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New ideas confront challenges posed by PACS

March 9, 2008 New ideas confront challenges posed by PACS John Bonner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PACS developers face formidable challenges in their quest to create the ideal working environment for radiologists. These include coping with the explosion in the quantity of data produced in a modern hospital, efficiently retrieving and displaying that information both within the hospital environment and beyond, and achieving improved… Continue

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Study assuages cardiac CT radiation worries

March 8, 2008 Study assuages cardiac CT radiation worries Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patients' risk of developing a radiation-induced cancer is actually far lower than reports suggest, ECR delegates concerned about the level of radiation associated with cardiac CT were told in Vienna. The good news came courtesy of Dr. Joseph Schoepf, an associate professor of radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.… Continue

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Fibroid embolization still faces uncertain verdict

March 8, 2008 Fibroid embolization still faces uncertain verdict Paula Gould ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Uterine artery embolization was put on trial at the ECR. Evidence in favor of this minimally invasive procedure for women with symptomatic fibroids is mounting, but the case against its widespread use remains equally strong. What interventional radiologists must now decide is how to translate this qualified support into clinical practice.… Continue

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Experts outline pros and cons of functional MR and PET in clinical arena

March 8, 2008 Experts outline pros and cons of functional MR and PET in clinical arena Philip Ward -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some tantalizing glimpses into future clinical applications of functional MR and PET imaging were provided at Friday's New Horizons session. Using innovative sequence design and modern contrast media, most functional methods such as perfusion and diffusion can now be easily integrated into standard MRI protocols. This… Continue

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CT vendors renew emphasis on safety and speed

March 8, 2008 CT vendors renew emphasis on safety and speed John Bonner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Safety first is the watchword for developers and users of CT technology. While imaging power and range of clinical applications continue to expand, so too does the ingenuity applied by vendors in finding new methods to reduce patient radiation exposure.Most research into cutting the radiation dose for each scanning procedure has focused on… Continue

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Breast elastography techniques break new ground

March 8, 2008 Breast elastography techniques break new ground H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two new ultrasound elastography techniques show promise for the diagnosis and characterization of breast lesions, according to researchers from France and Korea. They could complement standard gray-scale sonography, evaluate suspicious microcalcifications detected with conventional mammography, and do away with unnecessary, painful needle… Continue

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Work-life balance: Flexibility or friction?

March 7, 2008 Work-life balance: Flexibility or friction? Dr. Clare Roche, consultant radiologist, University College Hospital, Galway, Republic of Ireland We all seem to be getting busier all the time. How can we maintain a healthy work-life balance? Many radiologists work full time and are parents or caregivers for dependent relatives. Even those radiologists without family commitments want to enjoy their leisure time. Flexibility is the new buzzword, but how can flexibility be integrated… Continue

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NSF’s underlying causes remain elusive

March 7, 2008 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 NSF in patients with… Continue

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American Cancer Society blesses virtual colonoscopy for screening

March 7, 2008 American Cancer Society blesses virtual colonoscopy for screening Shalmali Pal -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The American Cancer Society has added CT colonography to its approved list of colon cancer screening methods. Released this week, the new guidelines designate virtual colonoscopy as a "preferred" test that "finds polyps and cancer" and should be performed every five years. Other tests, such as fecal occult blood testing,… Continue

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Flat colorectal lesions show strong association with invasive carcinoma

March 6, 2008 Flat colorectal lesions show strong association with invasive carcinoma Shalmali Pal -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Flat or depressed colorectal neoplasms are more likely than polyps to contain in situ or submucosal carcinoma, according to a study released Wednesday. Unfortunately, these nonpolypoid lesions may be missed by colon cancer screening methods, according to gastroenterologists based in Palo Alto, CA. "Nonpolyoid… Continue

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Residents need representation at ECR

March 5, 2008 Residents need representation at ECR Miraude EAPM Adriaensen, M.D., MSc THE ECR: HOW TO GET THERE? One. The easy way. Have a head of department who sees the enormous educational and social value of the ECR for residents. Two. Write an educational and/or scientific abstract, get it accepted, and make sure you are the presenter. All presenters have to be present. Three. If you are a spring chicken (i.e., younger than 30 years of age), apply for the Invest in the Youth Program of the… Continue

