Liquid gold: Lessons learnt at the coalface
October 13, 2015 -- Everybody's read the textbooks, but what are the real golden rules of radiology learnt at the clinical coalface? Columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie has more uber-truths that are the very essence of the specialty.
MRI proves value in coronary artery disease
October 12, 2015 -- For patients with suspected coronary artery disease, initial perfusion cardiac MR plus invasive angiography if needed is cheaper than initial invasive angiography or angiography plus fractional flow reserve, according to research at last month's European Society of Cardiology meeting.
Pro golfers' injuries get close attention
October 9, 2015 -- Male professional golfers have an average age of only 24, and along with their different swing mechanics and increased repetitive strain, this factor results in injury patterns that vary considerably from those of the amateur, according to new research from Leeds, U.K.
How workload analysis can unlock efficiency gains
October 8, 2015 -- In today's high-stress radiology environment, efficiency is vital, and managers now appear to be turning to detailed productivity analysis to help determine the optimal structure for job plans, U.K. researchers have reported in an article published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Smartphone use in London raises security concerns
October 8, 2015 -- Physicians often make use of their smartphones for clinical purposes and to consult with colleagues, but many are using the devices to send patient information -- including photos of imaging studies -- via insecure messaging methods, according to a new London report published online in BMJ Innovations.
Ranschaert: Act now to tackle online identity crisis
October 7, 2015 -- Radiologists and other healthcare professionals are suffering from an online identity crisis, because most social media guidelines recommend creating a private and public/professional Web presence, but in reality this is operationally impossible and even nonsensical, said leading healthcare IT expert Dr. Erik Ranschaert.
BMJ: Dutch data show breast cancer screening works
October 6, 2015 -- The Dutch example of breast cancer screening works, and mammography screening is a clear way of detecting cancer early, along with increased breast cancer awareness. But reducing false positives must remain an urgent priority, according to the authors of a new study published in BMJ.
Home reporting: Emergency nighttime radiology
October 6, 2015 -- The 2015 U.K. Radiological Congress debate on outsourcing was fascinating, with a myriad of views expressed. But despite what the session moderator may think, home reporting for radiologists has been around for more than 10 years and can bring major benefits, Dr. Neelam Dugar writes.
Where next for MRI-guided radiotherapy?
October 5, 2015 -- Ultimately, MRI guidance could be applied to improve all radiotherapy techniques, including proton therapy. Last month, Bas Raaymakers, PhD, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands took a glimpse into the future and explained why clinical implementation will require large-scale collaborations.
MR targeting directs cancer-killing cells
October 2, 2015 -- Conventional cancer treatments using chemotherapy drugs can suffer from nonspecificity. New research shows MRI can direct cancer-killing cells to target sites. Not only does this technology target cancer kills, it enables anticancer agents to reach tumor sites that are normally inaccessible.
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