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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.
Medical imaging plays role in diagnosis and follow-up of MERS
February 3, 2014 -- Patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) have a unique presentation that clinicians are learning to recognize -- and medical imaging plays a role in both diagnosing and following up cases, according to researchers from Saudi Arabia in a new paper in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Crystal-ball gazing: Top 3 imaging market predictions in 2014
January 28, 2014 -- As ECR 2014 in Vienna approaches, now is a good time to consider the key trends in the medical imaging market. Four business analysts from IHS Technology provide their main predictions for this year in digital x-ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
Digital chest tomo saves money, reduces need for CT exam
January 27, 2014 -- Using digital chest tomosynthesis in patients with suspected thoracic lesions decreased per-patient diagnostic imaging costs, resulting in approximately 8,000 euros saved per year, and reduced the need for a CT scan by nearly 75%, according to a new study by Italian researchers.
Online imager detects deformable motion
January 24, 2014 -- An online x-ray imaging system could provide 3D deformable motion tracking for use in scanned proton therapy, according to researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villigen, Switzerland.
Charles Dotter's attack on arteriosclerotic obstructions
January 15, 2014 -- This week marks the 50th anniversary of Charles Dotter's first ever percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. The event transformed the practice of radiology, explains history columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas. He describes the first case and the global development of the procedure.
Radiology under the Nazis
January 6, 2014 -- Radiologists and radiographers played a key role in the medical practices implemented during the Nazi era, including forced sterilization on the grounds of "racial hygiene," screening for tuberculosis, and using x-rays in castration. A new exhibit, to be shown in Hamburg, Germany, aims to tell the full story.
Antoine Béclère and the origins of French radiology
December 23, 2013 -- Antoine Béclère is one of the greats of radiology. At his own expense, he opened France's first department of radiology in 1897, and he was president of the third International Congress of Radiology, held in Paris in 1931, writes our history columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas.
Austrians and Germans look ahead to joint 2014 congress
December 18, 2013 -- For only the seventh time in their respective histories, the German Radiology Society and the Austrian Radiology Society are collaborating on a combined congress to be held in May in Hamburg, Germany, under the slogan "Radiology is diagnosis and therapy."

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