U.K. issues new advice on reporting standards
April 23, 2018 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has updated its standards for any healthcare professional providing a report on an imaging investigation. The document defines best practice and emphasizes the importance of actionable reporting, according to RCR President Dr. Nicola Strickland.  Discuss
German newspapers and the gadolinium controversy
April 18, 2018 -- Not everything printed is true, but it may provide food for thought. This adage is particularly relevant when it comes to media coverage of the ongoing debate over the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents, writes the Maverinck in his latest column.  Discuss
Multiparametric MRI shines for suspected breast cancer
April 16, 2018 -- Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging each have advantages and disadvantages for assessing suspicious breast lesions. The optimal approach is multiparametric MRI using both methods, according to a new study published online in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss
Report to blame 'overburdened' staff for fatal MRI scan
April 12, 2018 -- A preliminary report into the death of a man pulled into the bore of an MRI scanner at an Indian hospital will blame an "overburdened" staff at the Mumbai hospital for not following proper security and safety procedures at the time of the January accident.  Discuss
MRI contrast: Unnecessary for follow-up in meningioma?
April 5, 2018 -- In the routine follow-up of patients with intracranial meningioma, unenhanced MRI scans are as effective in evaluating the disease as imaging with gadolinium contrast, according to a study from Turkey presented at ECR 2018 in Vienna.  Discuss
How to address image artifacts from patient motion
April 3, 2018 -- At a recent refresher course at ECR 2018, experts reviewed the options for motion management for improved diagnostic accuracy. What are some strategies to employ when using CT for cardiac patients? Or when using PET/CT? The experts reveal all.  Discuss
Are EMF levels acceptable in mobile MRI units?
April 3, 2018 -- An analysis of mobile MRI scanners in the U.K. shows compliance with standards for safe electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure for full-time clinical staff, but training should be implemented to further reduce exposure during the working week and when imaging patients.  Discuss
DWI-MRI gathers clinical momentum in cardiac cases
March 27, 2018 -- Cardiac MRI scans using a diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) protocol have become a feasible and reproducible technique that can depict the presence of myocardial edema in ischemic and inflammatory heart disease, according to researchers from Spain.  Discuss
PRECISION trial lauds MRI for prostate cancer detection
March 26, 2018 -- With its ability to accurately detect more malignant prostate cancer lesions than transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy, multiparametric MRI can reduce the frequency of the invasive procedures by as much as 28%, according to a multicenter, international study presented last week.  Discuss
MRI can advance soft-tissue sarcoma evaluation
March 23, 2018 -- By targeting certain biomarkers, conventional MRI scans can help accurately classify soft-tissue sarcoma after core needle biopsy, according to a French study presented at ECR 2018 in Vienna.  Discuss