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Better patient positioning cuts dose in x-ray of spine
May 16, 2013 -- Patients lying supine for lateral lumbar spine examinations will receive a higher x-ray dose under single automatic exposure control and without tube potential change than if they had been lying on their side, U.K. researchers have found.
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.
ESTRO: Proton CT has potential to improve patient care
May 7, 2013 -- Evidence is growing that proton CT can enable more accurate treatment planning and range verification for proton therapy. Its emergence as a way to improve the precision of proton therapy was discussed at a recent forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) held in Geneva.
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.
Large European dose survey shows low medical exposure
April 29, 2013 -- A pan-European dose estimation project has found that doses administered to patients in medical imaging examinations vary widely by country, but are lower than comparable levels reported for the U.S. and Australia.
Biplanar DR outperforms standard DR for upright imaging
April 29, 2013 -- Biplanar low-dose x-ray systems outperform standard digital radiography (DR) systems in terms of delivering a lower radiation dose to the patient and expediency in acquiring images, but their cost and limited uses require high examination volume to make them cost-effective, Swiss researchers believe.
Clinical lead elaborates on factors behind Olympic glory
April 24, 2013 -- Training, training, training: That's what lay behind the success of trauma care at the 2012 Olympics, the clinical lead for emergency services for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games told a packed audience at last week's International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2013.
Chest digital tomo can help reduce CT use, costs
April 18, 2013 -- By adding chest digital tomosynthesis in suspected cases of pulmonary lesions, patients can avoid unnecessary CT scans and imaging facilities can lower their expenses, Italian researchers have found.
Free intra-abdominal gas requires careful investigation
April 15, 2013 -- It's vital to understand how the anatomy affects the distribution of free gas within the peritoneal and extraperitoneal regions and use this to determine the most likely site of perforation, award-winning researchers from Malta and the U.K. have found.
Remember chest x-rays for mediastinal diseases
April 4, 2013 -- The posteroanterior chest radiograph remains a powerful tool in diagnosing mediastinal diseases, but to detect an unsuspected mass and avoid potential mistakes, it's essential to understand the concept of mediastinal reflections, according to prize-winning research.
Gymnasts' spines, footballers' ankles, and golfers' wrists take the strain
March 11, 2013 -- VIENNA - The ultrademanding and highly competitive nature of modern professional sport was visible to all during Sunday's refresher course on overuse injuries at ECR 2013. An international group of radiologists discussed common injuries in professional athletes and what to look for when imaging these patients.
New FPD technology in digital x-ray drives modular future
March 11, 2013 -- VIENNA - The fundamentals of static x-ray imaging have changed little in decades, prompting the majority of radiologists to pay scant attention to developments in this sector. However, the emergence and increasing use of flat-panel detector (FPD) technology is producing surprising results.
Airport security scanners carry some radiation risk
March 8, 2013 -- VIENNA - Airport security scanners are safe for individuals, but when their effects are considered collectively, there is still a risk of cancer developing due to the machines, ECR 2013 delegates learned at a standing-room-only session on Thursday afternoon.
Lung cancer x-ray screening in Italy shows positive results
February 25, 2013 -- A nearly decadelong lung cancer chest x-ray screening program of at-risk residents of the Varese province in Italy reduced the number of deaths attributed to lung cancer by 18%, according to findings published online in Lung Cancer. This study offers insights into the value of chest x-rays as a low cost screening tool.
Never offer to eat your pants -- plus 25 other golden rules
February 20, 2013 -- In daily practice, it's worth remembering some simple rules of radiology -- the uber-truths that are the very essence of our dear specialty. To make you smile and help you become a better radiologist, Dr. Paul McCoubrie presents his own set of rules.