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The secrets of a great radiological report
May 22, 2013 -- In modern radiological practice, there definitely aren't enough smiles and we are seriously short on chuckles. But used carefully, humor can help to ensure your reports are read to the end and actually enjoyed by referring clinicians, writes Dr. Paul McCoubrie.
Dublin summit decides teleradiology is a medical act
May 20, 2013 -- The regulatory war of words over the status and definition of teleradiology took an important new turn at last week's EU summit on e-healthcare, when national decision-makers and authorities from 27 member states gathered in Dublin.
Saudi Arabia makes big strides in healthcare IT
May 16, 2013 -- The opening of the Saudi Health meeting this week highlights the major investments the country is making in healthcare IT. But Western IT vendors must do a better job of adapting their software to local needs, according to radiology informatics expert Herman Oosterwijk of OTech.
Finland acts to protect children from excess radiation dose
May 14, 2013 -- Image Gently, the international campaign to protect children from unnecessary radiation dose exposure, is practiced avidly in Finland. A network of PACS throughout the country helps make this possible, according to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Distinguishing between teleradiologists and clinical radiologists
May 14, 2013 -- Multidisciplinary team meetings still have a vital role to play in radiology today, even though the profession is changing fast, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar. Also, patients are in the driving seat for demanding quality and can have a significant impact on the care they receive.
Why interruptions are a good thing
May 1, 2013 -- A change of ethos is necessary when it comes to interruptions, and it's far better to think of them as consultations, writes columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Consultants are there to be consulted and we should always try to help our clinical colleagues, he says.
Philip Gishen: We must fully embrace teleradiology
April 10, 2013 -- Do not fear teleradiology, asserts Dr. Philip Gishen, the respected radiologist who restored calm and order at two of London's top hospitals after turbulent times. He has nurtured a special interest in teleradiology, and is convinced it can deliver high standards and won't take away a radiologist's job.
Why I hate being ordered around
April 10, 2013 -- An order is not the same thing as a request, according to columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Find out why ordering scans instead of requesting them annoys him, and results in bad medicine in his opinion.
ESR survey: Patient confidentiality, consent policies are outdated
April 5, 2013 -- Monitoring of access to confidential patient imaging information hasn't kept up with changes in technology, according to the results of a survey by the European Society of Radiology (ESR). In addition, Europe lacks clear guidelines on patient confidentiality and invasion of privacy, as well as updated patient consent policies.
Study explores cost of telemedicine for rural hospitals
March 29, 2013 -- Given the scarcity of physicians and healthcare facilities in rural areas, German researchers are developing a financial model to calculate the most cost-effective option to deliver medical expertise to patients in need through telemedicine.
PACS in 2013: Back to the future of radiology
March 14, 2013 -- After focusing on enterprise IT for the last three years with limited success, PACS research and development efforts should refocus on radiology and what PACS is good at -- helping radiologists perform their work better, according to healthcare IT market analyst Theo Ahadome.
Under pressure: Digitization weakens a radiologist's authority
March 13, 2013 -- Radiologists must learn to live with the paradox that although the digital imaging revolution is enlarging their methodological arsenal, this has not strengthened their authority. On the contrary, it is increasingly undermining it, writes guest columnist Dr. Werner Golder.
PACS makes conversations flow at Norwegian cancer center
March 1, 2013 -- PACS technology, combined with Web-enabled viewing, often is praised for making a patient's diagnostic images rapidly available to any authorized clinician who needs to see them, but this access can be at the expense of face-to-face discussions between radiologists and their colleagues; a Norwegian hospital counters that.
Global pioneer James Thrall reflects on 30 years in radiology
February 28, 2013 -- On 1 February, Dr. James Thrall stepped down as chairman of the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, ending a 30-year career as one of the leading figures in radiology. In this exclusive article, Dr. Thrall reflects on the changes he's seen over the past 30 years in medical imaging.
Austrians provide boost for digital telemammography
February 27, 2013 -- Compared with teleradiology, implementation of telemammography has been held back by vendor-related technical limitations of some diagnostic workstations and lack of affordable data networks capable of transmitting large uncompressed mammography images. Researchers from Vienna have now given a boost to the technology's viability.
Patients have rights to quality standards of radiology reporting
February 11, 2013 -- Radiology today is integral to modern-day patient care. But do patients understand the significance of the report that is produced and that it is a medical opinion? Do they know the difference between a high-quality radiology report and a mediocre one, even if the diagnosis is the same? Our columnist Dr. Neelam Dugar discusses all this.