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{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he ECR (European Congress of Radiology) is organized by The European Society of Radiology and is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 4-8 March.

ECR 2010 spotlighted several important and interesting issues, including functional imaging in CT, biomarkers, MRI of the lungs, and hybrid imaging. In addition, several other topics were discussed such as the state of the multiple sclerosis, adrenals, and lymph node imaging. Courses on abdominal emergencies and on lung diseases plus a mini course on the liver took place. Moreover, ECR presented a foundation Course on radiology of head and neck. Finally, discussions on managing patients with cancer were carried out.

Several high-ranked companies presented lines of products during the ECR, with attention to cover the increased demand by radiologists for new diagnostic imaging devices and technologies. Several new trends were discussed by modality vendors, for instance, Siemens presented its Acuson S2000 ultrasound system. This system aims to apply the use of ultrasound for detection of breast cancer in women. Although using ultrasound in that field was limited and considered secondary to mammography, this concept is to change shortly, thanks to Siemens new technologies.

Speaking of mammography, AGFA healthcare presented its DX-M CR systems. The DX-M CR meets market requirements for diagnostic images with high quality. DX-M CR has covered another important aspect which is safety by its capability of exposure dose control and reduction. Agfa HealthCare system is the most complete CR system to date.

The contributing companies at the ECR 2010 did not only cover technical aspects of radiology with its new modalities but it also presented several systems that improve the quality of radiologists by applying quality assurance systems to evaluate the work quality of radiologists. An example of such quality assurance systems is the one developed by NightHawk. Since NightHawk's system was already applied in the United States, it is the time for it to be used in Europe to improve the quality of radiologists there.

In conclusion, it is surely that ECR 2010 aimed to improve all aspects of radiology and diagnostic imaging. Starting from providing new solutions and techniques for imaging until improving the qualities of radiologists by quality assurance programs.

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