developed to define radiation exposure limits from mobile chest x-ray performed in the country's neonatal intensive care services. Read More
Use lowest dose possible with helical perfusion CT, rad says
April 21, 2011 -- Radiologists need to be more "considerate" with their acquisition techniques, especially when patients are undergoing volumetric helical perfusion CT imaging of the thorax, abdomen, or pelvis, according to a new study to be published in the May issue of European Radiology. Read More
New Swiss center develops novel training approach
April 20, 2011 -- During its first year, the Academy for Medical Training and Simulation in Lucerne, Switzerland, has welcomed 4,500 course participants, predominantly for musculoskeletal training. It is now adapting its approach to suit the changing needs of modern healthcare. Read More
Water-fat separation sequence can't beat contrast MRI
April 20, 2011 -- When trying to find ways to cut contrast in patients scheduled for breast MRI, Italian researchers discovered that a noncontrast water-fat separation sequence was no better for evaluating tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy than standard contrast MRI. But noncontrast MRI still holds potential for monitoring therapy. Read More
Open MRI provides answers in excessively obese patients
April 19, 2011 -- Open MR examinations performed at specially equipped hospitals can help to overcome the hefty challenges posed by the growing number of excessively obese patients, according to German researchers. Read More
Rude awakening: Will radiographers eventually take over?
April 19, 2011 -- One of the topics at ECR 2011 in Vienna was carefully kept under wraps: the decision of a major Dutch hospital's department of radiology to train some of its radiographers to read images. It was not discussed on the stage, but rather in the corridors and at the coffee tables. Read More
New open protocols look set to eliminate image transfer on CDs
April 18, 2011 -- PISA, Italy - Transferring medical images in this all-digital age often continues to rely on cumbersome compact discs. Help is on the way, promises Chris Lindop, who heads the Interoperability & Standards Group for GE Healthcare and is the lead author for a new integration profile in the final stages of development. Read More
Radiographers reduce radiation exposure in Finland
April 18, 2011 -- Radiographers have an important role to play in monitoring patient radiation exposure and adjusting x-ray equipment settings when rates rise, according to Finnish researchers. Read More
Radiation reporting tools stalled in uncertain Euro markets
April 15, 2011 -- PISA, Italy - Growing concern for the ever-increasing radiation exposure in medical examinations has reached a fever pitch in the U.S. and has led European governments to call for patient dose reports from hospitals. The effort is hampered by scanners' and information systems' capabilities. Read More
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