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Topic: Radiology and Imaging

December 3, 2018
The study recommends active surveillance to prevent over-treatment, suggesting that 36% of patients with a new diagnosis are candidates for active surveillance, 30% of whom will ultimately have treatment for progression
A new study has confirmed the effectiveness of Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) screening in reducing prostate cancer mortality.
 
The retrospective cohort study of over 400,000 men, as published in Elsevier’s Urology® journal,1 set out to re-examine the value of PSA screening, to determine the optimal screening interval and the appropriate age groups to be screened. 
 
November 29, 2018
Researchers investigated cardiac function in relation to diagnosed OSA and self-reported snoring from data available through UK Biobank

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Moreover, the findings suggested that OSA may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers.

November 28, 2018
Cryoablation represents a potential new weapon in the arsenal against breast cancer

Cryoablation — the destruction of cancer cells through freezing — shows early indications of effectiveness in treating women with low-risk breast cancers, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Researchers said that over the four years of the study, there has only been one case of cancer recurrence out of 180 patients.

November 27, 2018
Findings suggest the method's potential for dramatically reducing gadolinium dose without sacrificing diagnostic quality

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to reduce the dose of a contrast agent that may be left behind in the body after MRI exams, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

November 27, 2018
Researchers and cybersecurity experts have begun to examine ways to mitigate the risk of cyberattacks in medical imaging before they become a real danger

Two studies being presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) address the potential risk of cyberattacks in medical imaging.

The Internet has been highly beneficial to health care—radiology included—improving access in remote areas, allowing for faster and better diagnoses, and vastly improving the management and transfer of medical records and images. However, increased connectivity can lead to increased vulnerability to outside interference.

November 22, 2018
MRI exams of the brain using diffusion tensor imaging are a promising option for analysis of dementia risk

MRI brain scans perform better than common clinical tests at predicting which people will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a study being presented at the 2018 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. The disease affects 5.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health.

October 9, 2018
Artificial intelligence enables content aggregation that extracts information from diverse healthcare data silos to help radiologists create actionable imaging reports
October 9, 2018
Hospital Healthcare Europe spoke with Jilly Croasdale of the UK Radiopharmacy Group about guidance on safe drawing up of radiopharmaceuticals in nuclear medicine departments
EU good manufacturing practice (GMP) relates to the manufacture of medicines, and in radiopharmacy this can be a challenge in some ways. Because the products have to be used immediately, it is not possible to perform all the usual end product testing that you would with other types of products. For example, sterility testing is done retrospectively, and, because the batch size is often one, it is not possible to sterility test each batch produced (or there may be nothing left to administer to the patients). 
 
October 9, 2018
Options for treating uterine fibroids have increased, including uterine artery embolisation and MRI-focused high intensity ultrasound, but patient preference and tailored treatment still remain key
October 9, 2018
Digital breast tomosynthesis, the latest generation technology in breast imaging, uses a three-dimensional, limited-angle tomographic breast imaging technique to provide multiple projection views, thus reducing interference from overlapping tissues
Breast cancer accounts for one in three cancers in women throughout the European Union (EU), making it the leading cancer site among women on the continent. With a mean breast cancer incidence rate of 70.7, western Europe also has one of the highest incidences of breast cancer in the world, accounting for 11 of the top 20 countries.1–3
 
Screening is the mainstay of breast cancer detection, with numerous studies finding that early detection translates into substantially reduced mortality rates.4–6
October 8, 2018
Contrast carries a small, and controversial, risk of acute kidney injury, and the use of a screening tool and point of care testing may provide the greatest opportunity to streamline the imaging pathway and provide assurance of patient safety
October 8, 2018
Creating value and contributing to patient outcome in radiology departments starts with well-organised utilisation plans, shorter waiting times, appropriateness criteria, structured and timely reporting and continuous research for better imaging, intervention and therapy
October 3, 2018
On behalf of the ESTRO Scientific Advisory Group, it is our honour and pleasure to invite you to ESTRO 38, the annual congress of ESTRO, that will take place 26–30 April 2019 in Milan, Italy
ESTRO 38 will offer to us all, as professionals of oncology, the chance to share knowledge, practice and advances in the field, within the ever warm and dynamic environment of the ESTRO meetings.
 
