ECR 2012 News
Modality choice poses difficulties in hip joint replacement
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - Total hip arthroplasty is one of the most effective and rapidly growing orthopedic reconstruction procedures. This means radiologists can expect to see many more hip prosthesis failures over the coming years, but deciding which imaging modality to use to detect them remains problematic.  Discuss
PACS providers innovate to broaden availability of digital images
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - PACS has become a vital component in the radiologist's toolbox, but beyond radiology it's often a different story. Therefore, PACS vendors are working hard to create technologies that allow images to be available hospital-wide, as well as integrate all relevant documents into the electronic archive.  Discuss
Egypt's national breast screening program is put firmly on the map
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - Breast cancer accounts for 33% of all female cancers in Egypt, and its incidence will continue to rise, noted Prof. Dorria Salem, director of the national women's outreach program for breast cancer screening, in Saturday's European Society of Radiology meets Egypt session.  Discuss
Maroldi takes ECR delegates into head and neck imaging's future
March 4, 2012 -- VIENNA - Small is beautiful when it comes to head and neck imaging, particularly because the small structures are so fascinating to explore, according to Prof. Roberto Maroldi, head of radiology at the University of Brescia, Italy, who spoke at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR).  Discuss
CAD aids in stenosis detection on coronary CTA
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - Computer-aided detection (CAD) software can accurately rule out stenosis on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) in patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate risk of acute coronary syndrome, according to research presented at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
CAD could become a second reader in breast imaging
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - The use of computer-aided detection (CAD) in breast cancer screening is quickly approaching the level of experienced radiologists and may soon be used as a second or third reader, said a presenter on Saturday morning at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
ECR sketch: Part 2 -- A dummy's guide to lecturing
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - The Maverinck attended the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), and to mark the occasion he wrote two special columns. In this second column, he offers advice for those lecturing to a mass audience.  Discuss
Operating beyond 3T: Is clinical use in reach?
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - The standard field strength of clinical MR units is still 1.5 tesla, but the past five years have seen a tremendous increase in the number of devices operating at 3.0 tesla. In addition, whole-body systems up to 9.4 tesla have become available in experimental settings and have already proved to be significantly beneficial in special purpose examinations.  Discuss
MRI and CT provide substantial boost to ischemic stroke care
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - Vascular imaging in ischemic stroke looks poised to enter an exciting phase, with the optimization of new and more accurate flow-sensitive MR sequences, and in CT, with the development of software platforms capable of differentiating the various components of plaque.  Discuss
ECR exhibitors unveil latest innovations and upgrades in MRI
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - MRI system developers are working hard to find new features that will convince customers to give their products a second look. A wide variety of developments designed to improve productivity and enhance patient care is on show at this year's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) technical exhibition.  Discuss