Wrist fractures come out top in audit of MSK errors
August 11, 2015 -- In a new audit of musculoskeletal (MSK) errors made at a top London hospital, the most common mistakes presented at discrepancy meetings in 2014 were wrist fractures, with triquetral fractures being the biggest group within these, and the most common type was perceptual.
MRI accident leads to loss of thumb for French boy
August 11, 2015 -- A 13-year-old French boy lost his thumb during a routine MRI examination of the pancreas, according to a report in the Courrier Picard newspaper. Such incidents can occur more frequently in August, when regular staff are on vacation.
Belgians scoop prize for research on elbow injuries
August 10, 2015 -- Elbow injuries are common in power and combat sports such as boxing, judo, weightlifting, and wrestling, but uncertainty surrounds the best imaging approach. Belgian researchers provided fresh analysis at the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology congress and collected a top award for it.
U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit
August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a U.S. team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.
New light shed on triple-negative breast cancer
August 6, 2015 -- Watch out for triple-negative breast cancer as it will often demonstrate benign morphological features on ultrasound, researchers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have found. Biopsies should still be performed unless the lesion is clearly a cyst or typical fibroadenoma, they insist.
Kalender: Tell your patients about CT's benefits, not risks
August 5, 2015 -- CT is thriving, and instead of informing patients about the risk of radiation-induced cancer, now's the time to emphasize the upside of undergoing an examination, according to CT pioneer Willi Kalender, PhD. Tell them CT saves lives, he said in a special lecture.
Portuguese make progress on patient dose tracking
August 5, 2015 -- To help tackle the challenging task of monitoring cumulative patient radiation dose from imaging studies across institutions, a Portuguese research team has developed a Web-based system that automatically extracts, processes, and analyzes dose data.
How to turn bad reviews into positive patient experiences
August 4, 2015 -- Have you ever looked at the Facebook page of your department or practice and found that a patient has given you a bad review? How best can you deal with a grumpy old man or woman? Kyle Bolton shares his experiences and offers advice on how you can turn disgruntled patients into champions for your brand.
Belgian hospital reviews CT dose in pregnant patients
August 3, 2015 -- CT use in pregnant women is climbing, but are good clinical practices being followed, especially when it comes to radiation dose? The answer is mostly yes, at least at one Belgian hospital, which found that radiation dose met guidelines despite a threefold increase in scans in the last few years.
DBT boosts mammo's specificity, lowers recall rate
July 31, 2015 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to conventional mammography boosted the specificity of breast screening and cut the recall of women with benign lesions by more than half in a new study published in Radiology. DBT plus mammography also showed sensitivity gains in some groups of women.
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