ECR 2016 News
Digital era of efficiency limiting clinical expansion of ultrasound
March 11, 2016 -- Today, ultrasound systems are almost as common in the emergency room as in the radiology department. However, the unique characteristics and functionality of ultrasound that have allowed application diversification is also creating some significant challenges, most notably in integration with rapidly expanding healthcare IT networks.  Discuss
Unprotected image servers remain a global problem
March 10, 2016 -- Despite widespread focus on the critical need for healthcare data security, many institutions still aren't getting the message. More than 800 servers worldwide storing DICOM image data are fully open to outside computers that could steal their data, according to a study presented at last week's ECR 2016.  Discuss
Top 5 trends from ECR 2016 in Vienna
March 9, 2016 -- As the European radiological community draws a collective breath from ECR 2016, it's a perfect time to reflect on the meeting and identify the major trends affecting medical imaging. Here are five central themes that circulated the halls of the Austria Center Vienna at this year's congress.  Discuss
Functional MRI of the brain: ABC for beginners
March 8, 2016 -- Functional MRI can inspire new treatment and rehabilitation protocols based on the neuronal plasticity and redistribution of the cortical representation of a function, but to accurately describe the location of lesions in their reports, it's vital radiologists recognize anatomical landmarks, noted award-winning Spanish researchers at ECR 2016.  Discuss
Parizel identifies youth as central theme for ECR 2017
March 7, 2016 -- Dr. Paul Parizel, PhD, from Antwerp, Belgium, is the incoming president of both the European Society of Radiology and the European Congress of Radiology. In this interview, he speaks about this new position, his visions for the society, and his ideas for next year's congress.  Discuss
Dose monitoring software cuts dose notifications by half
March 6, 2016 -- VIENNA - Dose awareness among radiology staff is key to maintaining optimal dose levels, concluded several presenters of dose monitoring studies at ECR 2016. Among them, a Swiss group found that running dose monitoring software in real-time and requiring technologists to report the results slashed the number of dose notifications due to technologist error.  Discuss
Interventional radiology needs accurate dose tracking
March 6, 2016 -- VIENNA - Radiation dose from interventional radiology procedures continues to increase, and it's critical to have mechanisms to estimate and track dose accurately for both patients and equipment operators, according to a presentation on Sunday at ECR 2016.  Discuss
Algorithm quantifies airway disease at CT
March 6, 2016 -- VIENNA - A fully automated algorithm to evaluate airway disease produced good to excellent results from MDCT images, according to research from Germany presented this week at ECR 2016.  Discuss
Radiology and the law in Colombia: From practice to reality
March 6, 2016 -- Colombia is forging ahead when it comes to implementing laws and regulations specific to radiology and diagnostic imaging. At today's "ESR meets Colombia" session, speakers from the country's radiology community will present their recommendations for other nations to consider the Colombian experience to maintain and raise the quality standard in radiology.  Discuss
Industry repositions digital x-ray to meet new clinical challenges
March 6, 2016 -- Imaging professionals need their equipment to be practical and adaptable, so the new digital x-ray technologies on display in the exhibition halls at ECR 2016 have been designed to produce high-quality diagnostic images across a range of clinical applications, while allowing the patient to maintain a comfortable (and dignified) posture.  Discuss