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CT and MRI overused, unnecessary in mild acute pancreatitis
Cross-sectional abdominal imaging examinations do not alter the medical management of patients with suspected mild cases of acute pancreatitis. Cost savings could be significant if the ordering of a CT or MRI examination could be postponed for at least 48 hours to determine if advanced imaging really is needed.


The Amsterdam Pediatric Wrist Rules: Adherence in the Netherlands
The Amsterdam Pediatric Wrist Rules are intended to determine if children presenting with acute wrist trauma should have a radiograph to identify a potential fracture. How well the rules are actually being followed by physicians in The Netherlands is the subject of an article in the October issue of Pediatric Radiology.


Vascular ultrasound accurate first-line imaging exam for large vessel giant cell arteritis
Vascular ultrasound of axillary arteries is a feasible first-line imaging exam for patients with suspected giant cell arteritis (GCA), according to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark. Findings evaluating diagnostic accuracy of axillary artery ultrasound with that of 18F-FDG PET/CT were presented at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Meeting in October.


SIR/CIRSE/IRSA recommending stroke training for interventional radiologists
The Society of Society of Interventional Radiology, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe, and the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia have published a global position statement saying they are committed to train interventional radiologists to treat stroke victims.

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Low-dose protocols for CT-guided biopsies
Low-dose protocols for CT-guided biopsies are effective and feasible, according to a study in the September issue of Academic Radiology. Radiologists who implemented these protocols at Northwestern University in Chicago report impressive size-specific dose estimate reductions for lung and extrapulmonary biopsies. Widespread adoption by interventional and body radiologists is recommended to improve patient safety by reducing radiation exposure.

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ESR publishes guidelines on DRLs for pediatric imaging
New European guidelines on diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for pediatric imaging from the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and EuroSafe Imaging, an ESR organization to promote quality and safety in medical imaging, have been published.

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Feasibility of DWI for imaging pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) may be a diagnostically acceptable replacement for a gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI examination of children with suspected or known inflammatory bowel disease. A comparative analysis of exams of 55 pediatric patients at the Hôpital de la Timone in Marseilles, France, reported in the September issue of Pediatric Radiology showed that DWI was superior to contrast-enhanced MRI.

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Whole lung CT for preoperative risk assessment of lung cancer patients
Whole lung CT should be used to help assess the pulmonary function of patients with lung cancer prior to having a surgical lobectomy, chest surgeons from Japan recommend in an article in the Journal of Thoracic Disease. By obtaining the volume of the diseased and normal lung using CT data, thoracic specialists may be able to make better functional risk assessments, especially for patients who cannot undergo spirometry.

Samsung Medison introduces premium ultrasound system at ISUOG
Siemens Healthineers introduces RT Pro edition for Biograph Vision™ PET/CT
Philips integrated breast ultrasound solution debuted
Arterys adds enhancements to its cardiac image analysis software
FUJIFILM introduces wide bore CT at ASTRO 2018
GE Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound system updated

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