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iPads are sufficient to diagnose spine fractures
January 15, 2015 -- Radiologists can make use of iPads to diagnose thoracolumbar spine fractures on radiographs, performing just as well as they would on traditional PACS diagnostic workstations, Greek researchers reported at the recent RSNA meeting in Chicago.
BJR: New approach on patient reference dose is vital
January 14, 2015 -- Using diagnostic reference levels has outlived its usefulness, according to an article by radiation protection expert Dr. Madan Rehani, PhD, in the British Journal of Radiology (BJR). Instead, hospitals should adapt acceptable quality dose for their own needs.
CT's expansion puts emphasis on dose in Middle East
January 14, 2015 -- At least 11 new CT scanners are due to be installed between now and March across Dubai and the north of the United Arab Emirates, and such rapid growth means the authorities are putting renewed emphasis on radiation protection and patient safety.
Interventional pain therapy comes under scrutiny
January 13, 2015 -- Pain therapy is the focus of this week's minimally invasive and computer-guided therapy meeting in Berlin. The meeting president, Dr. Markus Düx, speaks about new developments and trends in interventional radiology and explains why it is so popular with hospital managers.
Barcelona team gives positive verdict on postmortem MRI
January 12, 2015 -- MRI is as accurate as autopsy in demonstrating macroscopic details of brain abnormalities and postmortem MRI may represent a valuable extra tool in cases in which autopsy cannot be performed, according to award-winning Spanish research.
New display calibration method may boost color image viewing
January 9, 2015 -- Although color now pervades medical imaging, currently accepted calibration methods for imaging displays still rely on assessing gray levels. Display calibration may soon enter the color era, however, if a proposed extension to the DICOM Grayscale Standard Display Function is adopted.
MRI and PET tackle Alzheimer's diagnostics
January 8, 2015 -- A new window into the development of Alzheimer's disease may have been opened up by German researchers. They have combined two noninvasive imaging techniques to study b-amyloid plaques and found a connection between their formation in cerebral blood vessels and reduced blood flow in the brain.
U.K. releases new standards on ultrasound
January 7, 2015 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers have published standards on the provision of an ultrasound service. The document can be downloaded for free and includes information about equipment, training and education, reports, auditing, and image management.
Address the backlog issue or you will sink
January 7, 2015 -- Backlogs of unread images are one of the worst nightmares in clinical practice. Any backlog must be tackled urgently and as a high priority -- otherwise you will be watching helplessly as the ship sinks and you sink with it, the Maverinck writes in his latest column.
No stab in the dark: CT provides answers in knife wounds
January 6, 2015 -- Dual-phase (arterial and portal venous) CT should be performed in all patients with penetrating stab wounds to the torso, and specific focus must be placed on assessing for diaphragmatic and bowel injuries, according to a new study from a top London hospital.
Vesalius, radiology, and art
January 5, 2015 -- Brussels-born Andreas Vesalius was an anatomist whose dissections of the human body helped to correct misconceptions dating from ancient times. It's more than 500 years since his birth, but his work remains relevant today, writes Dr. Arpan K. Banerjee.
iPad can replace mouse for driving PACS workstation
January 2, 2015 -- Tired of using a mouse to control your PACS workstation software? Thanks to its touchscreen interface, an iPad is capable of handling this task, researchers from Stanford University in California reported at the 2014 RSNA meeting.
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