Decision model cuts unnecessary wrist x-rays by 22%
September 16, 2015 -- Using a clinical decision model developed by Dutch researchers for pediatric wrist trauma could cut unnecessary emergency x-ray imaging for the condition by 22% -- thereby reducing children's radiation exposure and healthcare costs, according to a study published online in Pediatric Radiology.
Limb x-ray measurements come under intense scrutiny
September 8, 2015 -- To help in daily practice, researchers from Portugal have conducted an in-depth assessment of the most important measurements used for upper and lower limb radiography examinations. They presented their findings at the 2015 congress of the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology.
Fukushima nuclear disaster casts shadow on CR images
September 3, 2015 -- Radiologists at a Japanese hospital were baffled when dark spots began appearing on computed radiography (CR) images in March 2011. They discovered that the spots were caused by fallout from the nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Angio histories show unnecessary cardiac radiation
August 31, 2015 -- Based on up to 30 years of individual patient data for cardiac interventional procedures, German researchers have concluded more than one-third of the radiation exposure in coronary angiography procedures was unnecessary, according to a new report in the September issue of European Radiology.
Kitty Clark: An inspiration to radiographers
August 26, 2015 -- The story of the development of radiography is interesting, and Kathleen Clara "Kitty" Clark (1896-1968) played a major role in the publishing of books that became reference standards for radiography positioning and exposure, Dr. Adrian Thomas writes in his latest column.
CAD picks patients with TB drug resistance
August 24, 2015 -- Researchers in Belarus have developed a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme that can fairly accurately predict drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB) patients. The results show that the prediction tool could potentially improve triage and care of TB patients.
Bedside chest x-rays: Are radiologists needed?
August 18, 2015 -- When it comes to reading bedside chest x-rays, is the radiologist still needed, or can the task be delegated to other physicians? Swiss researchers have found that as long as the person is experienced, the discipline really doesn't matter.
Bicycle spoke injuries: What's the best approach?
August 17, 2015 -- Injuries resulting from a leg being trapped in bicycle spokes are surprisingly common, particularly in children, but no guideline or protocol defines what type of radiography can diagnose or rule out a fracture. Dutch researchers have now acted to fill this knowledge gap.
Russia's limits on x-ray and other imports set to expand
August 12, 2015 -- Russia is preparing to impose new restrictions on the purchase of imported medical equipment and supplies, adding to the limits on foreign-made x-ray machines and other devices that were enacted earlier this year. The country's safety rules also may be updated soon.
Wrist fractures come out top in audit of MSK errors
August 11, 2015 -- In a new audit of musculoskeletal (MSK) errors made at a top London hospital, the most common mistakes presented at discrepancy meetings in 2014 were wrist fractures, with triquetral fractures being the biggest group within these, and the most common type was perceptual.