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
Imaging shows value in congenital agenesis of pericardium
July 17, 2018 -- Congenital agenesis of the pericardium is often discovered as an incidental finding, but Greek researchers have now demonstrated that CT and MRI can reveal important information about this rare cardiac malformation.  Discuss
3D cardiac model enhances heart valve surgery
July 13, 2018 -- Researchers from Germany have developed software that uses ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans of the heart to produce virtual 3D models depicting different stages of heartbeat, according to a presentation at the recent Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 2018 international congress in Berlin.  Discuss
Imaging pioneer Achenbach secures Europe's top cardiac post
July 11, 2018 -- Radiology is about to get a powerful new ally at the helm of cardiology after the European Society of Cardiology announced this week that Dr. Stephan Achenbach, head of cardiology at the University of Erlangen in Germany, has won the election to be its next president.  Discuss
MRI scans show neckties cut blood flow to brain
July 9, 2018 -- You now have another reason to hate neckties. German researchers using MRI discovered that neckties can constrict blood flow to the brain, according to a study published online on 30 June in Neuroradiology.  Discuss