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Why we should preserve eponyms
September 18, 2013 -- Classic signs such as "bat's wing appearance" or "mushroom sign" are well-accepted in radiology, but eponyms tend to be less widely used. Dr. Paul McCoubrie thinks this is a real shame and is leading the campaign to save the eponym.
Global x-ray equipment market reaches 7.5B euros
August 22, 2013 -- Driven by continued digitization of x-ray systems and increasing healthcare investments in emerging regions, the global market for x-ray equipment reached 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) in revenue in 2012 and is expected to increase by 18% to reach 9 billion euros ($12 billion) in 2017, according to market research firm IMS Research.
Why all the hype about retrofit flat-panel detectors?
August 22, 2013 -- The retrofit flat-panel detector market accounted for around 3% of general radiography x-ray unit shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in 2012, and the figure is forecast to increase to 5% by 2017. We look at what's driving the market and analyze the key trends.
Study: Too few clinicians give chest x-ray details on CT requests
August 22, 2013 -- Emergency teams are particularly poor at documenting chest x-ray findings on request forms for CT, but when details are included, there is usually good correlation between accident and emergency departments and radiology reports, according to an audit reported at the 2013 U.K. Radiological Congress.
Röntgen, Edison, et al: Early days of x-ray revisited
August 12, 2013 -- When W.C. Röntgen discovered x-rays in 1895, he observed their effect on photographic glass and fluorescent salts. Only after Thomas Edison developed the cryptoscope did the technology become useful for looking at the chest and thicker parts of the body, writes history columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas.
MRI rules supreme on elbow pain at London Olympics
August 7, 2013 -- It's official: MRI was the overwhelming winner when it came to elbow investigations on competitors at the 2012 Olympic Games. Also, most elbow injuries occurred in power and combat sports such as judo, boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting, according to one of the first peer-reviewed, scientific articles about the games.
Le Tour de France: Imaging cycling's elite
August 7, 2013 -- For the first time, cyclists at this year's Tour de France benefited from a mobile medical and imaging unit that allowed doctors to diagnose and treat participants quickly. In total, 40 cyclists and 50 volunteer helpers underwent imaging during the arduous three-week event in July.
Photon counting can assist in energy-resolved imaging
August 5, 2013 -- Photon-counting detectors based on cadmium telluride and cadmium zinc telluride offer many advantages for x-ray imaging. Their energy discriminating properties improve material decomposition, eliminate electronic noise, and can reduce patient dose, but detectors are hindered by a limited count rate relative to the photon flux.
Patient radiation tracking system moves toward going global
August 1, 2013 -- A radiation patient exposure tracking system has cleared technical and political hurdles to become a useful tool for monitoring a patient's exposure history and reducing the chance of overexposure to radiation. The system will eventually be operational throughout Europe, and perhaps beyond.
New survey highlights major gaps in radiology teaching
July 30, 2013 -- Radiology teaching for medical students requires substantial improvements, particularly when it comes to interventional techniques, according to a survey reported at the 2013 U.K. Radiological Congress. Nearly 8% of respondents had never heard of interventional radiology.
Middle East respiratory syndrome spreads in Europe
July 25, 2013 -- A total of 90 confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) have now been reported worldwide, including 45 deaths. All patients have been linked to four Middle Eastern countries, but cases have also emerged in Europe, researchers report in an article in Lancet Infectious Diseases.
French study underlines CT's superiority in detecting cocaine
July 16, 2013 -- CT should be systematically performed to ensure safe hospital discharge of cocaine body packers, given the failure of abdominal x-ray to detect gastrointestinal cocaine packets, new research from France has concluded.
Lower limb DEXA analysis can boost bone densitometry
July 12, 2013 -- Dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is typically used to measure bone mineral density at the spine or hip to diagnose osteoporosis. But some conditions alter bone density at other skeletal sites, leading to increased fracture risk that's not reflected by standard DEXA measurements. U.K. researchers are now using lower limb DEXA analysis to extend the applications of bone densitometry.
French expert shows how to succeed after bariatric surgery
July 11, 2013 -- Upper gastrointestinal radiography and CT are vital to assess complications after bariatric surgery, but reading these examinations is not easy and understanding the surgical techniques is essential, French researchers have found.
H7N9 bird flu pneumonia scans show common imaging findings
July 5, 2013 -- A new bird flu strain known as influenza H7N9 appeared in China this year and quickly took a number of human victims. An article in Radiology published on Tuesday includes some of the first radiologic images of the effects of the virus, revealing typical patterns of progression and regression on CT scans and radiographs of the chest.
A practical guide to radiology trainee recruitment
July 3, 2013 -- As Oscar Wilde once so neatly didn't put it, "There are lies, damned lies, and radiology trainee applications." To shortlist effectively requires an ability to read between the lines. Columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie provides a key to what commonly used phrases actually mean.

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