Keep aware of pitfalls in abdominal radiography
January 19, 2015 -- What must you do when you find a calcified lesion on an abdominal x-ray? To answer a tricky question like this, it's vital to learn how and when to diagnose calcified lesions on plain film and to know when another examination is required, say Spanish radiologists.
Wireless mobile DR gets images into PACS faster than CR
January 16, 2015 -- Researchers from Hong Kong were able to obtain mobile x-ray images in their PACS network 70% sooner using a wireless portable digital radiography (DR) unit rather than a mobile x-ray system equipped with computed radiography (CR) plates, according to a January 6 article in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Address the backlog issue or you will sink
January 7, 2015 -- Backlogs of unread images are one of the worst nightmares in clinical practice. Any backlog must be tackled urgently and as a high priority -- otherwise you will be watching helplessly as the ship sinks and you sink with it, the Maverinck writes in his latest column.
Ultrasound, MRI line up for 4D radiotherapy
December 26, 2014 -- The recent 4D Treatment Planning Workshop examined how ultrasound and MRI can be used to help deliver radiotherapy of moving and deforming targets. One area examined in detail was the use of imaging for monitoring motion during treatment and reoptimizing the plan accordingly.
Ronald Grainger: Radiology loses one of its greats
December 23, 2014 -- When Dr. Ronald Grainger died in the autumn, radiology lost one of its greats. He was joint editor of the profession's "bible," Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology, and the first professor of radiology in Sheffield, U.K. Dr. Adrian Thomas pays a personal tribute.
Swiss reveal progress in classifying breast microcalcifications
December 18, 2014 -- A new method for classifying breast microcalcifications using x-ray phase-contrast imaging was presented at the RSNA 2014 meeting. The technique may help improve early breast cancer diagnosis, increase diagnostic accuracy, and reduce the number of biopsies of suspicious lesions.
Scaling new heights: Spain prioritizes visibility
December 17, 2014 -- The Spanish Society of Radiology (SERAM) is working hard to ensure its members are at the forefront of patient care with its new public campaign, "What's your radiologist's name?" In an exclusive interview, SERAM President Dr. José Luis del Cura Rodríguez outlines his future vision.
Researchers compare x-ray phase-contrast methods
December 12, 2014 -- Exploiting the refraction of x-rays in tissue, x-ray phase-contrast imaging (XPCi) has the potential to significantly improve upon the image contrast provided by conventional absorption-based x-ray imaging and reduce doses.
N. Ireland adopts novel approach to lung cancer screening
December 9, 2014 -- An innovative lung cancer screening pilot project in Northern Ireland designed to target selected patients older than 50 is underway. The scheme is based on sensitive, low-cost chest x-ray, the first port of call to exclude lung cancer.
Irish give top tips for dying art of plain film
December 1, 2014 -- A common view is that chest x-rays are boring and tough to read, yet spotting an abnormality brings huge satisfaction, and radiologists with strong plain film skills often are highly valued, according to Irish researchers presenting at RSNA 2014.