U.K. regulator recommends prostate MRI before biopsy
December 14, 2018 -- The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the U.K. has supported the use of multiparametric MRI as a frontline tool in English hospitals to scan for prostate cancer, but the Royal College of Radiologists has already expressed concerns over the shortage of equipment to cope with the additional examinations.  Discuss
Imaging reveals subtle brain alterations in gaming addiction
December 14, 2018 -- New research involving the use of functional MRI has shown that internet gaming disorder is associated with gender-specific changes in the brain. Men have alterations in brain regions that affect impulse control, while women do not, according to a presentation at the RSNA 2018 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
US/MRI fusion software enhances prostate biopsies
December 6, 2018 -- Software that fuses ultrasound and MRI images for guidance of prostate biopsies can help surgeons find clinically significant prostate cancers that would have otherwise been missed, according to research published on 6 December in European Urology.  Discuss
How happy is your radiology department?
December 5, 2018 -- A department of 10 radiologists, each of whom goes to work determined to do precisely 10% of the work, will inevitably fail, Dr. Giles Maskell writes. He reflects on what makes for a healthy working environment and why it pays to let a little light into the darkness.  Discuss
Germans pinpoint how gadolinium passes through brain
December 4, 2018 -- German researchers have found a way to monitor precisely how gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) enter the brain via the glymphatic pathway. This aspect has been overlooked and misinterpreted in the past, and the discovery may have important clinical implications, they emphasize.  Discuss
BMJ: GP requests rise threefold in 15 years
November 30, 2018 -- General practitioners (GPs) in the U.K. are ordering more than three times as many diagnostic tests compared with 15 years ago, and these tests are costing the National Health Service more than 2.8 billion pounds a year, according to an article published online on 29 November by BMJ.  Discuss
U.S.-Swiss study adds to concerns on gadolinium
November 30, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Increased signal intensities in different brain regions, presumably caused by linear and macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents, may be an indication that gadolinium accumulation is more widespread than previously thought, a study presented on Wednesday at RSNA 2018 has found.  Discuss
Momentum gathers behind MRI for lung cancer screening
November 28, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Nearly a decade ago, CT surpassed x-ray as the imaging modality of choice for lung cancer screening. But could there be an even better option for the test? Researchers from the U.S., Switzerland, and Germany made the case for MRI in a session on Monday at RSNA 2018.  Discuss
German study shows lingering effect of linear GBCAs
November 23, 2018 -- How do different gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) affect gadolinium retention in the brain? In rats, concentrations of linear GBCAs were several dozen times greater one year after administration than levels of macrocyclic GBCAs, German researchers found in a study published online on 13 November in Radiology.  Discuss
ESR puts renewed emphasis on clinical audits
November 22, 2018 -- An updated edition of a clinical audit tool is to be published in January 2019, delegates learned at the European Society of Radiology (ESR) Annual Leadership Meeting, held in Berlin on 16 November.  Discuss