Practice Economics
MRI use linked to patient mortality in Irish study
July 15, 2014 -- A new study of MRI use at a hospital in Ireland paints a complex picture of the modality, with higher in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays for patients who got MRI scans. However, this could be because the patients were more acutely ill, according to an article in the July Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Pimp up your CV to enhance job prospects
July 2, 2014 -- Always view your curriculum vitae (CV) as a work in progress that can be improved upon and refined, and before a big job interview, make sure you get familiar with all the management jargon, abbreviations, and current healthcare issues, according to speakers at a special forum for trainees.
Saudi study finds evidence of inappropriate CT referrals
June 19, 2014 -- A new study of CT referrals in a large academic hospital in Saudi Arabia has underlined the need to increase collaboration between clinicians and radiologists in order to follow appropriateness guidelines, attain radiation dose reduction strategies, and avoid misuse of the modality.
Lowering patient waiting times is challenging
June 18, 2014 -- Can initiatives such as teleradiology or PACS decrease patient waiting times for radiology services? It's possible, although the literature isn't conclusive, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Jumping for joy? Not exactly, says work attitudes survey
May 20, 2014 -- More attention must be given to burnout and fatigue among radiography and physics staff, and it's essential to identify new ways to enhance the professional resilience of workers and enable them to cope better with ever-growing workloads, a U.K. job satisfaction survey has found.
New study turns light on imaging in the shadows
April 16, 2014 -- Many patients believe that the referring clinician is the doctor and the radiologist is just a picture taker. There needs to be more awareness that the radiologist is the patient's doctor just like any other, according to Dr. Jan Bosmans. To understand how wide the misconception of radiologists is, Bosmans is conducting a survey on the conceptions and perceptions of diagnostic radiology.
Jane Adam: Audits aren't boring and they must be done
March 27, 2014 -- Audit is perceived by many as the boring counterpart to the more exciting "proper" research. But audit is important and will be even more so in the future, according to Dr. E. Jane Adam, chairperson of the European Society of Radiology's Professional Organisation Committee. She explains why everybody must undertake audits and advises on how they can be planned and published.
Dr. Michael Fuchsjäger on radiology jobs in the Middle East
March 8, 2014 -- Dr. Michael Fuchsjäger, from the Medical University of Graz in Austria, discusses the growing employment opportunities for Western radiologists in the Middle East. He also shares his own experience of working and living with his family in the United Arab Emirates, and offers some advice for those considering working in the region.
Video from ECR 2014: Interview with ECR President Dr. Valentin Sinitsyn
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - ECR 2014 President Dr. Valentin Sinitsyn, PhD, from Moscow, discusses the new changes at this year's congress, how the political situation in Ukraine is affecting the congress, and how the ECR helps to strengthen friendship and understanding between radiologists from many nations.
New radiographers outperform older counterparts at breast positioning
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Older does not connote wiser, at least in the case of breast radiographers. In a surprising study from the Netherlands presented on Thursday at ECR 2014, researchers found that new radiographers performed better than experienced ones in terms of breast positioning.
Radiographers explore dose reduction strategies
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Exposure indexes, image quality, and patient dose were at the heart of the scientific session for radiographers on Thursday at ECR 2014. Standardization and equalization of dose is important and must be achieved by understanding the decision-making of the radiographer, according to one presenter.
Video from ECR 2014: Dr. Georg Bongartz on the growing issue of turf battles
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - Dr. Georg Bongartz, head of general radiology at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland, discusses how radiologists should respond to the growing issue of turf battles with other medical specialties at ECR 2014.
'Get clinical' to tackle growing threat posed by turf battles
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - Besides nonradiologists taking a greater share of imaging, complacency among radiologists themselves poses a significant threat to the profession, according to Dr. Georg Bongartz, from the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland. At ECR 2014, he is a speaker at today's Professional Challenges session about opportunities and threats.
Heterodoxy and hegemony: Part 1
February 19, 2014 -- Micromanagement by individuals in gray suits is reaching new heights -- or lows, depending on how you look at it, writes Dr. Paul McCoubrie. He's concerned about the hegemonic assumptions that more structure in training and education is better, and counting numbers of cases is a valid way of assuming competency.
Arab Health: UAE technologists find roles transformed
January 29, 2014 -- DUBAI - Not long ago, being a radiographer/radiologic technologist meant being an x-ray technician with limited responsibilities. But technology, demographics, and the rapidly evolving needs of the imaging department have changed the picture globally -- and especially in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Residents' burnout shows up on fMRI scans
December 31, 2013 -- In the first study to examine physician burnout using functional MRI (fMRI), researchers found that residents' clinical reasoning is more profoundly affected by the syndrome than that of faculty physicians. Results were published in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

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