Radiographers' fury grows as strike looms large in U.K.
October 1, 2014 -- The result of a ballot on industrial action sent to all members of the U.K. radiographer society working in the National Health Service is expected by Friday. The outcome will determine what action to take over the three-year pay freeze announced in May, and officials don't seem in the mood for compromise.
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.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
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.