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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.
Keep ahead of the game in plain film with 2 views, says McCall
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - The overwhelming thirst for basic knowledge was evident at Thursday's Mini Course on skeletal radiology, as delegates crammed into a conference room to hear insights from Dr. Iain McCall, former European Society of Radiology president.
Radiographers explore dose reduction strategies
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Exposure indexes, image quality, and patient dose were at the heart of the scientific session for radiographers on Thursday at ECR 2014. Standardization and equalization of dose is important and must be achieved by understanding the decision-making of the radiographer, according to one presenter.
Video from ECR 2014: ESR president on EuroSafe Imaging
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - The official launch of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) EuroSafe Imaging campaign took place on the opening day of ECR 2014. But why did the ESR choose now for the launch? And why is the campaign necessary? ESR President Dr. Guy Frija reveals all to Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward.
ESR's EuroSafe Imaging campaign promotes radiation protection
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - The mission of EuroSafe Imaging is to support and strengthen medical radiation protection across Europe. Europe is unique and has the potential for coordinated radiation safety actions in medical imaging, according to Madan Rehani, PhD, director of radiation protection for the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Two misconceptions threaten future of radiology training
March 5, 2014 -- We must recognize and fight professionally demeaning regulation, writes columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie. Radiology's training system should be flexible enough to take account of different motivations and personalities. Also, simple repetition alone may be harmful.
Reporting by radiographers works, but needs close scrutiny
February 25, 2014 -- In the future, it will be essential to investigate the accuracy of chest reporting by radiographers more extensively, particularly throughout implementation into clinical practice and in comparison with senior radiologists, according to U.K. researchers who have just reported positive findings.
Vienna's 20th ECR: Hidden gems and other reflections
February 18, 2014 -- ECR 2014, which begins on 6 March, is the 20th ECR to be held in Vienna. Four European radiologists, including three members of's editorial advisory board, reflect on their first ECR, why they keep returning, and what changes they have observed, and also reveal their hidden or forgotten gems from Vienna.
Pediatric radiology faces mounting challenges in Germany
February 17, 2014 -- The number of practicing pediatric radiologists in Germany is declining all the time and the situation is now acute, according to Dr. Gabriele Hahn from Dresden University Clinic. In this interview, she explains how this crisis has arisen and what makes a good pediatric radiologist.
X-ray works for identifying drug mules
February 14, 2014 -- Digital radiography (DR) is a good tool for detecting cases of methamphetamine body packers, according to a new study in the British Journal of Radiology. But the unique nature of such radiography studies may call for additional training when radiologists are called to interpret images of suspected drug carriers.
Swiss use feedback system to improve report turnaround times
February 11, 2014 -- Knowing that your performance is being monitored and compared with your peers can be a powerful motivator. Swiss researchers have recently garnered significant improvements after implementing a system that shows radiology residents and staff radiologists how their report turnaround time ranks among their colleagues.
For reliable radiation dose data, RIS/PACS works best
February 11, 2014 -- Actual patient radiation dose data extracted from RIS/PACS databases are far more reliable than commonly used self-reported patient dose surveys that are based on average-sized patients and typical scanner parameters, researchers from Western Australia have found.
Scanning from Sochi: Winter Olympics medical teams are ready
February 7, 2014 -- To mark the opening of the Winter Olympics, spoke with two Russian members of the polyclinic medical team, a radiographer and a specialist in sports medicine. They report that medical professionals in Sochi have geared up and are ready to ensure the operation runs smoothly and effectively.

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