Fukushima nuclear disaster casts shadow on CR images
September 3, 2015 -- Radiologists at a Japanese hospital were baffled when dark spots began appearing on computed radiography (CR) images in March 2011. They discovered that the spots were caused by fallout from the nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to an August 21 article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Angio histories show unnecessary cardiac radiation
August 31, 2015 -- Based on up to 30 years of individual patient data for cardiac interventional procedures, German researchers have concluded more than one-third of the radiation exposure in coronary angiography procedures was unnecessary, according to a new report in the September issue of European Radiology.
Kitty Clark: An inspiration to radiographers
August 26, 2015 -- The story of the development of radiography is interesting, and Kathleen Clara "Kitty" Clark (1896-1968) played a major role in the publishing of books that became reference standards for radiography positioning and exposure, Dr. Adrian Thomas writes in his latest column.
CAD picks patients with TB drug resistance
August 24, 2015 -- Researchers in Belarus have developed a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme that can fairly accurately predict drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB) patients. The results show that the prediction tool could potentially improve triage and care of TB patients.
Bedside chest x-rays: Are radiologists needed?
August 18, 2015 -- When it comes to reading bedside chest x-rays, is the radiologist still needed, or can the task be delegated to other physicians? Swiss researchers have found that as long as the person is experienced, the discipline really doesn't matter.
Bicycle spoke injuries: What's the best approach?
August 17, 2015 -- Injuries resulting from a leg being trapped in bicycle spokes are surprisingly common, particularly in children, but no guideline or protocol defines what type of radiography can diagnose or rule out a fracture. Dutch researchers have now acted to fill this knowledge gap.
Russia's limits on x-ray and other imports set to expand
August 12, 2015 -- Russia is preparing to impose new restrictions on the purchase of imported medical equipment and supplies, adding to the limits on foreign-made x-ray machines and other devices that were enacted earlier this year. The country's safety rules also may be updated soon.
Wrist fractures come out top in audit of MSK errors
August 11, 2015 -- In a new audit of musculoskeletal (MSK) errors made at a top London hospital, the most common mistakes presented at discrepancy meetings in 2014 were wrist fractures, with triquetral fractures being the biggest group within these, and the most common type was perceptual.
Belgians scoop prize for research on elbow injuries
August 10, 2015 -- Elbow injuries are common in power and combat sports such as boxing, judo, weightlifting, and wrestling, but uncertainty surrounds the best imaging approach. Belgian researchers provided fresh analysis at the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology congress and collected a top award for it.
U.K. artist turns x-ray errors into art
July 29, 2015 -- The artist-in-residence at the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), Hugh Turvey, sees beauty in error. Speaking at a recent BIR networking event, "Curious World of Radiology," Turvey explained how radiography informs his work as an artist.