Survey: Patients unfazed by false positives on CTC exams October 2, 2014 -- In a new survey, patients said they believe the benefits of having a malignancy detected on colon screening exams more than outweigh the drawbacks of a false positive, even if it would lead to unnecessary imaging or invasive follow-up, according to a group of leading experts from the U.K.
Radiographers' fury grows as strike looms large in U.K. October 1, 2014 -- The result of a ballot on industrial action sent to all members of the U.K. radiographer society working in the National Health Service is expected by Friday. The outcome will determine what action to take over the three-year pay freeze announced in May, and officials don't seem in the mood for compromise.
Germans focus on pediatric dose, as crisis deepens October 1, 2014 -- A special session on radiation protection was a highlight at the recent annual meeting of the German Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. It reflected mounting concerns over dose, but also highlighted the crisis facing pediatric radiology.
Debate over cervical spinal trauma takes new turn September 30, 2014 -- Many cervical spine injuries identified on subsequent CT scans are not visible on plain radiographs, and there is also a high rate of technical inadequacy of cervical spine plain radiography in trauma cases, according to award-winning research.
Superfast LV assessment outperforms cine MR September 29, 2014 -- A new sparse sampling MRI technique promises to speed up left ventricular (LV) volume and function assessments compared with the gold standard -- and to do so more accurately, according to a Swiss presentation at this month's European Society of Cardiology in Barcelona, Spain.
Irish radiology department finds it's not easy being green September 26, 2014 -- A new survey found that radiology staff members at a hospital in Dublin were reluctant to take simple actions that could save thousands of euros in energy costs. Administrators may therefore need to take more extreme actions, such as programming computers to automatically go into sleep mode overnight, to wring out cost savings.
New studies underline promise of digital breast tomosynthesis September 25, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is superior to conventional digital mammography when detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to research presented at this month's International Congress of Radiology. DBT also has an edge for the characterization of masses.
Up close and personal: Bernd Hamm, ECR 2015 president September 24, 2014 -- Skiing, sailing, and discovering Berlin are among Dr. Bernd Hamm's personal interests, but his great passion is radiology. In this profile article, he explains why he chose the profession and how his career has developed. He also speaks about the challenge of ECR 2015.
Have you read the best medical paper of the year? September 24, 2014 -- Attention to masses of data from lab and imaging studies has shifted doctors' focus away from the patient, and they now spend more time at the computer than at the bedside. That's one of the observations made in what the Maverinck believes is the best medical article of 2014.
Philips plans split into 2 companies September 23, 2014 -- Philips Healthcare parent Royal Philips plans to combine its healthcare and consumer lifestyle activities into a new company called HealthTech. As part of the strategic reorganization, Royal Philips' lighting business will also become its own company.
U.K. releases new advice on CT colonography September 23, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology have issued recommendations on the use of CT colonography. The 23-page document can be downloaded for free from the RCR's website and includes details about how to plan and deliver a service.
It's time to ditch your old gear, ESR says September 22, 2014 -- Every healthcare facility or authority should have a plan for upgrading or renewing imaging equipment, and the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually, according to a statement issued on 18 September by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).