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.
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.
Radiologists must engage with Choosing Wisely initiative
December 27, 2013 -- The Choosing Wisely campaign from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation is now widespread, and because it clearly targets radiology as a specialty whose services are often overused or unnecessary, radiologists must respond, according to a presentation given at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting.
Patients must know your name, RSNA president urges
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Patients should be actively encouraged to know the names of their radiologists, and patient-driven care must become a vital part of radiologists' culture, however strange it may seem to them, RSNA 2013 delegates heard during the presidential address at Sunday's opening session.
Don't forget radiographers when adopting PACS
October 8, 2013 -- Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiographers have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers.
MRI not overused in Finland, but concerns remain
August 28, 2013 -- Inappropriate use of MRI may not be very common in Finland, but researchers there are concerned that financial issues and the increasing number of patients referred for MRI could escalate the number of unnecessary exams, according to a study published online in Insights into Imaging.
Education reduces unnecessary prostate imaging in Sweden
July 24, 2013 -- The rate of inappropriate imaging scans for low-risk prostate cancer patients in Sweden fell dramatically in the decade following an education effort to curb such tests, according to a study published online on 23 July in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
A practical guide to radiology trainee recruitment
July 3, 2013 -- As Oscar Wilde once so neatly didn't put it, "There are lies, damned lies, and radiology trainee applications." To shortlist effectively requires an ability to read between the lines. Columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie provides a key to what commonly used phrases actually mean.
Mind the gender gap: Inequity for women radiologists flourishes
May 24, 2013 -- Despite the significant number of women radiologists in Italy, there exists a gender gap, which can be witnessed in horizontal and vertical segregation, according to a European Journal of Radiology article published online on 15 May. The author recommends that policies should be introduced to counter the bias.
Imaging community reflects on French radiation scandal
March 20, 2013 -- As the dust continues to settle on last month's radiation therapy overdose litigation and prison sentences in France, experts believe the gravity of the case relates to the attempts to conceal the errors, and they are keen to see reinforcement of a culture in which staff are encouraged to report and not hide mistakes.
High-field MRI exposure linked to radiographers' depression
March 11, 2013 -- VIENNA - As MRI continues to advance to greater magnet strengths to uncover mysteries in the body, researchers warned on Monday at ECR 2013 that constant exposure to high-field systems could lead to psychological problems such as clinical depression among MRI radiographers.
Is visibility the only way to save radiology?
March 8, 2013 -- VIENNA - Visibility is the shield that can protect radiology against the slings and arrows steadily lining up against it, according to experts who spoke at a professional challenges session on Friday at ECR 2013.