Radiology's top tweeters: Dr. Geraldine McGinty
March 13, 2014 -- With a Twitter following of more than 1,600, Dr. Geraldine McGinty is a social media force to be reckoned with. As part of our ongoing series on radiologists who tweet, AuntMinnie.com spoke with McGinty, who explained her belief that Twitter can get the word out about radiology's role in delivering quality healthcare.
UAE hospital tracks kids' interventional heart doses
March 13, 2014 -- Researchers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are tracking radiation dose for interventional cardiology exams in children in order to optimize exposure. They found that levels are reasonable for the most common exams -- but they're mostly higher than the lowest published doses, according to a presentation at the 2014 Arab Health meeting.
Nuclear medicine patient survey finds mixed results
March 12, 2014 -- Researchers from Egypt studied patient satisfaction at a nuclear medicine department and found that while the patients were satisfied with the department's infrastructure, they didn't like wait times and how they were informed of their procedures. Changes have already been made in response to the survey.
New BI-RADS uncouples assessment and management
March 11, 2014 -- VIENNA - The fifth edition of the BI-RADS atlas has been released, and while there have been several changes, perhaps the most important is the uncoupling of the assessment category and management recommendation, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 session on Sunday afternoon.
Heart rate jumps with CT contrast agent
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Faster heart rates are the last thing radiologists want with coronary CT angiography. But that's apparently what they get when using a contrast agent with a slightly higher iodine concentration, according to a Monday presentation at ECR 2014.
Study finds PET/CT can help diagnose CUP syndrome
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - FDG-PET/CT can identify a possible primary tumor in patients with carcinoma with unknown primary tumor (CUP) syndrome at a rate comparable to that found in autopsy studies, German researchers reported on Monday at ECR 2014.
Population-based whole-body MRI finds serious disease
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Whole-body MRI screening is safe and accurate for detecting serious pathology in the asymptomatic general population -- especially in patients older than 50, according to a study presented on Sunday at ECR 2014. A few findings were more prevalent than expected in individuals younger than 50.
Case report: Interventional retrieval of portacath fragment
March 10, 2014 -- Portacaths are commonly indicated for long-term administration of parenteral medications. This case report details the successful interventional retrieval of a fractured portacath fragment with cardiac migration. This is rather an unusual complication that, at times, can be life-threatening.
Eurasian Radiology Initiative makes continued progress
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - The second official meeting of the Eurasian Radiology Initiative took place on Sunday at ECR 2014. The goal of the project is to establish a multinational radiological association in a geographical area with great potential to exchange experience and knowledge, but which still lacks a regional society.
New model for CKD screening cuts eGFR redundancies in half
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Because of the proportion of false positives in predicting chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients undergoing contrast-enhanced CT, the current combination of all risk factors is inaccurate, delegates at ECR 2014 learned. A less elaborate model cuts estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) redundancies by 50%.
Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
Use of mobile devices in radiology requires extra care
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly being employed in radiology applications, but users must take heed of crucial technical factors that can affect their performance for viewing images, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014.