Merging PET and MRI assists in large-vessel vasculitis
September 12, 2019 -- French investigators have combined contrast-enhanced anatomic assessments of MRI with the quantitative measurement of FDG uptake in PET to accurately characterize and differentiate between inflammation and fibrosis in the aortic walls and auxiliary branches of patients with large-vessel vasculitis.  Discuss
ESR seeks to demystify biomarkers
September 9, 2019 -- The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has issued a detailed set of recommendations designed to promote the use of validated imaging biomarkers as clinical decision-making tools. Prof. Nandita deSouza explains the rationale behind this initiative.  Discuss
ESC: Cancer cases rise in developed world
September 3, 2019 -- Fresh statistics presented at this week's European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Paris confirm that cancer is now the leading cause of death in high-income countries, while heart disease burden persists in less prosperous countries.  Discuss
MRI identifies white-matter lesions in heart failure cases
September 3, 2019 -- White-matter lesions linked with dementia and cognitive impairment are as common in heart failure patients as they are in those with a history of stroke, according to the latest results from a large German study presented on 2 September at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Paris.  Discuss
Novel contrast-free MRI technique measures heart strain
August 30, 2019 -- A team of investigators from the U.K. has used 3D MRI to work out a patient's cardiac muscle strain. They have described how their method can boost the accuracy of quantifying cardiac health without the need for gadolinium contrast in an article published online on 28 August by Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Would you like gadolinium with your chips?
August 28, 2019 -- New research has found that Coca-Cola served at McDonald's and Burger King outlets in six large German cities had trace elements of gadolinium from gadolinium-based contrast agents used in MRI scans. The levels are rising and causing growing concern, but the health risk remains low, experts say.  Discuss
3D models show osteoarthritis risk after knee surgery
August 27, 2019 -- A Scandinavian-led research group has developed a virtual 3D modeling technique that may provide a pathway to patient-specific clinical evaluation of osteoarthritis risks in those with anterior cruciate ligament tears and indicate optimal rehabilitation protocols.  Discuss
Spanish find key to success in liver transplant cases
August 26, 2019 -- Early detection of vascular complications of liver transplantation is vital to establish effective treatment, and this can determine the outcome of transplantation, patient mortality, and morbidity, according to an experienced group of gastrointestinal and abdominal imaging specialists from Valencia, Spain.  Discuss
MRI reveals molecular composition of the brain
August 22, 2019 -- Researchers from Israel have developed a model that compares the water content of the brain with measures of physical properties obtained from MRI scans to calculate the molecular composition of lipids in the brain. The technique may help detect changes in the biological makeup of the brain over time and identify key changes associated with diseases like Alzheimer's.  Discuss
Maverinck responds to Karolinska radiology chief's rebuttal
August 20, 2019 -- The people to blame for the controversial construction of the New Karolinska have gone into hiding and rely on smoke-screen tactics, while those now trying to run the dysfunctional hospital are faced with operational problems beyond belief and major financial restrictions, writes the Maverinck.  Discuss