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.  Discuss
Strickland on film: Part 1 -- PACS lessons & the Hammersmith
February 10, 2016 -- London's Hammersmith Hospital was a PACS pioneer when it went filmless 20 years ago. What lessons have been learned? Dr. Nicola Strickland, who has worked on the project from the outset, provides answers in part one of this video series.  Discuss
Structured reports boost surgeon satisfaction, plans
February 3, 2016 -- Structured reports of shoulder MRI studies tend to be more comprehensive and relevant than traditional free-text reports, and surgeons appreciate those benefits for expeditious clinical decision-making and surgical planning, German researchers have reported.  Discuss
U.K. audit shows failure to track urgent findings
January 26, 2016 -- A U.K. audit has found that patients are being put at risk, because in only 11 out of 26 radiology departments with an electronic acknowledgement system are staff regularly monitoring the read rate to ensure that critical findings are acted upon.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
UAE offers open, cosmopolitan environment
January 19, 2016 -- Working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be a very positive and rewarding experience, according to the international chest imaging expert Dr. Jung-Gi Im, PhD. He's been based in the region for more than a year and became an honorary member of the RSNA last month.  Discuss
PACS software benefits from real-world feedback
January 14, 2016 -- Radiologists frequently discover usability issues on workstations during clinical use, so it's important for vendors to continue evaluating their software after deployment, according to new research from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.  Discuss
Social media 'minefield' requires extreme care
January 13, 2016 -- Social media is a minefield for unwary medical professionals, and it's vital to be fully aware of your local guidance, particularly on anonymization of images and consent issues, a group of U.K. radiologists warned at RSNA 2015 in Chicago.  Discuss
Analysis finds variation in how radiologists use PACS
January 12, 2016 -- Individual radiologists may not always go about interpreting an imaging study in the same manner on PACS as their colleagues, but these variations don't typically result in differences in reading times, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2015 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
U.K. issues new guidelines on 7-day acute care
December 22, 2015 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists has published a checklist of 14 standards for a seven-day acute care diagnostic radiology service. Among its key recommendations is that a radiologist must have 11 hours of continuous rest in a 24-hour period.  Discuss