ECR 2018 News
Cybersecurity threats pose challenge to radiology's future
March 3, 2018 -- Keep aware of the need to protect imaging equipment from cyberrisks that pose a threat to the safety of patients and institutions, urged Dr. Jacob Sosna, president of the Israeli Radiology Association, in a session today on cybersecurity. He warned that a cyberattack could alter a patient's radiation dose during a CT scan, and an attack on the hospital's air-conditioning may shut down and damage CT and MRI machines.  Discuss
Musculoskeletal speakers reveal trade secrets on sports injuries
March 3, 2018 -- To achieve success and consistently good results in sports imaging, you must be descriptive in the radiology report, know what pitfalls to avoid, and find out what is important to the surgeon. That's the view of Dr. Theodore Miller, from Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University in New York City and a speaker at today's transatlantic master class on sports injuries.  Discuss
Contrast-enhanced mammography prepares to enter clinical mainstream
March 3, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) is gaining momentum, and like it or not, the technique will be a part of the workup for breast imaging in the future, not least because CESM rivals breast MRI in many ways, according to European breast imaging specialists.  Discuss
Extremity PET/CT scans unnecessary for melanoma patients
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - To save time and spare melanoma patients from additional radiation exposure, researchers are recommending that clinicians bypass imaging upper and lower extremities in whole-body FDG-PET/CT scans. The findings were presented on Thursday at ECR 2018.  Discuss
AI can help distinguish lung nodules on CT scans
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - Artificial intelligence (AI) offers value in characterizing nodules on CT lung cancer screening exams, possibly reducing the number of benign cases that are unnecessarily worked or followed up, according to a pair of Thursday presentations at ECR 2018.  Discuss
Philips signs deal with Hologic for mammography
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - Philips Healthcare has signed a deal with women's imaging firm Hologic concerning the distribution and sale of mammography equipment. The deal helps Philips shore up one of the weaker areas of its product lineup, while giving Hologic a relationship with a multimodality vendor.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2018: Alexander Radbruch on gadolinium retention
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - The debate over the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI shows no sign of going away, and U.S.-style lawsuits filed against radiologists and vendors in Europe is now a distinct possibility. Dr. Alexander Radbruch, JD, from Germany is both a lawyer and a radiologist, and he presents his views and ideas on this controversial topic.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2018: Nicola Strickland on workforce disruption
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - Brexit is already having significant workforce implications for radiology in the U.K., and it's likely to affect other important areas in the future, such as the supply of radioisotopes and the relationship between the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the European Society of Radiology (ESR). Dr. Nicola Strickland, president of the RCR, gives her opinions on the impact of Brexit and the risk of the U.K. being sidelined by the ESR.  Discuss
Pediatric patients use app to prep for MRI scan
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - The prospect of undergoing an MRI scan can trigger anxiety in any patient -- and arguably even more so in a child. To alleviate this and reduce anesthesia use, Danish radiologists helped develop an app that educates children about their pending experience, according to a study presented on Thursday at ECR 2018.  Discuss
Deep learning can detect intracranial calcifications on CT
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - A deep-learning algorithm can accurately detect and measure the volume of intracranial calcifications, potentially facilitating research that could lead to new treatments for intracranial atherosclerosis, according to findings presented on Thursday at ECR 2018.  Discuss