Fast thoracic MRI emerges as alternative to chest x-ray
August 10, 2018 -- How does MRI compare with chest x-ray in detecting cardiac and noncardiac findings? Very similarly, according to new research from Italy. Both modalities identified pulmonary nodules, had similar pulmonary nodule detection rates, and more.  Discuss
Radiology mourns forensic expert Dr. Hermann Vogel
August 10, 2018 -- The creator and organizer of a series of special exhibitions at ECR, Dr. Hermann Vogel, died on 30 July at the age of 76. A recognized international expert in forensic imaging, he made over 40 trips to war zones and areas of crisis across the globe to investigate human rights abuses.  Discuss
How safe are tattoos and implants in MRI?
August 8, 2018 -- A study of more than 300 patients at a top London facility has found the risk of a tattoo-related adverse event occurring during 3-tesla MRI is less than 1%. New German research also suggests that 7-tesla scans of patients with tattoos and implants are safe, but precautions are vital.  Discuss
MRI quality training comes up short
August 3, 2018 -- A study conducted by Irish and Saudi researchers into opinions and attitudes among MRI professionals has revealed that radiographers have a low participation rate in quality assurance testing and may rely too heavily on equipment vendors for ongoing scanner performance.  Discuss
Can AI best quantitative MRI in prostate lesions?
August 2, 2018 -- Quantitative measurement of prostate MRI exams can yield better lesion characterization performance than just qualitative assessment by radiologists, German researchers have found. But can machine learning do even better? At least for now, the answer is no, according to a study published online on 31 July in Radiology.  Discuss
Bearded men pose greater hygiene risk than dogs in MRI
August 1, 2018 -- Patients should not feel unduly concerned if a dog was the previous visitor to the MRI unit, but they should worry if a bearded man has just been scanned. That's the key finding of a novel Swiss-led infection study published online by European Radiology on 30 July.  Discuss
AI algorithm predicts billing codes from MRI log data
July 31, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can accurately predict billing codes from log data of MRI studies, potentially helping to avoid coding errors and reducing radiographers' workload, German researchers reported at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting in Paris.  Discuss
MR device eases high-dose-rate brachytherapy
July 20, 2018 -- Dutch researchers have helped develop an MR-conditional afterloader that can operate simultaneously with an MRI scanner. It could enable real-time high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy source localization for treatment verification.  Discuss
U.K. regulator calls for urgent action on backlog of scans
July 19, 2018 -- After uncovering massive backlogs of imaging examinations at three hospitals in England, the Care Quality Commission has highlighted the need for immediate action in its comprehensive new review of radiology reporting, but Royal College of Radiologists President Dr. Nicola Strickland has renewed her plea for more resources.  Discuss
Cardiac MRI offers prognosis for hard-to-find infarctions
July 19, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI can play a critical role in helping to determine which patients suspected of having stable coronary artery disease could have an unrecognized myocardial infarction and an increased risk of an adverse cardiac event, according to a study published online recently in PLOS One.  Discuss