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.
Think deeply to cut out mistakes, urge Dutch prizewinners April 9, 2014 -- Beware the dangers of intuitive thinking. That's the central message of new award-winning research from the Netherlands about cognitive errors, which includes 20 practical tips on how to avoid typical mistakes.
3D planning proves value in facial reconstructions April 4, 2014 -- Facial reconstructive surgery appears to have turned a corner, judging by a recent case in the U.K. that would have challenged even the most experienced and skilled surgeon. A patient's face was rebuilt after a horrific motorbike accident, and 3D visualization techniques made the difference.
U.K. issues new guidance on cancer imaging April 1, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published updated recommendations for cross-sectional imaging in cancer management. They can be downloaded free of charge from the RCR's website.
Irish show alert systems boost communication with clinicians March 25, 2014 -- The increased use of imaging means you can no longer assume all radiology reports will be acted upon by clinicians, so it's vital to consider implementing a computerized alert system for dealing with clinically significant, unexpected findings, according to Irish researchers.
Making the invisible, visible: Meeting EU requirements on dose March 20, 2014 -- Implementing an effective dose management system will help hospitals meet the new European Union legislative requirements and enable radiologists to meet their ethical responsibility to maximize patient safety, writes Dr. Jan Casselman.