Successful pregnancies following uterine fibroid embolization are debunking the theory that the procedure should not be recommended for women who want to conceive despite having heavy fibroid volume. Among a cohort of more than 1200 embolization patients at an English hospital, 43 of 98 women who tried to conceive have been able to do so.
The majority of patients who undergo CT colonography, either with or without contrast, will produce studies that have at least one extracolonic anomaly. Most will not require further workup, however.
MR imaging diagnoses endometriosis so reliably that it outperformed the surgical gold standard for confirming its presence, according to an Oxford University study.
Siemens Medical Solutions has introduced at ECR a lightweight, mobile C-arm designed as an adjunct for cardiac and abdominal interventions. The Arcadis Avantic features a 20-kW generator with a continuous digital 1K by 1K image chain and a 13-inch image intensifier. The imaging chain can deliver 30 frames per second.
The need to deliver as little radiation as possible to patients was evident during a Monday scientific session on CT imaging of the urinary tract. Researchers presented studies that ranged in dose from 20 mAs to 200 mAs. Those on the high end were sure to be grilled.
A study of whole-body MR and CT as possible alternatives to planar nuclear medicine bone scanning has found that whole-body MRI depicts spinal bone metastases that escape detection with 16-slice CT.
Philips Medical Systems has introduced at ECR a motorized radiography system featuring battery technology that promises all-day scanning without recharging.
When Dr. Peter Kullnig offered patients at his imaging center in Graz, Austria access to their images, his intent was to protect their privacy. With private logins to the center’s Web-based PACS, patients controlled access to their records. They could open those records to their own physicians and doctors to whom they were referred.
Nuclear medicine physicians have suspected since the advent of PET/CT that the hybrid technology would outperform PET or CT for staging cancer. Those suspicions were confirmed Tuesday by a study of 260 patients at the University of Essen, Germany, which showed that PET/CT is substantially more accurate for staging carcinoma than PET or CT alone and PET and CT viewed side by side.
Directives to decrease radiation exposure have galvanized researchers in Belgium to start a multicenter study to assess patient doses in interventional radiology. The data could lead to future auditing parameters.