Radiation awareness: Where do we stand? November 26, 2014 -- Knowledge of radiation dose and risk is poor among all radiology staff, but particularly among radiographers/technologists, and significant underestimation of dose and cancer risk is widespread, according to a new study.
Tumor-analysis tool can help predict survival November 26, 2014 -- Texture analysis may still be experimental, but it's becoming a leading cancer research technique in several institutions around the world. Technology developed in the U.K. is being applied to MR and CT images to predict the aggressiveness and prognosis of cancers throughout the body.
Mobile App Spotlight: Imaging Single Best Answer November 25, 2014 -- Candidates now have a new tool to help prepare for the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists' Final FRCR (Part A) Exam. The British Institute of Radiology recently released Imaging Single Best Answer, a mobile app that provides 75 questions and answers for each of the six exam modules.
Users, vendors must define HL7 ORM for health IT success November 25, 2014 -- ORMs, or order response messages, are used to transmit electronic requests and scheduling information between ordercomms, RIS, and PACS. It's vital both customers and vendors recognize the importance of HL7 ORM messages, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar in her latest column.
Europe adopts U.K. guidelines for imaging child abuse November 24, 2014 -- The European Society of Pediatric Radiology (ESPR) has adopted the U.K. guidelines for determining the best imaging strategy in suspected cases of nonaccidental injury in children. The chair of the ESPR's Child Abuse Task Force, Dr. Amaka Offiah, has called this a "major development."
Multifunctional microbubble agents display clinical promise November 21, 2014 -- Multifunctional microbubble agents are showing great potential for medical applications, particularly superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, which are used as MRI contrast agents but can be combined with encapsulated microbubbles and provide ultrasound contrast.
Carestream promises to shake up ultrasound market November 20, 2014 -- Carestream Health has roots in the x-ray film business, but the company sees ultrasound in its corporate future. The firm is entering the sonography market in a big way with Carestream Touch, a superpremium ultrasound system with a novel design that replaces the traditional scanner keyboard with a programmable touchscreen control panel.
Myths and misinformation hold back breast screening November 19, 2014 -- Increased public awareness, better education for healthcare providers, and clear guidelines are essential if breast cancer screening is going to expand in the Middle East, according to a leading radiologist in Saudi Arabia.
RTF: Job prospects rest on specialization, mobility November 19, 2014 -- Trainee and newly qualified radiologists have nothing to fear for the future if they subspecialize, invest in themselves, and are willing to travel more to find work. That's the view of Dr. Viola Koen, chair of the Radiology Trainees Forum (RTF).
Tread carefully on lung cancer screening, U.K. experts urge November 18, 2014 -- For effective implementation of lung cancer screening, start with a program targeting those most at risk and employ pathways minimizing risk of harm, including those due to overdiagnosis, and then expand as unanswered issues are clarified, U.K. specialists have advocated.
Meeting the challenge of imaging the head and neck November 17, 2014 -- Today's head and neck radiologists play a key role guiding examinations and reporting them. Dr. Florian Dammann, chair of the German Radiological Society's Head and Neck Diagnostics Working Group, explains more about the subspecialty in this interview.
Constant change characterizes RSNA's first 100 years November 14, 2014 -- This month sees the 100th RSNA meeting, but the pace of change has been particularly rapid during the past three decades. Today's industrial landscape is entirely different, radiology has gone digital and global, and the leading modalities have developed and matured.