ECR 2017 News
How radiology can find new roles in post-PACS, networked world
March 4, 2017 -- An unexpected consequence of PACS is that radiologists are increasingly sidelined by referring physicians, who can look at images to make a diagnosis and not even read the radiology report. This problem is confounded as physicians grow more specialized. Radiologists are in real danger if they don't change the way they work, according to Dr. Johan Van Goethem from Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium.  Discuss
Neural networks read mammograms as well as radiologists
March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - Deep artificial neural networks can read mammograms as well as radiologists, according to research from Switzerland presented at ECR 2017 on Thursday. Neural networks can also be trained with a relatively small amount of data, the group found.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Martine Rémy-Jardin on pulmonary embolism
March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - When you mention pulmonary embolism (PE), the chances are you will think of Dr. Martine Rémy-Jardin, PhD, head of the cardiothoracic imaging department at the University Centre of Lille in France. In this video interview, she speaks about persistent controversies in PE and how to optimize patient management.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Mauricio Castillo on burnout
March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - Burnout, dissatisfaction, and inequality are three major challenges facing radiology today, but simple measures can help overcome them, according to Dr. Mauricio Castillo from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S. An honorary lecturer at ECR 2017, he gives some practical advice on how to avoid problems.  Discuss
Don't forget color when calibrating imaging displays
March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - While there still isn't a formal standard for ensuring consistent visualization of the type of color used in many imaging modalities, there are steps that can be taken now to calibrate and perform quality assurance for these displays, according to a presentation at ECR 2017.  Discuss
CAD beats readers for subsolid lung nodules
March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - A computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme outperformed experienced human readers in detecting subsolid nodules as well as cancers in data from more than 2,000 lung cancer screening subjects, researchers reported on Thursday at ECR 2017.  Discuss
To be or not to be alarmed over gadolinium contrast? That is the question
March 3, 2017 -- The medical imaging community should be neither alarmed nor develop a gadolinium phobia while waiting for guidance from regulators over controversial gadolinium contrast agents. This is the opinion of Dr. Howard Rowley from the University of Wisconsin in the U.S. and president of the American Society of Neuroradiology.  Discuss
U.K. pushes ahead with sonographer-led services
March 3, 2017 -- Judged on the composition of today's eagerly awaited professional challenges session, more healthcare professionals are looking to the U.K. for an alternative model for ultrasound services, yet that model is evolving largely due to a shortage of appropriately trained staff.  Discuss
Is DBT ready to replace digital mammography for screening?
March 2, 2017 -- VIENNA - Enthusiasm for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) continues to grow, with adherents lauding its increased cancer detection and reduced false-positive rates. Thus far, the technology has been used as an adjunct to digital mammography -- but could it replace it? Two presentations given on Wednesday at ECR 2017 addressed the question.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Johannes Heverhagen on gadolinium contrast
March 2, 2017 -- VIENNA - Gadolinium phobia remains a very real danger in Europe, but practical measures can help to reduce the risk, according to Dr. Johannes Heverhagen, PhD, from the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland. In this video from ECR 2017, he also provides an update on the European Medicines Agency's investigation.  Discuss