No fairy godmothers: Radiologists must raise visibility March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Radiologists have long been behind-the-scenes physicians, reading exams in darkened basements. But this paradigm isn't viable anymore in an age of increasingly competitive healthcare delivery, and radiologists must be proactive about boosting their visibility, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2017.
ECR 2017 stands tall as showcase for product launches March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - The European Congress of Radiology in recent years has come into its own as a showcase for new launches of medical imaging products. ECR 2017 was no exception, with a variety of new scanner debuts in MRI, CT, and other modalities.
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Christiane Nyhsen on ultrasound cross-infection March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Ultrasound scans are a major potential source of nosocomial infections and cross-infection. The European Society of Radiology's Working Group on Ultrasound has studied this topic closely. Dr. Christiane Nyhsen, from the Sunderland Royal Hospital in the U.K., provides an update and urges everybody to pay more attention to good practices in ultrasound.
Video from ECR 2017: Shane Foley on radiography & radiology March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - ECR is well-known for its popular radiographers' sessions, but can it ever become the essential congress for Europe's many thousands of radiographers? Shane Foley, PhD, from the University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science, gives his opinion and also outlines how to boost collaboration and teamwork among radiographers and radiologists.
Chest CT with iterative recon achieves x-ray doses March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Chest CT scans acquired at radiation doses as low as an x-ray showed lesions of all kinds conspicuously, using the latest dual-source CT scanner and iterative reconstruction. Individualized approaches tailored to specific lesion types cut the dose even further, researchers said on Friday at ECR 2017.
Under stress: Radiologists embrace novel ways to tackle burnout March 4, 2017 -- Increasing workloads are among the factors leading to a rise in burnout among radiologists. They are tackling more cases, interpreting more images, and under increased pressure not to make mistakes, notes Dr. Myriam Hunink, PhD, from the Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. But there are many practical things radiologists can do to avoid burnout, according to experts.
How radiology can find new roles in post-PACS, networked world March 4, 2017 -- An unexpected consequence of PACS is that radiologists are increasingly sidelined by referring physicians, who can look at images to make a diagnosis and not even read the radiology report. This problem is confounded as physicians grow more specialized. Radiologists are in real danger if they don't change the way they work, according to Dr. Johan Van Goethem from Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium.
Neural networks read mammograms as well as radiologists March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - Deep artificial neural networks can read mammograms as well as radiologists, according to research from Switzerland presented at ECR 2017 on Thursday. Neural networks can also be trained with a relatively small amount of data, the group found.
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Martine Rémy-Jardin on pulmonary embolism March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - When you mention pulmonary embolism (PE), the chances are you will think of Dr. Martine Rémy-Jardin, PhD, head of the cardiothoracic imaging department at the University Centre of Lille in France. In this video interview, she speaks about persistent controversies in PE and how to optimize patient management.
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Mauricio Castillo on burnout March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - Burnout, dissatisfaction, and inequality are three major challenges facing radiology today, but simple measures can help overcome them, according to Dr. Mauricio Castillo from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S. An honorary lecturer at ECR 2017, he gives some practical advice on how to avoid problems.