Does reporting speed matter when it comes to errors?
September 29, 2020 -- Reporting speed appears to play less of a role in causing radiological errors than other human and technical factors, according to a new two-year study from a London teaching hospital. The findings were presented to RCR Digital 2020, the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists' (RCR) online learning program that runs from 21 September to 9 October.  Discuss
COVID-19 papers: Publish fast, even if it's trash
September 29, 2020 -- In the mad rush of the COVID-19 rat race to become the first to publish "important" scientific or research results, even respected peer-reviewed journals have accepted articles without a proper review, the Maverinck writes in a new column. Pointless papers have become a serious problem, he says.  Discuss
French-speaking world gets set for 6-channel JFR
September 28, 2020 -- Predictive imaging, lung cancer screening, and the so-called patient experience will be central themes at the annual congress for the French-speaking radiological community, the Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR). The event will take place between 2 and 5 October via six live-streaming channels.  Discuss
U.K. team shows stroke scans can reveal COVID-19 infection
September 24, 2020 -- Researchers from a top London facility have highlighted a simple COVID-19 imaging biomarker obtained from CT angiography lung apices: the presence of ground-glass opacification. Their findings may have major implications for management of patients with suspected stroke.  Discuss
600+ km trek across the Himalayas for cancer therapy
September 23, 2020 -- It takes on average 18 hours by bus for patients to reach the cancer hospital in Nepal, and many of them travel over 600 km. Now the pandemic has made it even more difficult to get treatment, writes Tirthraj Adhikari, a medical physicist trained in Italy. He gives a personal account of the challenges faced by patients and staff.  Discuss
50 years of CT scanning approaches
September 22, 2020 -- A widely held view is that the profits from the Beatles funded early research into the CT scanner, but this is an urban legend and there is no evidence for it, writes radiology's history buff Dr. Adrian Thomas. As CT's 50th anniversary looms large, he tells the story of the modality's origins.  Discuss
Global COVID-19 survey casts light on modality use
September 17, 2020 -- A survey of 50 radiology departments in 33 countries has highlighted significant variations in imaging procedures for COVID-19 patients. Conducted by the International Society of Radiology and supported by the European Society of Radiology, the research was published online on 17 September by European Radiology.  Discuss
Sleep wrecker: COVID-19 causes insomnia in radiologists
September 16, 2020 -- It's official: The COVID-19 pandemic has induced widespread insomnia, anxiety, and depression among radiologists. A large French survey has confirmed this, but it has also shown that access to logistical and psychological support has been easier in public rather than private hospitals during the pandemic.  Discuss
After Brexit: Device regulations come under scrutiny
September 15, 2020 -- The U.K. has produced advice on how to launch medical devices on the market after the Brexit transition period ends on 1 January 2021. Regulatory expert Mike Pogose discusses how the new procedures will affect imaging manufacturers and their customers.  Discuss
Dutch team unveils new findings on radiomics
September 14, 2020 -- Researchers from Amsterdam have found that molecular imaging can contribute to better treatment decisions for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma by providing clinically valuable radiomics information on tumor phenotypes.  Discuss