Swiss use feedback system to improve report turnaround times
February 11, 2014 -- Knowing that your performance is being monitored and compared with your peers can be a powerful motivator. Swiss researchers have recently garnered significant improvements after implementing a system that shows radiology residents and staff radiologists how their report turnaround time ranks among their colleagues.  Discuss
For reliable radiation dose data, RIS/PACS works best
February 11, 2014 -- Actual patient radiation dose data extracted from RIS/PACS databases are far more reliable than commonly used self-reported patient dose surveys that are based on average-sized patients and typical scanner parameters, researchers from Western Australia have found.
PET/MRI: A good fit for brain imaging?
February 10, 2014 -- Simultaneous PET/MRI combines the sensitive molecular imaging of PET with soft-tissue contrast and functional information from MRI. A promising application for PET/MRI is quantitative brain studies, which demand high performance and stability from both modalities.  Discuss
Scanning from Sochi: Winter Olympics medical teams are ready
February 7, 2014 -- To mark the opening of the Winter Olympics, spoke with two Russian members of the polyclinic medical team, a radiographer and a specialist in sports medicine. They report that medical professionals in Sochi have geared up and are ready to ensure the operation runs smoothly and effectively.  Discuss
CT adequate to make, exclude diagnosis for ovarian torsion, researchers say
February 6, 2014 -- CT is not significantly different from ultrasound in identifying ovarian torsion, according to a new study in the European Journal of Radiology. The results suggest when CT demonstrates ovarian torsion findings, another imaging exam (such as ultrasound) is unlikely to improve preoperative diagnostic yield.  Discuss
Russian radiology prepares to step into limelight at ECR 2014
February 5, 2014 -- For the first time, there will be a Russian president of ECR next month: Dr. Valentin Sinitsyn, who is also one of the youngest presidents at 53. In the first part of our series of weekly articles looking ahead to ECR 2014, we discuss what this development means for radiology in Russia.  Discuss
Do we really need ethics in radiology?
February 5, 2014 -- Ethical behavior refers to everybody in the department, not only the head and the other radiologists. But is there an easy way to establish simple ethics? Are there incentives to strengthen behavioral and working morale? The Maverinck investigates.  Discuss
German study gives photon-counting mammography high marks
February 4, 2014 -- German researchers found that mammography screening with a photon-counting digital mammography system turned in higher cancer detection rates at lower radiation doses than conventional digital mammography units in a real-world screening environment, according to a new study in Radiology.  Discuss
Medical imaging plays role in diagnosis and follow-up of MERS
February 3, 2014 -- Patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) have a unique presentation that clinicians are learning to recognize -- and medical imaging plays a role in both diagnosing and following up cases, according to researchers from Saudi Arabia in a new paper in Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Whole-body DWI-MRI could aid treatment of myeloma
February 3, 2014 -- Whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) can help assess treatment response in patients with myeloma and potentially reduce the number of painful bone marrow biopsies they need to undergo, according to a study published online in Radiology.  Discuss
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