CT practice proves vital in mass casualty incidents
January 27, 2016 -- Locating a CT scanner as close as possible to the emergency room and implementing an effective triage system can make a huge difference in mass casualty and polytrauma incidents, according to researchers in Munich who conducted a simulated exercise involving 70 patients.
Automated contrast evens attenuation across weight ranges
January 26, 2016 -- Dutch researchers are reducing the contrast dose and achieving consistent results in a coronary CT angiography method that tailors the scanning protocol automatically according to patient weight. The technique delivers consistent coronary artery enhancement in multiple weight categories.
U.K. audit shows failure to track urgent findings
January 26, 2016 -- A U.K. audit has found that patients are being put at risk, because in only 11 out of 26 radiology departments with an electronic acknowledgement system are staff regularly monitoring the read rate to ensure that critical findings are acted upon.
Standardized documents lie at heart of good management
January 25, 2016 -- Detailed, standardized service documentation is essential to the effective management of radiology departments. Dr. Mathias Cohnen, from Neuss in Germany, explains about the form this documentation should take if it is to achieve full transparency.
Mobile stroke units, spectral CT take spots on ECRI watch list
January 22, 2016 -- New up-and-coming healthcare offerings that make use of CT -- mobile stroke units and spectral CT -- occupied two spots on a list of new healthcare trends to watch in 2016, published by healthcare consultancy ECRI Institute.
Munich team shows promise of 3D in vivo skin mapping
January 21, 2016 -- Diagnosis of skin cancer currently requires a biopsy, which is costly, often causes permanent scarring, and may expose the patient to the risk of infection. New German research suggests optical imaging technologies may provide a viable, noninvasive alternative.
U.K. litigation figures come under close scrutiny
January 20, 2016 -- A total of 791 litigation claims involving radiology in the U.K. National Health Service and covering a 20-year period have come under the microscope. Chest x-rays, CT, and mammography accounted for two-thirds of these claims.
UAE offers open, cosmopolitan environment
January 19, 2016 -- Working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be a very positive and rewarding experience, according to the international chest imaging expert Dr. Jung-Gi Im, PhD. He's been based in the region for more than a year and became an honorary member of the RSNA last month.
Security concerns lead to cancellation of ESTI 2016
January 18, 2016 -- The annual meeting of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI), scheduled to take place in Istanbul from 26 to 28 May, has been called off due to security worries in the Turkish city.
Fish bones stuck in throat pose huge challenge
January 18, 2016 -- The ingestion of fish bones and other foreign bodies and their impaction in the upper aerodigestive tract is a common emergency, and radiologists must keep aware of the range of pitfalls in interpretation that can affect patient management, according to prize-winning research from Spain.
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