Norwegian teleradiology project overcomes technical, political hurdles
April 11, 2007 -- Steering information from disparate RIS and PACS products throughout an enterprise has historically presented a challenge for IT system administrators: it can be done, it just hasn't been easy. One country that has tackled the challenge is Norway. In 2003, the regional health authority of western Norway initiated a teleradiology project to improve the retrieval of radiology exams across the entire region. In the process, both management and technology hurdles were overcome. Read More
GRAPPA MRA curtails gadolinium dose in peripheral arterial occlusive disease
March 21, 2007 -- Using a parallel acquisition technique can reduce the amount of gadolinium needed for intra-arterial MRI, according to Swiss imaging experts. Furthermore, a high contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) can be achieved in the vessel lumen, they wrote in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
Siemens, BrainLab bring intraoperative CT scanner to the U.S.
March 20, 2007 -- U.S. facilities are about to get their first look at a novel concept in intraoperative CT, thanks to a partnership between image-guided therapy firm BrainLab and Siemens Medical Solutions. The companies have developed an intraoperative CT system that slides into position for use during surgical procedures, eliminating the need to move patients out of the operating suite for additional imaging. Read More
German group presents results with prototype breast CT scanner
March 11, 2007 -- VIENNA - A German research group presented preliminary work on a dedicated breast CT scanner at this week's European Congress of Radiology (ECR). While the group has only studied phantoms with the prototype system, their results so far indicate that the scanner can achieve twice the resolution of conventional mammography at an equivalent radiation dose. Read More
Reconstruction kernel dramatically affects stent evaluation
March 11, 2007 -- VIENNA - If the results of a phantom study are valid in patients, the choice of reconstruction kernel with 64-slice CT has a critical impact on coronary artery stent evaluations. And as Dr. Florian Wolf explained at today's cardiac imaging sessions at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), the evaluation of stents for detecting restenosis is critical for patient outcomes. Read More
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). Read More
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). Read More
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. Read More
Food for thought: Neuroimaging offers clues into eating-related psychopathology
March 2, 2007 -- In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, 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. Read More
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. Read More
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