Mind the gender gap: Inequity for women radiologists flourishes
May 24, 2013 -- Despite the significant number of women radiologists in Italy, there exists a gender gap, which can be witnessed in horizontal and vertical segregation, according to a European Journal of Radiology article published online on 15 May. The author recommends that policies should be introduced to counter the bias.
Electronic x-ray records can help set dose reference levels
May 23, 2013 -- Patient dose audits employing vast numbers of electronic examination records obtained from a radiology information system are feasible, and by using existing x-ray tube calibration data, an IT-based approach is a cost-effective method for both patient dose and clinical audit, U.K. researchers have found.
BMJ: Megastudy links pediatric CT to higher cancer rates
May 22, 2013 -- The largest study to probe the effects of ionizing radiation since the atomic bomb survivor studies shows that cancer incidence does rise among younger patients -- although only in small amounts -- in the years following their exposure to CT scans, according to an Australian article published yesterday in BMJ.
The secrets of a great radiological report
May 22, 2013 -- In modern radiological practice, there definitely aren't enough smiles and we are seriously short on chuckles. But used carefully, humor can help to ensure your reports are read to the end and actually enjoyed by referring clinicians, writes Dr. Paul McCoubrie.
Recalling how fetal ultrasound transformed pregnancy care
May 21, 2013 -- The development of ultrasound in obstetric care has transformed the experience of pregnancy and has been of inestimable value to women. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas reviews a new book that traces this progress and focuses on the social and ethical implications.
Dublin summit decides teleradiology is a medical act
May 20, 2013 -- The regulatory war of words over the status and definition of teleradiology took an important new turn at last week's EU summit on e-healthcare, when national decision-makers and authorities from 27 member states gathered in Dublin.
Simultaneous PET/MRI most accurate for image alignment
May 20, 2013 -- In a comparison of hybrid imaging modalities, simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI is more accurate than retrospectively fused PET and MR images in abdominal organs and better than PET/CT in the urinary bladder, according to a German study published online on 8 May in Radiology.
Even on a tight budget, CT enteroclysis can prove effective
May 17, 2013 -- A modified CT enteroclysis technique, performed with widely available and affordable infusion equipment and enteral contrast, can obtain diagnostic-quality images of small-bowel distention, South African researchers have reported in the European Journal of Radiology.
Better patient positioning cuts dose in x-ray of spine
May 16, 2013 -- Patients lying supine for lateral lumbar spine examinations will receive a higher x-ray dose under single automatic exposure control and without tube potential change than if they had been lying on their side, U.K. researchers have found.
Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT
May 16, 2013 -- The opening of the Saudi Health meeting this week highlights the major investments the country is making in healthcare IT. But Western IT vendors must do a better job of adapting their software to local needs, according to radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Why all the sudden fuss about ethics?
May 15, 2013 -- Everybody claims they're becoming ethical, but it's very difficult to reach a precise, common understanding of what constitutes ethics in medical imaging. Also, it's tough to reintroduce ethical values and behavior in medicine without punishment of the guilty, writes Dr. Peter Rinck, PhD.
Mathias Langer looks ahead to DRK 2013 in Hamburg
May 15, 2013 -- Dr. Mathias Langer will be presiding over the German Radiological Society's annual meeting, the DRK, in Hamburg at the end of this month. In this interview, he sets out details of what visitors to the congress can expect, and explains the many special features awaiting delegates.
Finland acts to protect children from excess radiation dose
May 14, 2013 -- Image Gently, the international campaign to protect children from unnecessary radiation dose exposure, is practiced avidly in Finland. A network of PACS throughout the country helps make this possible, according to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.