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).
Adrian Dixon: Has imaging become too effective?
June 8, 2016 -- LIVERPOOL - There is a real danger that imaging has become a victim of its own success by being too effective, resulting in huge increases in workload, reduced clinical acumen, insufficient number of radiologists and radiographers, and too many sequences and images, warned Dr. Adrian Dixon at the U.K. Radiological Congress.
Paralympians pose special set of imaging challenges
June 7, 2016 -- Paralympic athletes represent a particular challenge for imaging professionals, because they often have underlying physiological or structural abnormalities that take patient management and care to a new level, according to Dr. Rob Campbell, Paralympic imaging lead at the London 2012 Games.
Debate focuses on how medical physicists improve therapy
June 3, 2016 -- When introducing new treatment technologies, medical physicists are faced with a tricky balance between quality and safety. But how can they help improve treatment quality? This question was addressed by Håkan Nyström, PhD, chief physicist at the Skandion Clinic in Uppsala, Sweden.