RCR: Long waiting times highlight chronic shortage of radiologists
November 13, 2014 -- Many patients are waiting more than 30 days to receive the results of x-ray, CT, and MRI scans due to a chronic shortage of radiologists in the U.K., according to new research from the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
How a British boy band changed imaging forever
November 10, 2014 -- LONDON - What do circus tricks and a top British boy band have in common? Both had a major impact on the development of imaging during the second half of the 20th century, Dr. Stavros Stivaros, PhD, told the audience at last week's U.K. Royal College of Radiologists annual public lecture.
High error rates in DEXA scans show many potential pitfalls
November 3, 2014 -- In research from Italy, more than 90% of dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) exams contained at least one error, mainly due to data analysis. Also, the authors say adoption of the guidelines of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry is very poor.
Radiography misses one-third of wrist fractures
October 27, 2014 -- Researchers from Turkey found that radiography missed one-third of wrist fractures compared with multidetector-row CT, according to an article published online on October 18 in Emergency Radiology. They believe that clinicians may want to use CT or MRI for emergency room patients suspected of having wrist trauma.
MIR: Communicate with patients or face being sued
October 15, 2014 -- Failure to communicate effectively in the form of a triangle involving the radiologist, the referring physician, and the patient will result in more lawsuits, delegates were warned at this month's Management in Radiology (MIR) congress in Bologna, Italy.
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.