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.
Interventional radiology from head to toe
July 27, 2016 -- Interventional radiologists are like strikers in a football match: Both depend on other players passing the ball to them, says Dr. Christian Stroszczynski, the new head of the German Society for Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy. In this interview, he reveals his aims during his term in office.
Act now on lumbar spine x-ray referrals, U.K. group urges
July 26, 2016 -- All referring physicians must be made more aware of the current guidelines for requesting lumbar spine radiographs, as well as the legal responsibilities, to make certain the correct investigation is requested to answer the clinical question, U.K. researchers have advocated.
Training can boost accuracy of radiographers' reporting
July 5, 2016 -- Appropriate training methods for radiographers have a substantial impact on their ability to interpret images accurately, according to research conducted in Singapore and presented at the 2016 U.K. Radiological Congress in Liverpool.
Dublin team assesses cost aspects of staff shortages
July 1, 2016 -- Undercapacity in radiology departments is leading to substantial costs for hospitals because imaging delays significantly prolong in-patient length of stay, but the problem can be solved by hiring more staff to run existing equipment for longer, according to researchers from a leading Irish facility.
Support grows for more rigorous training on dose
June 28, 2016 -- Fresh evidence of the lack of awareness of radiation protection among medical staff in the Middle East has come from a large new study performed in Saudi Arabia. The research has led to renewed calls for more formal training schemes in the region.
UKRC: Quality system minimizes PACS errors
June 15, 2016 -- Errors in imaging studies sent to PACS represent a high clinical risk, and an efficient, effective, and safe system needs to be in place to initiate action, delegates heard at last week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).