Shared decisions must lie at the heart of consent process
August 3, 2021 -- When it comes to informed consent, we need to develop practical techniques and questions and be curious about our patients’ wishes, writes Dr. Chris Hammond. Offer them time, space, and support, and try to listen and understand them before negotiating a decision. Read More
Swiss team finds Vulcan salute detects painful foot neuroma
July 21, 2021 -- Researchers from Zurich have reported that Mr. Spock's Vulcan salute on x-ray can help diagnose Morton's neuroma. They published their findings on 14 July in Skeletal Radiology. Read More
It's official: Pandemic led to more stress and new work practices
July 19, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted anxiety and stress levels among radiographers and caused significant changes in working methods and workload, a U.K. study has found. Read More
U.K. watchdog calls for urgent improvements in radiology services
July 8, 2021 -- A highly critical report released on 8 July by the U.K. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has expressed deep concerns about the state of medical imaging services and called for prompt and concerted action by government and hospital groups. Read More
Ever fancied working in Bermuda? George Ringer did it for 31 years
July 6, 2021 -- Dr. Adrian "George" Ringer was a lively and unconventional character who spent most of his working life in Bermuda. History expert Dr. Adrian Thomas tells the story of the Englishman who helped transform radiology on the Caribbean island. Read More
Report: Huge shortfall of pediatric radiologists puts lives at risk
June 29, 2021 -- Widespread shortages of pediatric radiologists are contributing to the misdiagnosis of child abuse, according to a report posted on 27 June by a U.K. national newspaper. The two main issues are the availability of pediatric radiologists and a lack of experts willing to give testimony in court, says Dr. Owen Arthurs of London's Great Ormond Street. Read More
Has COVID-19 changed children's imaging forever?
June 14, 2021 -- Toys, distraction aids, and themed decorations in waiting areas are no longer used to calm anxious patients before a scan at Nottingham Children's Hospital, and personal protective equipment has resulted in far fewer smiles, according to a presentation at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress. Read More
How to find the winning formula in sports imaging
June 10, 2021 -- What personal qualities and skills does a sports radiologist need? On the eve of the Euros, a leading U.K. specialist gives a masterclass in sports radiology and outlines how best to diagnose injuries in elite athletes. Read More
Simple steps can markedly improve x-ray for spinal surgery
June 9, 2021 -- Novel research has shown that a basic technique providing three-point support for scoliosis patients during slot-scanning digital radiography works well for evaluating them prior to spinal fusion surgery. Investigators illustrated the method on 1 June in the European Journal of Radiology. Read More
Top tips on how to recognize and report vertebral fractures
June 1, 2021 -- Vertebral fragility fractures (VFFs) are often present on imaging but are rarely reported, and this can have a major impact on patient morbidity and quality of life. The U.K. has issued new advice in this area that includes 12 main recommendations. Read More