MIR: Communicate with patients or face being sued October 15, 2014 -- Failure to communicate effectively in the form of a triangle involving the radiologist, the referring physician, and the patient will result in more lawsuits, delegates were warned at this month's Management in Radiology (MIR) congress in Bologna, Italy.
U.K. radiographers opt to strike on 20 October October 8, 2014 -- For the first time in more than 30 years, radiographers in the U.K. public sector will take part in a national strike for four hours on the morning of Monday, 20 October. Also, nonurgent imaging procedures look set to be disrupted throughout that week.
U.K. radiographers say they are ready to strike October 3, 2014 -- In a widely expected rejection of a continuing pay freeze, U.K. radiographers working in medical imaging and radiation therapy voted today to join other healthcare unions in the country by taking industrial action that could include a strike, the Society of Radiographers reported.
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.