Germans focus on pediatric dose, as crisis deepens
October 1, 2014 -- A special session on radiation protection was a highlight at the recent annual meeting of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. It reflected mounting concerns over dose, but also highlighted the crisis facing pediatric radiology.
Debate over cervical spinal trauma takes new turn
September 30, 2014 -- Many cervical spine injuries identified on subsequent CT scans are not visible on plain radiographs, and there is also a high rate of technical inadequacy of cervical spine plain radiography in trauma cases, according to award-winning research.
Irish radiology department finds it's not easy being green
September 26, 2014 -- A new survey found that radiology staff members at a hospital in Dublin were reluctant to take simple actions that could save thousands of euros in energy costs. Administrators may therefore need to take more extreme actions, such as programming computers to automatically go into sleep mode overnight, to wring out cost savings.
U.K. releases new advice on CT colonography
September 23, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology have issued recommendations on the use of CT colonography. The 23-page document can be downloaded for free from the RCR's website and includes details about how to plan and deliver a service.
It's time to ditch your old gear, ESR says
September 22, 2014 -- Every healthcare facility or authority should have a plan for upgrading or renewing imaging equipment, and the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually, according to a statement issued on 18 September by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
CT detects battle injuries of King Richard III
September 17, 2014 -- Using whole-body and micro CT, U.K. researchers have concluded that King Richard III suffered three injuries that potentially could have caused his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, according to a study published online on 17 September in the Lancet.
What lies beneath the wrappings of an ancient mummy?
September 16, 2014 -- Archaeology and ancient Egypt have been a point of fascination since Napoleon Bonaparte. An exhibition at the British Museum in London highlights the important role that radiology plays, and it runs until 30 November. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas investigates.
ICR: Survey reveals major knowledge gaps on radiation dose
September 15, 2014 -- DUBAI - The lack of knowledge among medical staff about radiation dose -- specifically for CT scans -- remains a serious concern, and patients still receive very little information about the pros and cons of scans, according to a survey presented at the International Congress of Radiology (ICR).
New studies of Egypt's mummies rest on government go-ahead
September 12, 2014 -- DUBAI - Imaging investigations of ancient Egypt's royal mummies may start again in the near future, but this depends on getting the all-important green light from the country's senior politicians, according to the head of the medical team that has conducted previous examinations.
Support gathers for FDG-PET/CT in spondylodiscitis cases
September 4, 2014 -- Because of its high specificity and ability to differentiate between infection of the spine and other maladies, FDG-PET/CT should be the first option in suspected cases of spondylodiscitis, according to a Spanish study published online on 4 September.