RADIOLOGY NEWS
French team backs use of CTPA for pulmonary embolism
January 7, 2021 -- Investigators from Brest in France have found that CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) can play a key role in screening for pulmonary embolism in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who presented at the hospital with worsening respiratory symptoms. They published their results on 5 January in JAMA.  Discuss
Ultralow-dose CT proves viable for 3D printing
January 6, 2021 -- New research suggests that CT images acquired at ultralow radiation doses can be used to produce high-quality 3D-printed models of wrist fractures. The study findings were published online on 23 December in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
What impact will Brexit deal have on radiology?
January 5, 2021 -- The protracted political, economic, and regulatory game of chess played by London and Brussels finally came to an end when the U.K. and European Union's Trade and Cooperation Agreement was signed on 24 December. Market columnist Steve Holloway assesses the implications of the Brexit deal.  Discuss
New study confirms safety of ultrasound-guided vein access
January 5, 2021 -- Australian researchers have shown that ultrasound-guided tunneled central venous access is safe for children. Their randomized clinical trial included more than 100 patients and showed that ultrasound-guided placement reduced operating time and preserved vein size.  Discuss
Tribunal gives reprieve to radiologist after drinking session
January 4, 2021 -- Dr. Mathias Gruber, the German-trained radiologist who was dismissed after drinking the night before he reported for a shift at a U.K. hospital, will remain on the medical register following a five-day investigation, according to a report posted on 28 December by the Peterborough Telegraph newspaper.  Discuss
UCL team evaluates COVID-19's impact on emergency visits
January 4, 2021 -- Researchers from University College London (UCL) have estimated the effect of reduced accident and emergency visits for suspected cardiac disease on non-COVID-19 deaths. A 35% decline in visits early in the pandemic may have contributed to hundreds of avoidable deaths.  Discuss
Sweden's Karolinska unveils breast AI results
December 23, 2020 -- Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have found that a breast cancer risk assessment model based on artificial intelligence (AI) outperformed traditional methods. The AI model beat conventional risk models used alone and when combined with breast density data.  Discuss
Prototype breast device displays much promise
December 23, 2020 -- A team from Heidelberg in Germany has reported that a prototype device combining 3D automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed well in a feasibility study. The scanner identified 97% of cancers and added only about a minute to the DBT exam time.  Discuss
Coping with COVID-19: Moral values must play central role
December 22, 2020 -- To find answers on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be looking in the wrong place. As much as epidemiological science, moral values underpin the huge changes in society imposed by governments worldwide. We must examine our moral values more closely, writes interventional radiologist Dr. Chris Hammond.  Discuss
Frankfurt team optimizes chest CT of COVID-19 cases
December 22, 2020 -- Researchers from Frankfurt in Germany have used minimum intensity projection reconstructions to improve the accuracy of chest CT exams when it comes to identifying ground-glass opacity in patients with suspected COVID-19 disease. They published their findings on 14 December in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss