U.K. patients die of lung cancer unseen in office visits
October 13, 2014 -- More than one-third of all lung cancer patients in the U.K. die within three months of diagnosis, despite having serial office visits before their diagnosis, according to a new report in Thorax.
RSNA to show x-ray 'nature scenes' by Dutch medical physicist
October 13, 2014 -- What happens if you combine x-rays, creatures large and small, and a diorama? You get a "biorama," as Dutch medical physicist and artist Arie van 't Riet, PhD, has termed his images. His artwork will be shown at the upcoming RSNA 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.
U.K. radiographers opt to strike on 20 October
October 8, 2014 -- For the first time in more than 30 years, radiographers in the U.K. public sector will take part in a national strike for four hours on the morning of Monday, 20 October. Also, nonurgent imaging procedures look set to be disrupted throughout that week.
Germans focus on pediatric dose, as crisis deepens
October 1, 2014 -- A special session on radiation protection was a highlight at the recent annual meeting of the German Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. It reflected mounting concerns over dose, but also highlighted the crisis facing pediatric radiology.
Debate over cervical spinal trauma takes new turn
September 30, 2014 -- Many cervical spine injuries identified on subsequent CT scans are not visible on plain radiographs, and there is also a high rate of technical inadequacy of cervical spine plain radiography in trauma cases, according to award-winning research.
It's time to ditch your old gear, ESR says
September 22, 2014 -- Every healthcare facility or authority should have a plan for upgrading or renewing imaging equipment, and the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually, according to a statement issued on 18 September by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Phase-contrast x-rays image the airways
September 18, 2014 -- Phase-contrast x-ray imaging offers a noninvasive way to track the effectiveness of cystic fibrosis treatments. The technique, which measures the refraction of a grid pattern of x-rays passing through the lungs, may eventually find use in visualizing other soft tissues, such as the brain and heart.
What lies beneath the wrappings of an ancient mummy?
September 16, 2014 -- Archaeology and ancient Egypt have been a point of fascination since Napoleon Bonaparte. An exhibition at the British Museum in London highlights the important role that radiology plays, and it runs until 30 November. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas investigates.
Tomosynthesis can replace CT for many chest exams
September 8, 2014 -- A new study by Swedish radiologists performed under real-world conditions indicates that digital chest tomosynthesis can replace CT for a number of lung exams, saving both money and radiation dose. The research confirms previous studies on the role tomo can play in carving out a middle ground between CT and conventional chest x-ray.
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.