Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
Robot-assisted remote echocardiography shows promise
August 21, 2014 -- Can an ultrasound scanner be controlled robotically by an operator thousands of miles away? It's not just a dream, according to an international team of researchers who demonstrated the feasibility of robot-assisted echocardiography in a pair of articles published recently in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Conebeam CT pinpoints tricky scaphoid fractures
August 20, 2014 -- Conebeam CT is a highly effective, low-dose technique for detecting scaphoid fractures, and can demonstrate concomitant fractures that are notoriously difficult to see on radiographs, according to a prize-winning Belgian study presented at Europe's leading musculoskeletal congress.
Imaging reveals perils of world's oldest field game
August 20, 2014 -- New research conducted in the Irish Republic has highlighted the dangers of hurling, the world's oldest field game. In spite of more protective measures, musculoskeletal injuries remain common among young adults and are encountered frequently by the country's radiologists.
Long reports prone to speech recognition errors
August 19, 2014 -- Perhaps not surprisingly, long and complicated radiology reports that include many positive or unexplained findings have a higher risk for the presence of text errors mistakenly inserted by speech recognition software, according to research from National Health Service Grampian in the U.K.
U.K. group issues report on CT radiation dose
August 18, 2014 -- A U.K. government group has issued a report on CT radiation dose that documents the population's rising exposure to medical radiation, and makes recommendations for reducing the cancer risk from that exposure.
Interventional radiologists need to follow shielding protocols
August 15, 2014 -- Patients must be protected from unnecessary radiation exposure, but what about radiologists who perform interventional exams, particularly CT-guided procedures? German researchers found that radiologists have a low risk of overexposure -- if appropriate precautions are taken.
Beyond cancer: Novel radiotherapy targets
August 14, 2014 -- Radiation therapy is a mainstay treatment for a wide range of cancers. But, according to German researchers, radiotherapy could also prove promising for treating conditions such as atrial fibrillation or hypertension.
EJR: Everything you need to know about CT dose
August 12, 2014 -- All healthcare staff have a responsibility to avoid unnecessarily high radiation dose, but the key players remain diagnostic radiologists who can and should integrate the necessary information and decide upon scan protocols, according to an article published by European Journal of Radiology.