Spain: Study highlights rise in pediatric CT scan rate August 26, 2015 -- A new study published in Pediatric Radiology looking at pediatric CT patterns of use in the Spanish region of Catalonia has revealed gradual increases in CT scans and the number of CT-scanned patients over 23 years from 1991 to 2013.
CAD picks patients with TB drug resistance August 24, 2015 -- Researchers in Belarus have developed a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme that can fairly accurately predict drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB) patients. The results show that the prediction tool could potentially improve triage and care of TB patients.
Bedside chest x-rays: Are radiologists needed? August 18, 2015 -- When it comes to reading bedside chest x-rays, is the radiologist still needed, or can the task be delegated to other physicians? Swiss researchers have found that as long as the person is experienced, the discipline really doesn't matter.
CT transforms abdominopelvic trauma care August 13, 2015 -- Today, CT is vital for assessing intra-abdominal and pelvic hemorrhage, and it has boosted trauma management and had major implications for radiologists, according to new research presented at the 2015 congress of the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology.
Russia's limits on x-ray and other imports set to expand August 12, 2015 -- Russia is preparing to impose new restrictions on the purchase of imported medical equipment and supplies, adding to the limits on foreign-made x-ray machines and other devices that were enacted earlier this year. The country's safety rules also may be updated soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guerbet bids to buy Mallinckrodt's contrast business July 27, 2015 -- French contrast agent developer Guerbet plans to acquire the contrast media and injector business of U.S. firm Mallinckrodt. The 243.5 million euro deal will double Guerbet's annual revenues, expand its product line, and instantly make the company a major player in the U.S. contrast market.