ESCR: Chest x-rays pick up incidental findings
October 17, 2017 -- Don't underestimate chest x-rays as a useful technique for illuminating thoracic aorta pathologies, particularly when it comes to highlighting incidental findings, according to Italian research presented at last week's European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) congress in Milan.  Discuss
JFR 2017: CT overscanning leads to higher radiation doses
October 16, 2017 -- Efforts to curb radiation exposure with dose reduction technology have stepped up in recent years, but a study from Switzerland has revealed another source of excessive radiation dose across hospitals -- overscanning, delegates at the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR 2017) heard on 16 October.  Discuss
Staffing crisis deepens in U.K., RCR says
October 11, 2017 -- Nearly one in 10 radiology posts in the U.K. were vacant in 2016, and 61% of those positions were unfilled for a year or more, according to a new report released by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
How to win 'ongoing battle' over CT dose in trauma
October 10, 2017 -- Optimizing radiation dose in whole-body CT polytrauma cases represents an ongoing battle, but it can be won, according to researchers from Oxford, U.K. To minimize risk to patients, the justification criteria must be robust and documented justification should be clearly communicated.  Discuss
CT radiation dose tracking reveals global disparities
October 5, 2017 -- The growing use of radiation dose tracking software has revealed an inconvenient truth: There are substantial differences around the world in the amount of radiation dose being used for CT scans, according to a Swiss study published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Fraunhofer uses 3D CT to scan old musical instruments
October 3, 2017 -- Researchers at the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology are using 3D CT to examine historical musical instruments belonging to the collection held by the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM) as part of the MUSICES project.  Discuss
Radiology gets set for IDoR on 8 November
October 2, 2017 -- Over 150 professional societies from across the globe are set to take part in the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) on 8 November. The focus is on emergency radiology, and the organizers have posted expert interviews with radiologists from Spain, France, and elsewhere.  Discuss
Why a disturbed child should make us suspicious
September 29, 2017 -- X-ray, CT, and MRI play a key diagnostic role in cases of suspected violence against children. Some findings are made by chance, while others are abundantly apparent. In this interview, Dr. Hans-Joachim Mentzel, chair of the German Pediatric Radiology Association, discusses the signs to look for.  Discuss
U.K. issues new advice on imaging of child abuse
September 27, 2017 -- The U.K. has released detailed guidelines on suspected cases of child abuse. The 54-page document can be downloaded for free from the Royal College of Radiologists' website, and given the U.K.'s experience and leading role in this area, it may be used widely across Europe.  Discuss
Swiss use computer algorithm to estimate CT fetal dose
September 26, 2017 -- Researchers from Switzerland have developed computer models to estimate the radiation dose to fetuses of pregnant women undergoing CT. The ramifications include better decision-making for doctors and patients, according to the study team.  Discuss