10 steps for proper communication of radiology reports June 7, 2016 -- The current state of radiology report communication in the U.K. poses "unacceptable risks," and this serious ongoing problem has prompted the Royal College of Radiologists to release new standards to ensure that urgent findings are communicated and acted upon in a timely manner.
Quality street: Simple technology can bring sweet success May 30, 2016 -- The constant drive for quality improvement is a major issue today, particularly in the U.K. Increased pressure on imaging services means radiologists need support to manage their workload and minimize errors. Industry expert David Howard gives his opinion.
ACR 2016: Get more hashtag savvy, say U.K. experts May 17, 2016 -- Radiologists are significantly underrepresented in social media, particularly Twitter, and they must be more proactive and use it more effectively to shape the future of imaging services, according to the authors of a U.K. study being presented at this week's American College of Radiology (ACR) meeting.
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.