MRI debunks 'liberation therapy' | PET/CT guides pediatric cancer biopsy | 8 ways to win turf battles

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

One of the most controversial theories in medicine is "liberation therapy" -- the idea that patients with multiple sclerosis can be effectively treated by opening up narrowed veins in the brain and spinal cord.

Liberation therapy was first proposed in 2009, and since then thousands of patients have undergone the treatment. But in a study presented at this week's Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting in Washington, DC, Canadian researchers using MRI said they were unable to find any difference between patients who received liberation therapy and those who were treated with a placebo. Read more by clicking here.

The results are among a number of papers from SIR 2017 that we're highlighting this week on You'll also find this story on a chatbot app that California radiologists developed to act as a sort of virtual radiologist, and this story on how bariatric embolization can treat obesity.

PET/CT guides pediatric cancer biopsy

FDG-PET/CT can be a valuable tool for guiding biopsy of pediatric cancer patients, according to new research by a team from Saudi Arabia and Canada.

The researchers examined PET/CT and biopsy results in four dozen young patients with known or suspected malignancies. They found that radiopharmaceutical activity tended to be higher in areas that had malignancies compared with areas that didn't.

Lear more about the study by clicking here, or go to our Molecular Imaging Community at

8 ways to win turf battles

Finally, from last week's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) comes advice for radiologists on how they can ward off turf battles with other medical specialties. Find out how by clicking here, or visit our RADCast @ ECR at

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