Try to be whimsical in your radiology reports
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.
Distinguishing between teleradiologists and clinical radiologists
May 14, 2013 -- Multidisciplinary team meetings still have a vital role to play in radiology today, even though the profession is changing fast, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar. Also, patients are in the driving seat for demanding quality and can have a significant impact on the care they receive.
Adolescent woes: MRI illuminates ACL tears
May 13, 2013 -- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are not isolated events, but only the most obvious sign of a complex knee injury involving multiple structures. Awareness of the broad spectrum of MRI appearances at common sites of associated injury is vital, according to a multinational group of musculoskeletal experts.
Study shows feasibility of cardiac PET/MRI -- with caveats
May 13, 2013 -- Cardiac FDG-PET/MRI is feasible on an integrated whole-body PET/MRI system, but the hybrid modality still must prove it adds clinical relevance to cases of ischemic heart disease, according to a German study published online on 7 May in Radiology.