Radiographer reporting leads to major gains at top cancer facility
June 16, 2014 -- A structured four-year scheme for reporting of chest x-rays by radiographers has brought impressive results at the Christie in Manchester. The percentage of chest x-rays waiting six days or more for a formal report has fallen to almost nothing in four years, and the turnaround time also has dropped.
Pitfalls in imaging the frail elderly
June 4, 2014 -- A general increase in investigation of those in extreme old age has occurred. Scanning someone older than 100 used to be a distinct novelty, but now barely raises an eyebrow, and we need a different approach, says Dr. Paul McCoubrie.
DRK: Conventional x-ray must not fall into oblivion
May 28, 2014 -- HAMBURG - X-ray is losing ground to technologies often seen as sexier, and young radiologists tend to disregard it too quickly. However, the technology has many benefits and there is an obvious need for a turnaround, Dr. Stefan Diederich said at the opening press conference of the 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK).
Sami Khedira et al owe big debt to knee imaging advances
May 28, 2014 -- Serious injuries incurred by high-profile athletes such as German and Real Madrid footballer Sami Khedira have focused attention on knee problems. In many sports, the knee has to withstand incessant strain, and imaging plays a vital role in directing patient management.
Jumping for joy? Not exactly, says work attitudes survey
May 20, 2014 -- More attention must be given to burnout and fatigue among radiography and physics staff, and it's essential to identify new ways to enhance the professional resilience of workers and enable them to cope better with ever-growing workloads, a U.K. job satisfaction survey has found.
Safety in radiotherapy: Help or hindrance?
May 15, 2014 -- Is the strong focus on radiation protection and safety hampering the introduction of new radiotherapy technologies and treatment strategies? That was the question under discussion during a lively debate at the recent European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology meeting in Vienna, Austria.
Austrian pioneer Guido Holzknecht leaves remarkable legacy
May 14, 2014 -- Guido Holzknecht published the first book devoted to chest radiology, and was probably the first person to suggest radiology should be a medical specialty in its own right. Columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas explains why the profession owes him such a huge debt.
Swedish group drives down dose in chest tomosynthesis
May 12, 2014 -- Radiation dose may be reduced by 32% in digital chest tomosynthesis without significantly altering the technique's ability to detect pulmonary nodules, according to a study out of Sweden. The researchers were able to decrease the radiation dose of tomosynthesis to the level of a lateral chest radiograph.
Mining PACS data yields treasure trove of information
May 7, 2014 -- The metadata stored with images on PACS includes a wealth of potentially useful information that could be utilized for quality control purposes. Data mining techniques can unlock its potential, Portuguese researchers have found.
Don't overlook chest x-rays in mediastinum, Portuguese warn
April 28, 2014 -- Despite the increasing use of CT for identifying mediastinal abnormalities, the chest x-ray remains a valuable tool in the evaluation of the mediastinum, and in many cases remains the first diagnostic examination performed for lung and mediastinal evaluation, say researchers from Portugal.