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Professional issues come under scrutiny at ECR 08

March 5, 2008 Professional issues come under scrutiny at ECR 08 Philip Ward ECR is well known for its state-of-the-art clinical lectures and refresher courses, but its professional challenge sessions also look set to generate plenty of interest in Vienna in March. Delegates will learn more about women in radiology, quality management, and teleradiology. Other plenary talks will concentrate on interactions between general practitioners and radiologists. "We need to start the dialogue and engage… Continue

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PACS provides platform for new ways of working

March 5, 2008 PACS provides platform for new ways of working Paula Gould -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The switch from hard-copy workflow to digital imaging is gathering pace throughout Europe. For departments that have made the switch, the gains can be significant. Installing a PACS is just the first step, though. What really matters is how the technology is then used.Speakers at Friday morning's refresher course will tackle this topic head… Continue

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MR vendors take center stage in ECR’s Technical Exhibition

March 5, 2008 MR vendors take center stage in ECR’s Technical Exhibition John Bonner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A keen sense of anticipation is building up among ECR 08 delegates, as the deadline approaches for the grand opening of the Technical Exhibition on Friday afternoon.GE Healthcare's latest high-definition MR system, Signa HDxt, is available in both 1.5T and 3T field strengths. It has been developed with two applications, which the… Continue

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Functional MR reveals how brain bops during jazz improv

March 5, 2008 Functional MR reveals how brain bops during jazz improv Shalmali Pal -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To the listener, jazz improvisation is an aural flight of fancy, borne aloft by a musician's on-the-spot skill and imagination. But functional MRI results show the brain actually follows a grounded process of activation and deactivation during these spontaneous musical riffs, according to researchers from the National Institutes of… Continue

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Advanced pathology techniques challenge notions about breast cancer

March 5, 2008 Advanced pathology techniques challenge notions about breast cancer Emily Hayes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cutting-edge pathology techniques will demonstrate the true nature of breast cancer during the opening session of a categorical course Friday afternoon. Rare and potentially revolutionary, the new methods look set to challenge radiologists' understanding of breast cancer and could alter their approach to imaging… Continue

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What’s wrong with this list of imaging procedures? Plenty

March 4, 2008 Diagnostic Imaging. What’s wrong with this list of imaging procedures? Plenty John C. Hayes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- With success comes recognition and a certain degree of notoriety. Certainly radiology’s remarkable move into the center of the medical care process qualifies it for this status. Unfortunately, this level of recognition also turns radiology procedures into a much bigger target, with everyone from the Centers for… Continue

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SSFP serves as good start to abdominal MR exams

March 4, 2008 Diagnostic Imaging. SSFP serves as good start to abdominal MR exams James Brice -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The patient’s back pain was too severe to finish the MRI exam. Her conventional full MRI abdominal study was supposed to take 25 minutes, but—fortunately for her—she could tolerate lying in the scanner long enough to complete the protocol’s first sequence. Those five minutes were just enough time to complete the… Continue

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RSNA meeting sets record with 2007 show

March 4, 2008 Diagnostic Imaging. RSNA meeting sets record with 2007 show -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Big crowds combined with a huge technical exhibit and a voluminous array of scientific presentations backed up the RSNA’s claim that its conference has become the world’s largest international medical meeting. The 2007 event set an attendance record with 62,251 meeting-goers, an increase of 1% from the previous record set in 2006. Steve Drew,… Continue

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PET/CT can predict therapy response in some lymphomas

March 4, 2008 Diagnostic Imaging. PET/CT can predict therapy response in some lymphomas -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Johns Hopkins University study added to the growing base of evidence showing that quantitative PET/CT can predict the response to treatment in patients with bone metastases from lymphomas. Dr. Behnaz Goudarzi and colleagues retrospectively reviewed PET/CT reports from 1100 patients with lymphoma. They identified a subset of 28… Continue

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