Better workload measurements can enhance radiology's status
July 13, 2011 -- The myth persists among some clinicians and administrators that radiologists are an occasionally useful adjunct to the activity of so-called real doctors and are in no way central players in patient care, according to a senior Irish radiologist. Read More
Fuji's 3D mammo technology challenges tomosynthesis
July 13, 2011 -- Fujifilm Medical Systems Europe plans to introduce a 3D viewing system for its Amulet mammography system in the autumn. It will be unveiled in October at les Journées Françaises de Radiologie in Paris. An upgrade to the vendor's workstation will be introduced in November at the RSNA meeting in Chicago. Read More
What MRI can (and can't yet) do for cardiac imaging
July 12, 2011 -- MRI opens a window into heart disease that is more specialized and more powerful than other imaging methods. Still, many of MRI's best diagnostic tools remain clumsy and time-consuming, its images burdened by artifacts, and its results unproven, said a presenter at an MRI symposium in Berlin. Read More
Imaging establishes important role in gunshot injuries
July 12, 2011 -- Plain radiography and CT are the most commonly used modalities for imaging of gunshot wounds, but angiography and MRI are playing an increasing role, according to research presented at the 2011 U.K. Radiological Congress in Manchester. Read More
Perfusion CT can help assess coronary artery disease
July 12, 2011 -- CT angiography has carved out a niche in heart imaging thanks to its ability to display cardiac morphology. But German researchers think it could have a role to play in functional imaging as well with the use of a dynamic CT perfusion technique they've developed that measures myocardial blood flow. Read More
Who were the real movers and shakers in MRI's early days?
July 11, 2011 -- Huge controversy has surrounded the early development of clinical MRI. Numerous claims and counterclaims have been made. This latest installment of our history column takes a fresh look at the facts. Read More
German researchers look again at radiation protection
July 11, 2011 -- In a typical tertiary care hospital in Germany, only 30% of pediatric imaging exams performed emit ionizing radiation. For these procedures, however, radiation dose exposure needs to be kept low due to the patients' highly radiosensitive tissues, according to a new study. Read More
iSi 2011: Anatomy know-how proves crucial in brain deformities
July 8, 2011 -- Understanding brain development is central to diagnosing congenital malformations that often don't become apparent or are missed in childhood, according to a presenter at the International Symposium on State-of-the-Art Imaging (iSi 2011) in Bordeaux, France, on Thursday. Read More
Hungary counts the growing cost of brain drain
July 8, 2011 -- Hungarian radiology has become trapped in a vicious circle: A combination of low prestige, long hours, and low wages is driving a brain drain of the most experienced specialists to find work abroad, in particular to the Republic of Ireland, Scandinavia, the U.K., and now Germany. Read More
CE-MRI predicts survival in breast cancer patients after chemo
July 7, 2011 -- With the help of contrast-enhanced (CE) MRI, British researchers have found that patients with breast cancer who have higher levels of vascularization after two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy are likely to have lower survival rates, according to a study in the July issue of Radiology. Read More
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