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Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
Conebeam CT pinpoints tricky scaphoid fractures
August 20, 2014 -- Conebeam CT is a highly effective, low-dose technique for detecting scaphoid fractures, and can demonstrate concomitant fractures that are notoriously difficult to see on radiographs, according to a prize-winning Belgian study presented at Europe's leading musculoskeletal congress.
Imaging reveals perils of world's oldest field game
August 20, 2014 -- New research conducted in the Irish Republic has highlighted the dangers of hurling, the world's oldest field game. In spite of more protective measures, musculoskeletal injuries remain common among young adults and are encountered frequently by the country's radiologists.
ICR 2014 organizers use new tactics to lure 5K delegates
August 6, 2014 -- For the first time in its almost 90-year history, the International Congress of Radiology (ICR) will benefit from a fully integrated scientific program with global participation in every session, according to the event organizers. An estimated 5,000 delegates are expected at ICR 2014, to be held in Dubai in September.
Danes focus attention on patient positioning in knee exams
August 4, 2014 -- In radiographic examinations, the standing weight-bearing position can be of crucial importance for the patellar position in the trochlear groove and for visualization of osteoarthritis in the medial patellofemoral joint, Danish researchers have found.
U.K. team scoops top prize for chest wall deformities study
July 24, 2014 -- Developing a keen awareness of the radiological features of congenital chest wall deformities is a useful clinical skill, and imaging can also illustrate pre- and postsurgical appearances for more conditions requiring surgical correction, according to award-winning research from a top facility in London.
Scots get set for Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, et al
July 23, 2014 -- The Commonwealth Games begin today and is the largest sporting event ever held in Scotland. Musculoskeletal radiologist Dr. David Ritchie and his team of volunteers are prepared for everything and have already been keeping busy in the state-of-the-art polyclinic in Glasgow.
German-led team develops novel x-ray phase-contrast method
July 14, 2014 -- Using a laboratory source with unprecedented brightness, scientists from three European institutions have found a way to achieve high-quality x-ray phase-contrast imaging with lower radiation dose. A major goal is to find clinical applications, including cancer diagnosis and osteoporosis.
Medical detective work: Identifying the unidentified
July 10, 2014 -- Nothing happens without interdisciplinary cooperation at Marburg University Clinic's new Unidentified Diseases Centre in Germany. Dr. Annika Keulers explains about the fascinating work going on in the facility.
RIS-integrated software can optimize radiation dose
July 1, 2014 -- A software application can be used to extract patient radiation dose information directly from imaging modalities and store the data in a RIS, aiding in analyses and potentially contributing to individualized patient care, researchers from Italy have found.
100 years on: Marie Curie and the Great War
June 23, 2014 -- Marie Curie kept incredibly busy during World War I, working tirelessly for her adopted country of France. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas tells the amazing story, including how she put x-rays into ambulances.
Radiographer reporting leads to major gains at top cancer facility
June 16, 2014 -- A structured four-year scheme for reporting of chest x-rays by radiographers has brought impressive results at the Christie in Manchester. The percentage of chest x-rays waiting six days or more for a formal report has fallen to almost nothing in four years, and the turnaround time also has dropped.
Pitfalls in imaging the frail elderly
June 4, 2014 -- A general increase in investigation of those in extreme old age has occurred. Scanning someone older than 100 used to be a distinct novelty, but now barely raises an eyebrow, and we need a different approach, says Dr. Paul McCoubrie.
DRK: Conventional x-ray must not fall into oblivion
May 28, 2014 -- HAMBURG - X-ray is losing ground to technologies often seen as sexier, and young radiologists tend to disregard it too quickly. However, the technology has many benefits and there is an obvious need for a turnaround, Dr. Stefan Diederich said at the opening press conference of the 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK).
Sami Khedira et al owe big debt to knee imaging advances
May 28, 2014 -- Serious injuries incurred by high-profile athletes such as German and Real Madrid footballer Sami Khedira have focused attention on knee problems. In many sports, the knee has to withstand incessant strain, and imaging plays a vital role in directing patient management.
Jumping for joy? Not exactly, says work attitudes survey
May 20, 2014 -- More attention must be given to burnout and fatigue among radiography and physics staff, and it's essential to identify new ways to enhance the professional resilience of workers and enable them to cope better with ever-growing workloads, a U.K. job satisfaction survey has found.
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