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Saudi study finds evidence of inappropriate CT referrals
June 19, 2014 -- A new study of CT referrals in a large academic hospital in Saudi Arabia has underlined the need to increase collaboration between clinicians and radiologists in order to follow appropriateness guidelines, attain radiation dose reduction strategies, and avoid misuse of the modality.
Lowering patient waiting times is challenging
June 18, 2014 -- Can initiatives such as teleradiology or PACS decrease patient waiting times for radiology services? It's possible, although the literature isn't conclusive, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
The U.K.'s great teleradiology debate
June 18, 2014 -- Last week's teleradiology statement from the Royal College of Radiologists has got a heated response. Dr. George McInnes, a practicing U.K. radiologist who is an adviser to a teleradiology company, presents his personal views on the document.
Norwegians seek to add clarity to breast screening dispute
June 17, 2014 -- An invitation to participate in breast cancer screening reduces cancer death risk by 28%, according to a new study by researchers from Norway and published in BMJ. Mammography screening experts have called the study "thorough," "accurate," and "refreshingly free" of hysteria; an accompanying editorial, however, is not, they said.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 17, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to Norwegian researchers.
Be creative on tech assessment, DRG president urges
June 16, 2014 -- A critical challenge is how to assess the influence of every imaging procedure with accuracy and rigor. Dr. Norbert Hosten, president of the German Radiological Society (DRG), thinks there's a big opportunity to exploit the potential of new scientific participation in fresh and original ways.
Radiographer reporting leads to major gains at top cancer facility
June 16, 2014 -- A structured four-year scheme for reporting of chest x-rays by radiographers has brought impressive results at the Christie in Manchester. The percentage of chest x-rays waiting six days or more for a formal report has fallen to almost nothing in four years, and the turnaround time also has dropped.
Bidirectional scans can boost resolution of 3D images
June 13, 2014 -- The value of optoacoustic or photoacoustic imaging in preclinical research has been established, and German researchers are now working toward clinical translation of the technique. A new study shows a bidirectional scanning approach improves the elevational resolution of 3D images.
UKRC: How to achieve success with fetal MRI
June 12, 2014 -- MANCHESTER - There's a great need to optimize and standardize patient care and imaging parameters to realize fetal MRI's potential, avoid unnecessary repeat examinations and improve image quality and efficiency, according to research presented at this week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).
SNMMI: New PET tracer detects recurrent prostate cancer
June 12, 2014 -- German researchers have developed a new PET radiotracer that detects recurrent prostate cancer in patients with very low prostate-specific antigen levels, according to two preliminary studies presented this week at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting in St. Louis.
Royal College gets tough on overseas teleradiology
June 11, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has called for changes in how overseas doctors working for teleradiology companies are regulated. RCR officials have issued a 13-point position statement and met with the U.K. General Medical Council, Care Quality Commission, and Department of Health.
Austria shows the way on e-health records
June 11, 2014 -- A new software tool developed at the Vienna Hospitals Association as part of a diploma thesis is proving successful in the systematic generation of radiology reports. Furthermore, it is compatible with the country's electronic health record system.
Mammography breast density measurements need modifying
June 10, 2014 -- Standard breast density measurement thresholds derived from film-screen mammography don't port over well to full-field digital mammography (FFDM). Using breast density assessment software, however, Canadian researchers have found that lower percentage cut points for FFDM yielded comparable prognostic power.
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