How AI can help improve hip fracture diagnosis
July 31, 2020 -- Researchers have found that the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) deep convolutional neural network to evaluate x-ray images can enhance radiologist performance in identifying hip fractures. They published their findings on 23 July in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Urine test and CT can boost detection of adrenal cancer
July 29, 2020 -- Employing a "triple test strategy" that combines lab work and imaging could improve the detection of adrenal cancer and reduce costs and time to surgery for patients, according to a pan-European study published online on 23 July in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.  Discuss
German team identifies cardiac problems after COVID-19
July 28, 2020 -- Researchers from Frankfurt in Germany have highlighted yet another facet of COVID-19 that must be tracked. They've used cardiac MRI to show that patients who have recovered from the disease may be at risk of heart complications.  Discuss
ECR 2020: COVID-19's nonpulmonary manifestations
July 18, 2020 -- COVID-19 often initially presents as respiratory disease, but it also has serious nonpulmonary manifestations, according to a session held on 16 July at the virtual edition of ECR 2020.  Discuss
CT, MRI waiting lists grow significantly in England
July 16, 2020 -- More than half of patients in England referred for imaging are waiting for six weeks or more, and that number increased from fewer than 20,000 in May 2019 to nearly 327,000 in May 2020, according to a report posted on 14 July by the Guardian. It's the perfect storm, admits the Royal College of Radiologists.  Discuss
How has radiology education fared in COVID-19 pandemic?
July 14, 2020 -- Training and education remain the prime focus of ECR, and on the eve of this year's congress, Prof. Dr. Laura Oleaga, PhD, speaks about how the European Board of Radiology (EBR) and her department in Barcelona have been affected by the pandemic. In this video interview, she also reflects on winning the top educator award in the 2020 EuroMinnies.  Discuss
Gadolinium-free MRI proves value in acute ischemic stroke
July 13, 2020 -- Award-winning German researchers have developed a clinically viable method for imaging of the extracranial arteries in cases of acute ischemic stroke without the use of gadolinium contrast agents. They've presented their findings in an e-poster for ECR 2020.  Discuss
U.K. team highlights COVID-19's neurological signs
July 9, 2020 -- Investigators from a leading London facility have outlined the neurological manifestations of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection in a new study published on 8 July in Brain. They hope the article will enable clinical colleagues to better recognize and treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.  Discuss
COVID-19: Attention shifts to MRI infection control
July 9, 2020 -- Cleaning procedures for CT units used to scan COVID-19 patients have remained a hot topic since March, but now that it's becoming clear the disease can cause brain alterations, more consideration is being given to how radiology departments are dealing with infection control in the MRI suite.  Discuss
Brain MRI accounts for most gadolinium deposits in France
July 8, 2020 -- French researchers have assessed national and regional evolution of gadolinium consumption and found that an increase in MRI machines over the past eight years correlates with an increase in annual gadolinium consumption, but gaps remain in protocols to limit the human and environmental impact.  Discuss