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Austrian pioneer Guido Holzknecht leaves remarkable legacy
May 14, 2014 -- Guido Holzknecht published the first book devoted to chest radiology, and was probably the first person to suggest radiology should be a medical specialty in its own right. Columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas explains why the profession owes him such a huge debt.
Swedish group drives down dose in chest tomosynthesis
May 12, 2014 -- Radiation dose may be reduced by 32% in digital chest tomosynthesis without significantly altering the technique's ability to detect pulmonary nodules, according to a study out of Sweden. The researchers were able to decrease the radiation dose of tomosynthesis to the level of a lateral chest radiograph.
Mining PACS data yields treasure trove of information
May 7, 2014 -- The metadata stored with images on PACS includes a wealth of potentially useful information that could be utilized for quality control purposes. Data mining techniques can unlock its potential, Portuguese researchers have found.
Don't overlook chest x-rays in mediastinum, Portuguese warn
April 28, 2014 -- Despite the increasing use of CT for identifying mediastinal abnormalities, the chest x-ray remains a valuable tool in the evaluation of the mediastinum, and in many cases remains the first diagnostic examination performed for lung and mediastinal evaluation, say researchers from Portugal.
Think deeply to cut out mistakes, urge Dutch prizewinners
April 9, 2014 -- Beware the dangers of intuitive thinking. That's the central message of new award-winning research from the Netherlands about cognitive errors, which includes 20 practical tips on how to avoid typical mistakes.
3D planning proves value in facial reconstructions
April 4, 2014 -- Facial reconstructive surgery appears to have turned a corner, judging by a recent case in the U.K. that would have challenged even the most experienced and skilled surgeon. A patient's face was rebuilt after a horrific motorbike accident, and 3D visualization techniques made the difference.
U.K. issues new guidance on cancer imaging
April 1, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published updated recommendations for cross-sectional imaging in cancer management. They can be downloaded free of charge from the RCR's website.
Irish show alert systems boost communication with clinicians
March 25, 2014 -- The increased use of imaging means you can no longer assume all radiology reports will be acted upon by clinicians, so it's vital to consider implementing a computerized alert system for dealing with clinically significant, unexpected findings, according to Irish researchers.
Making the invisible, visible: Meeting EU requirements on dose
March 20, 2014 -- Implementing an effective dose management system will help hospitals meet the new European Union legislative requirements and enable radiologists to meet their ethical responsibility to maximize patient safety, writes Dr. Jan Casselman.
Case report: Interventional retrieval of portacath fragment
March 10, 2014 -- Portacaths are commonly indicated for long-term administration of parenteral medications. This case report details the successful interventional retrieval of a fractured portacath fragment with cardiac migration. This is rather an unusual complication that, at times, can be life-threatening.
Radiology trainees get to grips with emergencies
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Emergency radiology (ER) in the night shift can be a tricky setting for radiologists of all ages and experience, but it is particularly difficult for beginners in the specialty. Speakers at the Radiology Trainees Forum on Sunday shared some advice on emergency imaging with attendees at ECR 2014.
Serbia 'comes home' as its contribution gets official recognition
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Serbian radiologists have warmly welcomed the chance for greater visibility at the ECR and in European radiology at large -- visibility which until recently has been lacking, despite the country's scientific contribution to the discipline. Saturday's "ESR meets Serbia" session brought Serbian radiology into sharper focus.
Teeth: The feature radiologists need to know more about
March 10, 2014 -- VIENNA - Most radiologists don't deal much with dental imaging, but they should be aware of what to look out for and know the difference between dental MRI and cone-beam CT, according to a Sunday presentation at ECR 2014.
Multimodality vendors launch scanners at ECR 2014
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - In the past, ECR languished in the shadow of Chicago's RSNA show when it came to new product introductions. But ECR is slowly coming into its own, as indicated by new product launches from the major multimodality companies at this week's congress.
Russia pursues reform of TB screening system
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Incidence and management of tuberculosis (TB) in Russia are much mystified and misunderstood, according to Dr. Igor Tyurin. But new modalities have started to modify radiology's diagnostic approach to the disease, he told delegates at ECR 2014.