Tomosynthesis boosts accuracy in cancer cases
December 7, 2015 -- Digital tomosynthesis can improve the diagnostic accuracy and confidence of chest radiography in oncologic patients with suspected pulmonary lesions, and it allows CT to be skipped in about 50% of cases, Italian researchers found in a study published online on 1 December by European Radiology.
Are patients ready to communicate with radiologists?
December 7, 2015 -- A new survey from Belgium has revealed patients continue to be confused about the role and scope of the radiologist. Almost 50% of surveyed patients did not even realize radiologists were doctors, according to the article published online on 29 November by Acta Radiologica.
Paris attacks: Radiology on the front line
November 25, 2015 -- After the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, ambulance and hospital workers became front-line personnel fighting to save lives, and the city's imaging departments were closely involved. Three senior radiologists, two of whom are former ECR presidents, talk about their experiences.
Tomo-CAD combo targets lung cancer screening
November 25, 2015 -- What if you had a lung cancer screening modality that was better than x-ray and nearly as good as CT, but with less radiation and expense? Researchers from Hungary are investigating the idea with a digital tomosynthesis system that they assembled themselves, along with homegrown computer-aided detection (CAD) software.
ESSR: Keep in mind metal around the shoulder
November 19, 2015 -- Developing a greater appreciation of the many complications that can occur after shoulder surgery improves interactions between radiologists and orthopedic specialists, according to award-winning work presented at the 2015 congress of the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR).
Home reporting is not a bed of roses, warns RCR
November 10, 2015 -- Flexible home working can lead to a shift of resources away from radiology departments, and it encourages less contact with colleagues and the de-skilling of radiologists doing predominantly remote reporting, according to the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
Three-pronged glioma therapy shows promise
November 5, 2015 -- A combination of x-rays, chemotherapy, and a radiosensitizing drug more than doubled tumor cell death in vitro compared with a radiation-only control, according to Australian research. The combination selectively targets tumor cells and can reduce side effects in patients.
Lung MRI rivals CT in complex pneumonia
November 3, 2015 -- MRI is accurate for detecting problems in children with lower airway tract infection and can pinpoint the dynamics of morphologic changes during treatment, and soon it may replace CT in cases of complicated pneumonia, according to award-winning German research.
Make better use of over 50s, RCR urges
October 28, 2015 -- More careful consideration of workload, work type, and working hours is essential to maximize the expertise of older radiologists and bring huge benefits for the individual practitioner, radiology departments, and patients, according to the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). It is encouraging employers to take urgent action to retain senior staff.
X-ray identifies hip patients at risk of more surgery
October 28, 2015 -- Time and cash spent monitoring every patient with a hip prosthesis can be saved by using a routine radiostereometry procedure to assess prosthesis migration, according to a Swedish expert. The methodology can also be applied to knee implants and spinal, pediatric, and trauma orthopedic surgery.