Novel method automates noncontrast 3D CT segmentation
January 29, 2019 -- Dutch and Danish researchers have developed a fully automated technique to segment and collect measurements of the aorta from noncontrast 3D CT scans, according to an article published online on 23 January in European Radiology. The technique proved to be as effective as standard manual methods.  Discuss
What can radiologists learn from skiers?
January 28, 2019 -- Research on avalanche safety shows that training doesn't offer complete protection against making bad decisions, and well-trained, sensible people are led astray by their own cognitive biases. That rings true as much for radiology as for winter sports, Dr. Giles Maskell writes.  Discuss
3D printing can help reduce tumor surgery time
January 28, 2019 -- Researchers from Spain have used a 3D-printed model of the thoracic wall to plan and guide tumor resection for a 64-year-old man -- allowing them to complete the surgery two hours faster than the average operating time.  Discuss
To be seen or not seen, that is the question for radiology
January 25, 2019 -- Once viewed as an "ancillary" service, radiology and its status and profile have risen steadily over the years, but more direct contact with patients now is essential if the profession is to rise to the next level, the Maverinck writes.  Discuss
Patients' eye shields rarely have impact on diagnosis
January 23, 2019 -- Allowing patients to wear eye shields to protect the eye lens from radiation during CT scans caused some image artifacts, but these rarely affected interpretation of the examination in a new study by researchers from Germany, published online on 15 January.  Discuss
MRI takes giant strides in diagnosing sarcopenia
January 22, 2019 -- Prizewinning researchers from Spain are convinced that advanced MRI sequences and associated parameters are making rapid progress, and they may play a future role in monitoring the progression and treatment of sarcopenia, an increasingly common disease involving loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function due to aging.  Discuss
Golf, gardening, and gadding about
January 21, 2019 -- What do radiologists do when they retire? Dr. Paul Dubbins, who played the grumpy old man in Vienna in the classic ECR video sketch, describes how he spends his time now that he's left full-time employment. He's keeping well clear of cruise ships, golf courses, and large gardens and has no plans to report chest x-rays.  Discuss
RCR: Checklists can save lives and careers
January 18, 2019 -- "The best radiologist I ever met was also the one with the saddest career-ending story," noted Dr. Tony Nicholson from Leeds, U.K. "Experienced in hundreds of biopsies, he got the wrong side one day. He was busy and distracted," he said. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) thinks safety checklists can help avoid situations like this.  Discuss
Imaging aquatic life: Diving into the unknown
January 16, 2019 -- VALENCIA - The creatures that live under the sea have inspired humans over history, and even the congress poster for ECR 2019 has a nautical theme, but many aquatic species remain elusive. Imaging can help reveal some of their secrets and protect and care for them, a veterinarian from Spain told attendees at a recent congress.  Discuss
How to avoid pitfalls in interpretation of adrenal imaging
January 15, 2019 -- A clear understanding of the pitfalls in the performance and interpretation of adrenal CT can help prevent incorrect and inappropriate investigations, award-winning researchers from a top London facility have found. It's essential to keep aware of the full range of pseudolesions and mimics, they said.  Discuss