A short and critical approach to contrast agent safety
September 8, 2017 -- In the current climate of "gadolinium phobia," it's difficult to know which contrast agent to use in a given clinical scenario and in what quantity. The Maverinck aims to bring some clarity and common sense to the ongoing safety debate in his latest column.  Discuss
Olympic sport of wrestling poses injury challenges
August 22, 2017 -- Wrestling is a popular global sport, but due to its arduous nature, it has a particularly high injury rate. Shoulder injuries are a major problem for wrestlers, and new research has shed light on the radiological aspects.  Discuss
EJR: More experience doesn't always mean less dose
August 10, 2017 -- Radiology experience is not always an indication of how much radiation dose patients receive, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Radiology (EJR). For fluoroscopic-guided hip injections, Canadians found trainees tend not to expose patients to increased radiation as compared with their experienced colleagues.  Discuss
When radiologists can be useful ...
August 7, 2017 -- A little boy has a persistent cough, and the chest specialist suspects lung cancer. Then a retired radiologist intervenes and helps resolve the potential crisis. The Maverinck tells this simple tale.  Discuss
How to optimize dose in hybrid operating rooms
August 2, 2017 -- A clinical team from Liverpool, U.K., has revealed a 14-point strategy for improving radiation dose awareness and protection in a hybrid operating room. The checklist could serve as a useful guide for hospitals across Europe and beyond performing image-guided minimally invasive procedures.  Discuss
8 ways to boost accuracy in lateral chest x-rays
July 13, 2017 -- A clear understanding of normal thoracic anatomy and appearances on a lateral chest radiograph, along with a systematic approach for reviewing cases, can increase confidence with interpretation, according to U.K. researchers who have developed an eight-point plan to help the process.  Discuss
Harry Potter's not the only injured quidditch player
June 21, 2017 -- Injuries from the Harry Potter-inspired sport of quidditch are far from make-believe, researchers from Oxford, U.K., have found. Fractures are surprisingly common, and players should consider wearing protective helmets and gloves, they recommended at last week's U.K. Radiological Congress.  Discuss
RoeKo: Phase-contrast imaging looks set for clinical use
May 29, 2017 -- After years in development, phase-contrast imaging is ready for clinical use, and one of its first functions could be to view the lungs of patients with a variety of pulmonary diseases, according to an expert from the German Radiology Congress (Deutscher Röntgenkongress, RöKo 2017).  Discuss
Ditch x-ray to diagnose COPD, study finds
May 26, 2017 -- In the quest to diagnose mild-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), radiologists often use chest radiographs, but Dutch researchers of a new study advise that they shouldn't do so because it results in substantial overdiagnosis.  Discuss
Study: Reject pelvic x-rays if axial rotation exceeds 10°
May 5, 2017 -- Researchers from Lebanon have found they can estimate the pelvic axial rotation of children and adults during x-ray acquisition, and any x-rays in which the axial rotation exceeds 10° should be discarded.  Discuss