Multidirectional spectroscopy enables human neuroimaging
April 18, 2019 -- Researchers have used a multidirectional functional near-infrared spectroscopy system for human neuroimaging. Their novel approach produces a richer dataset and could improve 3D visualization of brain activity.  Discuss
Focused ultrasound releases cancer drugs on target
March 29, 2019 -- Researchers from the U.K. are using computational planning models to determine the focused ultrasound parameters required to release drugs from liposomes, without the need for real-time thermometry. This approach could make ultrasound-mediated targeted drug delivery more widely accessible and simpler to administer than techniques that use MRI guidance.  Discuss
PET/MRI study links inflammation to atherosclerosis
March 26, 2019 -- In a novel study that tracked employees at a Spanish bank, researchers used PET/MRI to detect signs of atherosclerotic disease and inflammation in arterial regions that had not yet developed plaques. The finding could provide an early biomarker of future risk of heart attack and stroke.  Discuss
Ga-68 PMSA PET/CT tops for prostate cancer recurrence
March 25, 2019 -- PET/CT with the radiopharmaceutical gallium-68 (Ga-68) prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) should be the choice over whole-body-MRI for detecting prostate cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy, a German group advocates in a study published by the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
New PET tracers show immense promise in cancer imaging
March 22, 2019 -- Researchers from the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg have reported that two new radiotracers achieved substantially shorter image acquisition times than FDG-PET scans and required no fasting or dietary changes in a new study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. This may give a timely boost to cancer detection, they say.  Discuss
New report finds serious shortage of oncologists in U.K.
March 20, 2019 -- A comprehensive survey by the Royal College of Radiologists has highlighted the scale of the ongoing shortage of oncology staff in the U.K. Its annual census of 62 major cancer centers found more than 7.5% of consultant posts were vacant, and services are maintained only by large amounts of overtime.  Discuss
Radiology road map charts major changes ahead in Russia
March 15, 2019 -- Radiology continues to evolve in Russia. The government has unveiled a five-year "road map" for the Moscow region in a bid to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Prof. Sergey Morozov, PhD, elaborates on the path that lies ahead.  Discuss
New ESR president lays out clear vision for ECR 2020
March 8, 2019 -- ECR will move from its late February slot to mid-March next year. What does the man in charge of ECR 2020 have up his sleeve? What novel features can you expect? What's his own background? Incoming European Society of Radiology (ESR) President Prof. Boris Brkljačić from Zagreb, Croatia, provides some answers in this Q&A interview.  Discuss
How will a no-deal Brexit affect U.K. nuclear medicine?
March 6, 2019 -- How will nuclear medicine services in the U.K. be affected in the event of a no-deal Brexit? Three U.K. groups, including the Royal College of Radiologists, have issued guidance on what to expect regarding the supply of radiopharmaceuticals if no deal is agreed with the European Union before the planned deadline of 29 March.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2019: Thomas Beyer on going hybrid
March 1, 2019 -- VIENNA - How is hybrid imaging faring across Europe, and are ongoing turf battles between radiology and nuclear medicine getting resolved? We asked Thomas Beyer, PhD, MBA, to reflect on these issues and his first year as president of the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translation Imaging (ESHIMT), as well as the next 12 months ahead.  Discuss