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Dutch doctors tout ultrasound for appendicitis in children, caution against CT overuse

March 10, 2008 Dutch doctors tout ultrasound for appendicitis in children, caution against CT overuse Frances Rylands-Monk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The number of CT scans performed in the pediatric abdomen in the U.S. is high compared with Europe, possibly because doctors fear legal action in the case of a missed pathology or disease. Rather than using CT for appendicitis, many doctors in the Netherlands still prefer to use ultrasound to… Continue

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Doppler ultrasound provides clear diagnosis of tennis elbow

March 10, 2008 Doppler ultrasound provides clear diagnosis of tennis elbow Wendy Despain -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Neovascularity measured with power Doppler ultrasound can be used to both diagnose and rule out tennis elbow. This approach could improve patient care, as clinicians start their search sooner for less common causes of elbow pain, instead of waiting to see if treatment for tennis elbow resolves the problem. Dr. Cornelius du Toit… Continue

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Delayed-enhancement MR saves senior marathon runners from lethal lap

March 10, 2008 Delayed-enhancement MR saves senior marathon runners from lethal lap H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marathon runners 50 years or older may face a higher than expected risk of sudden cardiovascular accidents. MR imaging with late gadolinium enhancement may help identify these athletes in time to keep them from potentially deadly episodes, according to German researchers. Regular physical exercise reduces cardiovascular… Continue

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Data stored on CD media show vulnerability to alteration

March 10, 2008 Data stored on CD media show vulnerability to alteration Douglas Page -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Physical security issues for CD media used to transfer imaging data from one institution to another have been well documented. Discs tend to stack up in back offices and are frequently lost. A study from Denmark reveals that data on the disc are not well-protected either and are vulnerable to easy alteration (J Digit Imaging 2007… Continue

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CT assists in aftermath of terror attacks

March 10, 2008 CT assists in aftermath of terror attacks Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radiologists are playing a central role in the aftermath of terror attacks in Israel, delegates heard on Sunday. CT is now regarded as the primary diagnostic tool in incidents involving multiple casualties, Dr. Ahuva Engel told attendees at the "ESR meets Israel" session. Between 2000 and 2007, Israel was subject to 148 suicide attacks and… Continue

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Vendors match wares in first ECR workstation face-off

March 10, 2008 Vendors match wares in first ECR workstation face-off John C. Hayes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Representatives for five workstation vendors worked fast and furiously to complete an assigned set of image postprocessing tasks during the ECR's first workstation face-off Saturday. The tasks covered common challenges in postprocessing: finding and measuring coronary stenoses revealed on coronary CT scans and polyps obtained via CT… Continue

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Cardiac radiology enters vital new phase

March 10, 2008 Cardiac radiology enters vital new phase Philip Ward -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cardiac imaging is at a crossroads, according to next year's ECR president. He's not alone in holding such an opinion. Advances in CT and MR are expanding the role of these modalities, and highly promising results from coronary CT angiography are boosting the demand for 64-slice CT scanners. But uncertainty remains, said Prof. Borut Marincek, chair… Continue

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CAD nears clinical significance in pulmonary emboli

March 10, 2008 CAD nears clinical significance in pulmonary emboli H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Computer-aided detection may lend an extra punch to the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with multislice and dual-energy CT scanners. Studies by French and German researchers have shown it helps detect small, hard-to-spot clots lodged in the lungs' periphery. Multislice CT angiography has become the diagnostic standard in pulmonary… Continue

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CAD emphasis shifts to diagnosis

March 10, 2008 CAD emphasis shifts to diagnosis Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Computer-aided detection and diagnosis tools were showcased at Saturday's "ESR meets Germany" session. Speakers highlighted four key clinical areas where advances could make a real difference to diagnostic decision making. The potential of CAD in breast imaging was first noted back in 1967, said Prof. Ulrich Bick, a professor of radiology at the Charité… Continue

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Automatic referral of patients with back pain to MRI makes neither economic nor clinical sense

March 10, 2008 Automatic referral of patients with back pain to MRI makes neither economic nor clinical sense Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Days spent sitting in lecture theatres and seminar rooms, long hikes from scientific sessions to the exhibition hall with a briefcase under one arm and a weighty conference bag on the other shoulder, evenings hunched over a laptop putting the final touches to the next day's presentation… It… Continue

