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Five big European radiology stories from 2020

February 12, 2021
European News
From the January/February issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

A report by Cancer Research UK in June revealed that 2.4 million people in Great Britain had cancer screenings, treatments or tests deferred, over a 10 week period.

Finnish researchers designing mobile MR unit that could fit in a van
Researchers in Aalto University in Finland are developing a mobile MR scanner designed for transport in a van rather than a lorry, or trailer.

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The aim of the three-year project — which costs more than $830,000 (€750,000) — is to build a lighter, cheaper and mobile solution that would not require specially trained healthcare personnel to handle it.

"There are many important diagnostic problems, which require a fast evaluation of the situation with the patient," said Severi Uusitalo, designer and associate professor of industrial design at Aalto, told HCB News in June. "These include traumas causing internal hemorrhages, bone fractures, and concussions of tissues like muscles and brain. Here high resolution is not actually needed but a rapid evaluation to guide for conclusions on how to proceed with therapy. A Van MR may be driven in the areas of crises like a battlefield, earthquakes or flooding. The high value of the prompt evaluation of the patient for the improved outcomes of therapy may be expected."

While the image quality of the low-field scanner may not be on par with that of a high-field system, the system could have a variety of applications, including diagnosing inflammatory diseases such as pneumonia and maxillary sinusitis, internal bleeding, abscesses and fluid deposition.

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