U.K. steps up recruitment drive; diabetes crisis in Middle East; digital breast tomo advances

Dear Aunt Minnie Europe Member,

One of the more intriguing sessions at next month's ECR in Vienna will be the U.K.'s pitch to recruit overseas radiologists. A 10% increase in the country's radiology training residencies is planned in 2015, but these doctors won't become experienced, productive radiologists until 2020. In the meantime, the demand for imaging continues to soar, creating a major skill shortage.

We've interviewed Dr. Richard FitzGerald, vice president of the Royal College of Radiologists, about this campaign. Click here to read more.

Diabetes is a growing concern in the Middle East, largely due to dietary and lifestyle factors and lack of exercise, but a leading hospital in the United Arab Emirates has taken practical steps to address the issue and is achieving success. To find out how, go to our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

Digital breast tomosynthesis continues to generate huge interest, and we've got coverage of an important new study led by Dr. Fiona Gilbert from the University of Cambridge, U.K. Visit our Women's Imaging Community, or click here.

Did you know WhatsApp Messenger, the popular instant messaging app for smartphones, can be used as a diagnostic tool for viewing CT scans and radiographs? Click here to learn more.

When it comes to PACS and healthcare IT, radiologists at Cork University Hospital in the Republic of Ireland have a strong reputation. They've analyzed the contents of imaging request forms and found they frequently include erroneous clinical information. Read more about their experiences here.

Last but not least, plans have been announced for the commercial introduction of a high-field MRI-guided radiation therapy system. Discover more in our MRI Community, or click here.

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