To be seen or not seen, that is the question for radiology
January 25, 2019 -- Once viewed as an "ancillary" service, radiology and its status and profile have risen steadily over the years, but more direct contact with patients now is essential if the profession is to rise to the next level, the Maverinck writes.  Discuss
MRI optimizes photodynamic therapy efficacy
January 24, 2019 -- Photodynamic therapy uses a light-activated drug to create reactive oxygen species that kill nearby cancer cells, but its use is limited by the low penetration of light into tissue and insufficient accumulation of the photosensitizing drug in tumors. Russian researchers have devised an MRI-based method to overcome this hurdle.  Discuss
MRI takes giant strides in diagnosing sarcopenia
January 22, 2019 -- Prizewinning researchers from Spain are convinced that advanced MRI sequences and associated parameters are making rapid progress, and they may play a future role in monitoring the progression and treatment of sarcopenia, an increasingly common disease involving loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function due to aging.  Discuss
Golf, gardening, and gadding about
January 21, 2019 -- What do radiologists do when they retire? Dr. Paul Dubbins, who played the grumpy old man in Vienna in the classic ECR video sketch, describes how he spends his time now that he's left full-time employment. He's keeping well clear of cruise ships, golf courses, and large gardens and has no plans to report chest x-rays.  Discuss
RCR: Checklists can save lives and careers
January 18, 2019 -- "The best radiologist I ever met was also the one with the saddest career-ending story," noted Dr. Tony Nicholson from Leeds, U.K. "Experienced in hundreds of biopsies, he got the wrong side one day. He was busy and distracted," he said. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) thinks safety checklists can help avoid situations like this.  Discuss
How to differentiate glioblastoma from brain metastasis
January 17, 2019 -- Researchers from Israel have shown the clinical potential of using automatic classification based on a single contrast of MRI to differentiate glioblastoma from brain metastasis. They've published their findings online on 11 January in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Meet the finalists for EuroMinnies 2019
January 16, 2019 -- Competition has been intense for the EuroMinnies,'s campaign to recognize the best and brightest in European medical imaging. We received dozens of nominations, but our expert panel has now whittled down the initial list of 97 candidates to 16 finalists in eight categories. Find out who made the final cut.  Discuss
Imaging aquatic life: Diving into the unknown
January 16, 2019 -- VALENCIA - The creatures that live under the sea have inspired humans over history, and even the congress poster for ECR 2019 has a nautical theme, but many aquatic species remain elusive. Imaging can help reveal some of their secrets and protect and care for them, a veterinarian from Spain told attendees at a recent congress.  Discuss
Support gathers for commercial launch of open Lego MRI
January 14, 2019 -- A radiographer in the U.K. is trying to secure support for the idea of a Lego open MRI scanner in a bid to convince the Danish company to offer a replica of a suite as a commercial product. This follows the development and use of Lego MRI by a group of U.S. and Dutch radiologists in 2015.  Discuss
Norwegians offer theory for risks of football heading
January 11, 2019 -- Researchers from Norway are offering a theory for a puzzling question on the risks of heading a football -- why does the practice seem to affect female players more than their male counterparts? They believe the phenomenon could be related to the size and weight of the ball relative to player size.  Discuss