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64-slice CT shows value for the assessment of the right heart

March 10, 2008 64-slice CT shows value for the assessment of the right heart H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The enhanced spatial resolution and speed afforded by 64-slice CT scanning could enable the accurate assessment of right ventricular function in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to researchers in China and the U.S. Anatomic and functional analysis of the right ventricle could add valuable information to the… Continue

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Ultrasound manufacturers address patient care with product innovations

March 10, 2008 Ultrasound manufacturers address patient care with product innovations John Bonner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of the world's smallest portable scanners, a new approach to 3D imaging, an award-winning convertible platform, and a novel method for detecting deep body tumors are among the many ultrasound highlights in the Technical Exhibition at ECR 2008. Hitachi Medical Systems is unveiling its real-time tissue elastography… Continue

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Report from ECR: NSF’s underlying causes remain elusive

March 10, 2008 Report from ECR: NSF’s underlying causes remain elusive H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The relationship between gadolinium-based contrast media for MRI and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis may be more nuanced than previously thought, according to several studies presented Friday at the 2008 ECR. Danish physicians rang the alarm in 2006 when they published data revealing a link between gadolinium-based contrast media and… Continue

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Report from ECR 2008: Delayed-enhancement MR saves senior marathon runners from lethal lap

March 10, 2008 Report from ECR 2008: Delayed-enhancement MR saves senior marathon runners from lethal lap H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marathon runners 50 years or older may face a higher than expected risk of sudden cardiovascular accidents. MR imaging with late gadolinium enhancement may help identify these athletes in time to keep them from potentially deadly episodes, according to German researchers. Regular physical exercise… Continue

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Report from ECR 2008: 64-slice CT shows value for the assessment of the right heart

March 10, 2008 Report from ECR 2008: 64-slice CT shows value for the assessment of the right heart H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The enhanced spatial resolution and speed afforded by 64-slice CT scanning could enable the accurate assessment of right ventricular function in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to researchers in China and the U.S. Anatomic and functional analysis of the right ventricle could add valuable… Continue

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NSF avoidance triggers debate

March 10, 2008 NSF avoidance triggers debate Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The controversial topic of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis drew a large crowd to a special focus session at the ECR. Delegates queued to quiz speakers about their recommendations for avoidance of the condition, ensuring a lively panel discussion. NSF has taken the medical community somewhat by surprise. The systemic disorder, which results in sclerodema-like… Continue

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Israel showcases tomorrow’s imaging tools

March 10, 2008 Israel showcases tomorrow’s imaging tools Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Delegates caught a glimpse of the future of radiological technology at Sunday's "ESR meets Israel" session. Israel may be relatively a small nation, with a population of just seven million, but it is making important contributions to innovation. About 900 companies are developing new pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare IT products.… Continue

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Innovation drives growth of hybrid imaging

March 10, 2008 Innovation drives growth of hybrid imaging Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Interest in multimodality imaging shows no sign of abating. New tracers are opening up the range of clinical applications, while novel technological solutions are paving the way for yet more modality marriages, according to speakers at Sunday's special focus session on hybrid imaging. Prof. Liselotte Højgaard, director of clinical physiology,… Continue

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Imaging comes of age in biomedical research

March 10, 2008 Imaging comes of age in biomedical research Philip Ward Radiologists must develop strategies for participating in the new age of imaging-based research. They need to join interdisciplinary teams, develop core imaging facilities for host institutions, involve themselves in small-animal imaging facilities, enter clinical research programs, and learn about PET and molecular imaging, which are at the core of pharmaceutical development. This was the advice of Prof. James H. Thrall,… Continue

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Fresh concepts could speed up MRI

March 10, 2008 Fresh concepts could speed up MRI Philip Ward -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Novel concepts and approaches are essential to speed up MRI examinations. Furthermore, pushing speed limits does not just mean doing the same things quicker — new application areas must also be found. These are the opinions of Prof. Jürgen Hennig, cochair and scientific director of the department of radiology and medical physics at Freiburg University… Continue

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