JFR: 29 points to safeguard radiology's future
October 19, 2016 -- Radiology's in vital need of reform. That's a key conclusion of the latest publication from France's influential Professional Council of Radiology, which was unveiled at the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR) congress and contains 29 proposals to ensure the profession's bright future.
U.K. team determines age of patella ossification
October 18, 2016 -- The patella ossifies in children between the age of 2 and 6, and there is a clear gender difference, with all girls having an ossified patella before their 5th birthday, according to researchers from a top London hospital. Moreover, girls have larger patella ossification centers.
Ghost imaging could lead to lower x-ray doses
September 29, 2016 -- Ghost imaging generates images by analyzing correlations between two light beams, the more powerful of which doesn't bounce off the object in question. The technique has been demonstrated at visible and infrared wavelengths, but now two international groups have extended it to the x-ray region.
UAE steps up campaign on dose awareness
September 22, 2016 -- Moves to limit medical radiation exposure are intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety issues and education now are high on the agenda of healthcare professionals. Every effort must be made to reduce exposure and boost risk awareness, according to key participants at next month's summit in the region.
Migrants: How to determine age on pelvic x-rays
September 16, 2016 -- In an attempt to assist decision-makers in the migrant crisis, Turkish researchers have redoubled their efforts to identify an accurate way of evaluating bone age using pelvic radiographs in young adults.
ESC: No benefit in treating extracoronary lesions
August 30, 2016 -- Treating asymptomatic extracoronary artery disease provides no extra benefit to high-risk patients compared with a less aggressive approach that treats only symptomatic disease, according to a report presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Rome.
Germany orders 20% reduction in DRLs for radiation dose
August 25, 2016 -- Stating that more progress is needed in reducing patient exposure to radiation dose, German regulatory authorities on Tuesday announced a 20% reduction in diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for radiation from medical imaging procedures. The move could require some facilities to replace aging equipment.
Total scans at Rio Olympics exceeded 1,500
August 24, 2016 -- On the final day of the Olympics in Rio, the number of imaging procedures burst through the 1,500 barrier, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. João Grangeiro. By 5 p.m. Brazil time on Sunday, 862 MRI, 460 x-ray, and 178 ultrasound exams had been performed.
Rio 2016 polyclinic opens its doors
August 3, 2016 -- The Rio Olympics begin on Friday. Two MRI systems, plus three digital x-ray and four ultrasound units, will be housed in the 3,500-sq-m polyclinic, which stays open until 18 September. We take a peep inside the building.
Medical physics: Future directions and current status
July 29, 2016 -- Where is medical physics now, and where might it be in 60 years' time? And what have been the key moments in the evolution of medical physics? These questions were addressed in a symposium at London's Imperial College.