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Banned: Top 8 words or phrases to avoid in radiology reports
October 30, 2013 -- To highlight common expressions that can mislead, misinform, or misdirect referring physicians, the radiology report needs to be re-examined, and it is vital to eliminate the lexicon of clichés that undermine a radiologist's work because of their vagueness, warns a respected global expert in a hard-hitting editorial.
Consistency still eludes teleradiology use in France
October 28, 2013 -- Results of research conducted by the French Radiology Union Council across its regional branches reveal operational differences in teleradiology setup and delayed implementation in different areas of the country.
ESR forges ahead with teleradiology white paper
October 10, 2013 -- The first details about the long-awaited white paper on teleradiology from the European Society of Radiology (ESR) will be revealed on Friday, 11 October, at the Management in Radiology congress in Barcelona, Spain. Co-author Dr. Erik Ranschaert, chair of the ESR task force on teleradiology, will present the paper at the congress.
Don't forget radiographers when adopting PACS
October 8, 2013 -- Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiographers have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers.
iPads for radiology trainees? Yes. Yes. Yes.
September 30, 2013 -- Should you equip your radiology trainees with iPads? The answer is an unequivocal yes, according to a group from Boston, who found there were multiple benefits to using iPads and other mobile devices. However, training programs should have a long-term vision for mobile-based education, they wrote in the October American Journal of Roentgenology.
PACS replacement and VNA procurement: How we did it
September 25, 2013 -- Changing your PACS may seem like a frightening prospect, but it can be a worthwhile and positive experience. In the first part of a new step-by-step guide to PACS replacement and vendor-neutral archive (VNA), Dr. Neelam Dugar describes how she and her colleagues handled the entire process.
Portuguese bring XDS-I image sharing to the cloud
September 17, 2013 -- While the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise initiative's Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I) integration profile supports image and report sharing between institutions, privacy concerns limit its use in the cloud. Portuguese researchers may have found a way to make it work, however.
Mobile app uploads patient photos from smartphones
September 3, 2013 -- Smartphone photos of patient injuries can be a useful complement to an imaging study, but it's not easy to incorporate them into the patient record. Researchers from the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland believe they may have a solution to the problem.
U.K. teleradiology: Present and future trends
September 2, 2013 -- Independent teleradiology in the U.K. is in a growth phase as radiology service provision in the National Health Service is under pressure and new models of healthcare emerge. But has radiology become a victim of its success? Past President of the British Institute of Radiology Dr. Stephen Davies explores this.
Will CDA replace HL7 version 2 messaging?
August 20, 2013 -- CDA, or Clinical Document Architecture, is a new information exchange standard under HL7 that is mandated by the U.S. government's meaningful use program. In this article, radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech explains CDA and how it differs from previous HL7 standards on messaging.
Imaging apps explode -- as do concerns about content quality
August 9, 2013 -- The number of medical imaging-related apps in the marketplace has tripled since January, but that doesn't mean all apps are created equal. Researchers from the U.K. have assessed 321 imaging-related apps, finding that while there are some gems, many others may have questionable content.
Third-generation iPad can handle emergency CT diagnosis
August 8, 2013 -- Apple's third-generation iPad can perform similarly to a 3D PACS workstation for the task of interpreting emergency CT studies, researchers from Hannover Medical School in Germany report in a study published on 26 July in RöFo.
Debate intensifies over limits on radiology trainees in France
August 6, 2013 -- The French Society of Radiology (SFR) has issued a strong warning about the dangers of limits on the number of radiology trainees being imposed by the government of President François Hollande. Over the next five years, 1,114 residents will be trained, but the SFR and others think 1,300 or more will be needed to maintain care.
Patient radiation tracking system moves toward going global
August 1, 2013 -- A radiation patient exposure tracking system has cleared technical and political hurdles to become a useful tool for monitoring a patient's exposure history and reducing the chance of overexposure to radiation. The system will eventually be operational throughout Europe, and perhaps beyond.