Paperless hospitals: VNA suppliers can learn from PACS
April 20, 2016 -- Vendor-neutral archive (VNA) companies are forging ahead with a vision of paperless hospitals. Vendors collaborating and adopting the standards-based approach can learn lessons from what made PACS such a global success and can help end users go paperless, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar.
Getting patient consent requires sensitivity, tact
March 30, 2016 -- Obtaining informed consent is an important part of radiologists' work, but rarely do they give it sufficient thought and attention, note two leading German experts. In this interview, they give practical hints and suggestions for obtaining patient consent.
Top tips: The patient behind the picture
March 21, 2016 -- Healthcare systems around the world face ever-growing economic pressures, forcing doctors and other staff to become more efficient and cost-effective. Where do anxious patients and their concerned relatives or friends find due consideration? Read this thought-provoking interview with Dr. Lorenzo Derchi.
Video from ECR 2016: Dr. Leo Lawler on management
March 4, 2016 -- VIENNA - Keeping up to date in a fast-moving specialty like radiology is a tough task in itself, but radiologists must also give greater thought to management issues, says Dr. Leo Lawler in an interview with AuntMinnieEurope.com at ECR 2016. He also provides an update on radiology in Ireland, where PACS and the use of locum radiologists remain big issues.
New software assesses radiographers who read images
February 11, 2016 -- A new software tool offers the ability to assess and monitor the interpretation skills of radiographers. Called RadBench, the package measures image interpretation performance metrics such as sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. The software was developed at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, U.K., and researchers from the institution discussed their experience in a new study published in Radiography.
Standardized documents lie at heart of good management
January 25, 2016 -- Detailed, standardized service documentation is essential to the effective management of radiology departments. Dr. Mathias Cohnen, from Neuss in Germany, explains about the form this documentation should take if it is to achieve full transparency.
Are patients ready to communicate with radiologists?
December 7, 2015 -- A new survey from Belgium has revealed patients continue to be confused about the role and scope of the radiologist. Almost 50% of surveyed patients did not even realize radiologists were doctors, according to the article published online on 29 November by Acta Radiologica.
10 ways to build relationships with referring physicians
November 20, 2015 -- How can you keep your referring physicians happy? Clinical competence is a start, but physicians want relationships with professionals they know, like, and trust. And more than ever, radiology departments need to satisfy patients.
Sink or swim? U.K. radiology struggles to stay afloat
November 4, 2015 -- The development of an enterprise-wide imaging strategy is now a major priority in the U.K. As the battle to reduce diagnostic waiting times and accelerate patient access to treatment intensifies, radiology finds itself burdened with escalating pressures, writes industry expert Warren Edwards.
U.K. radiographers say no to ob/gyn assistant practitioners
September 11, 2015 -- Mindful of the growing shortage of obstetric sonographers, the U.K. Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) said it nevertheless opposes any effort to incorporate assistant practitioners into the field for assessing fetal growth and weight, saying the complex tasks involved fall "outside APs' scope of practice."