Still using CR for breast cancer? Time to rethink
July 20, 2015 -- It's time to think again about the use of computed radiography (CR) detectors when it comes to spotting breast cancer, U.K. researchers have found. In their study, digital radiography (DR) performed significantly better than CR for identifying calcification clusters and noncalcification lesions.
CT, MRI account for most speech recognition errors
July 15, 2015 -- In an audit of mistakes resulting from the use of speech recognition software, CT reports had the highest overall error rate, and this can be attributed to the high volume of reports dictated and the complexity of cases. MRI reports also accounted for a large proportion of errors.
UKRC: 4 golden rules of communicating radiation risk
July 7, 2015 -- Because of the dose-dependent risk of inducing future cancer, it's essential to use the correct language in patient information leaflets for CT and x-ray, according to new research from a leading U.K. facility.
UKRC: Is outsourcing a silent killer or a savior?
July 1, 2015 -- LIVERPOOL - Emotions ran high and opinions were polarized during the second day of the U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC), when a lively and heated discussion about the pros and cons of outsourcing took place.
Restoration of Röntgen's birthplace gathers pace
June 30, 2015 -- The birthplace of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen is a really special place, and everybody should care deeply about the German Radiological Society's plans for the building, Dr. Adrian Thomas writes in his latest history column.
X-ray microbeams can reduce skin injury
June 22, 2015 -- Radiation burn is a common, often painful side effect of radiotherapy. The severity of acute skin reactions at the irradiated site is associated with the total delivered dose, the dose per fraction, and the size of the treatment area. German research shows x-ray microbeam radiation delivery can help.
The RCR president's diary: 10 things I did in May
June 10, 2015 -- "What does the president actually do?" That's a question Dr. Giles Maskell, president of the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), gets asked. He reveals what he got up to last month, including plenty of creative writing, media interviews, and speaking engagements.
Ever scanned Superman, a Harley biker, or a Ferrari?
June 9, 2015 -- When radiologists talk about "beautiful images," they mean clear and accurate visualizations showing unmistakable signs of disease and injury, but the main goal of photographic artist Nick Veasey is to use x-ray to reveal the invisible. His new exhibition in Geneva runs until mid-October.
Technique comes under scrutiny in breast cancer therapy
June 5, 2015 -- Dose delivery in radiotherapy must be verified for quality assurance to high accuracy, preferably by independent systems. This also applies to other applications of small x-ray sources, such as intraoperative radiotherapy, according to Swedish and Dutch researchers.
Concerns emerge about EU radiation safety directive
June 3, 2015 -- Under the new European Directive 2013/59/Euratom, the imaging community and industry will have to adapt regulations, practices, and equipment for a high standard of radiation safety. The European Society of Radiology has now summarized the directive, but some problems remain.