ECR 2012 News
3D or not 3D? No longer a question in liver imaging
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - The gap between reality and virtuality in liver imaging appears to be narrowing. At Friday's New Horizon's session at the European Congress of Radiology, attendees took a journey through time and space with four expert speakers.  Discuss
Keep aware of lung nodules to avoid malpractice claims
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - CT plays a critical role as an imaging biomarker for pulmonary nodules, and it can also help determine patient management, according to Dr. Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop, associate professor of radiology at Meander Medical Center, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.  Discuss
Controversy persists over breast screening for under 50s
March 3, 2012 -- VIENNA - Screening is effective in reducing breast cancer mortality in women ages 40 to 49, but false positives remain a serious problem, European Congress of Radiology attendees were told at a special focus session on Friday.  Discuss
Heavy calcium won't harm CCTA accuracy in advanced scanners
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - There's no reason to limit the use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) in patients with high calcium scores -- as long as the scanner is 64-detector-rows or higher, according to a new meta-analysis of 27 studies presented on Friday at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
Software tool provides data mining of radiology reports
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - A data-mining software platform can analyze text in German radiology reports and provide semantic links between images and textual descriptions, according to a presentation on Friday at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
New technology could become next primary breast cancer screener
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - Multimodal tomography, a 3D nonionizing diagnostic imaging technology, may one day overtake mammography as the primary breast screening method considering its high sensitivity and specificity, according to a Thursday presentation at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI breast screening works well in Austrian program
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - Breast MRI works well in a screening environment, according to results in more than 500 women who were examined in an Austrian national screening program. The modality could obviate the need for ultrasound for screening high-risk women, attendees learned on Thursday at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss
Imaging and therapy specialists combine to combat rectal cancer
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - The odds are unpleasantly high that a rectal cancer diagnosis will be a death sentence. Advanced imaging techniques, however, are offering new hope to both low-risk and high-risk patients. Radiologists collaborating with radiation oncologists have the potential to make a world of difference for these patients.  Discuss
Evidence-based controversies in breast MRI
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - Professor Francesco Sardanelli, director of radiology at the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato in Milan, Italy, will focus on evidence-based controversies in breast MRI during a dedicated course at the European Congress of Radiology. He also spoke with ECR Today about the topic.  Discuss
CT vendors concentrate on new systems' cost-effectiveness and lower doses
March 2, 2012 -- VIENNA - In times of shrinking budgets, radiology managers have to think even more carefully before investing in new systems, as well as try to ensure that such systems are used cost-effectively. Siemens aims to meet those needs with two new CT systems being showcased at the European Congress of Radiology.  Discuss