Final results of the prospective French CIRTACI trial are in: contrast media for diagnostic imaging are very safe in general, as long as radiologists are vigilant for patients with allergies, asthma, or previous reactions to contrast agents. The vast majority are more itchy than serious.
PET hybrid technologies are already hot, and two innovations discussed during the final session of ECR 2011 are aimed at making them more even powerful and efficient.
Advances in MRI have enabled better understanding for diagnosing epilepsy, while multimodality techniques allow for better information for surgery and post-surgery follow up, according to experts presenting at ECR 2011.
Was it just business as usual for PACS vendors at this year’s European Congress of Radiology? That’s the assessment of one medical research firm that surveyed the PACS landscape at the congress.
As the population ages, radiologists will be required to recognize common pathologies — while avoiding overdiagnosis, according to experts presenting at ECR 2011.
Will we still be using mammography for breast cancer screening one fourth of the way through this century? That was the question posed in one session at ECR 2011, and speaker Christine Kuhl said she greatly fears that we actually may.
Just this month, cardiovascular surgeons and diagnostic radiologists collaborated to publish an article showing that CT is much better than ultrasound at measuring the diameter of the aortic annulus — an important matter when deciding which size of valve to implant transcutaneously. This could both dishearten and encourage radiologist Rodrigo Salgado of Antwerp University Hospital, who says CT is best for measuring the annulus, and that isn't circular, doesn’t have a radius, and in fact actually doesn't exist.
Functional MRI studies involving the precuneus, a region in the posterior of the brain, reveal what may be a new way to distinguish patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Through carefully calculated adjustments to coronary imaging using dose-reduction techniques, cardiologists have managed to reduce the radiation delivered to patients undergoing coronary angiograms considerably. Plus, it’s possible to maintain good image quality throughout, researchers found
For spotting the tiniest metastases inside the liver, MRI with the liver-specific gadolinium-based contrast agent Primovist (gadoxetic acid) was far and away the top choice of surgeons in an eight-country multicenter study. The surgeons were given a chance to use various imaging methods for colorectal center patients and judge their value. The same contrast agent is also proving adept at visualizing obstructions in biliary vasculature, compared to non-contrast-enhanced MRI.