September 26, 2018

Dr Farah Chaudhry, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Leeds Sexual Health, West Yorkshire, describes how point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) allows her to give informed and clear assurances to women using long-acting contraception.
 

August 29, 2018

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become an important adjunct to clinical diagnosis and procedural guidance in the Pediatric Emergency Department (PED), supported by literature demonstrating that its use can improve patient safety and expedite lifesaving care. POCUS further helps to reduce costs and children’s exposure to ionizing radiation.

July 12, 2018
Point-of-care ultrasound is at the heart of Frimley Park Hospital’s anaesthesia department, guiding procedures such as vascular access and nerve blocks.

Point-of-care ultrasound is at the heart of Frimley Park Hospital’s anaesthesia department, guiding procedures such as vascular access and nerve blocks.
 

June 26, 2018
A University of Minnesota research project to investigate the potential of point-of-care ultrasound as an alternative tool for the diagnosis of pneumonia in paediatric patients in Uganda has been undertaken

Pneumonia is a major cause of childhood mortality and morbidity globally – particularly in resource-poor environments – and diagnosis of pneumonia can be complex. The current gold standard diagnostic technique is a chest X-ray, looking for the presence or absence of areas of consolidation on the lungs.

June 20, 2018
FUJIFILM SonoSite is helping point of care ultrasound users to understand the total cost of imaging equipment ownership with a recently published article

FUJIFILM SonoSite is helping point of care ultrasound users to understand the total cost of imaging equipment ownership with a recently published article entitled Need to purchase imaging equipment? Consider all the costs of ownership.

This concise report, written by FUJIFILM SonoSite’s Chief Operation Officer Rich Fabian, outlines the elements that make up the total cost of ownership (TCO) for hospital imaging equipment.

June 7, 2018
St Mary's Hospital relies on a SonoSite X-Porte to perform FAST scanning of trauma patients

St Mary's Hospital is one of London's four major trauma centres, and uses point-of-care ultrasound extensively in the assessment of patients visiting its extremely busy A&E department.

May 10, 2018
NHS failure to send invitations may have resulted in women having their lives shortened, according to estimates

Nearly half a million women in England have missed out on a routine breast screening appointment due to an NHS failure to send invitations. 

Up to 270 women may have had their lives shortened as a result, according to estimates. A computer error has been blamed for the missed invitations.

May 3, 2018
AI is now essential for automation in radiology and pathology, but it provides a means to support the human, not replace, writes Chris Scarisbrick, Sectra UK & Ireland

Will I be replaced by a robot? Mainstream media reporting on artificial intelligence has led many people to ask this question.

AI has gone from being the subject of science fiction and theory, to creeping into the reality of everyday life – either augmenting or starting to replace the way people carry out mundane tasks in their homes, in our supermarkets, on our roads and even where we work.

April 30, 2018
The compact and highly portable ultrasound systems will provide the BSB medical team with on-site imaging capabilities, to support the first-class care of riders and teams competing in the championship

FUJIFILM SonoSite is pleased to be supporting the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) by supplying point-of-care ultrasound systems for clinic-based and trackside imaging.

The compact and highly portable ultrasound systems will provide the BSB medical team with on-site imaging capabilities, to support the first-class care of riders and teams competing in the championship.

April 24, 2018
The iViz enables clinicians the ability to view superficial applications such as ophthalmic, arterial, venous, lung and nerve as well as deeper applications such as abdominal and obstetrics

FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, point-of-care ultrasound solutions, has announced the launch of two new transducers for the SonoSite iViz point-of-care ultrasound, now connecting a total of four to their powerful, hand-held diagnostic tool.

March 15, 2018
AC Immune's lead compound is highly selective for alpha-synuclein - a key protein in Parkinson's disease pathology

AC Immune SA has announced a significant step for a first potential PET tracer for Parkinson's disease.