ECR 2015 opens; radiology's future; Maverinck on conferences; structured reporting

VIENNA - A standout on day one of ECR 2015 was the professional challenges session, "Radiologist: Imager or doctor?" This topic lies at the very heart of the discipline's future. Which type of radiologist is future-proof? Is subspecialization the answer? How can the threat of teleradiology and outsourcing be met?

To answer these questions, we did video interviews with two of the speakers at this session, Dr. Nicola Strickland and Dr. Jim Reekers. To view them, click here.

Spring is in the air and that means the conference season has arrived. Meetings of all major and minor medical disciplines take place. The Maverinck writes that conferences are a win-win situation for both patients and doctors. Find out why in his latest column.

An initiative is underway to promote and facilitate structured reporting through the creation of a joint open repository for radiology report templates. The scheme, to be announced during ECR 2015, uses the RSNA's Web infrastructure. Contributions will be free from copyright. Get the story here.

Hybrid imaging is a central theme at ECR 2015. Clearly progress is being made, but adoption of PET/MRI is particularly slow. There are only around 60 systems worldwide, and there is no reimbursement in Austria, for instance. Click here to find out more. Also, look out for tomorrow's video interview on this topic, along with a discussion of mobile IT in radiology.

Another study presented on Wednesday found that ultrasound-guided core-needle biopsy significantly outperforms fine-needle aspiration biopsy guided by ultrasound for diagnosing salivary gland tumors. Click here to read more.

For our full list of articles from the opening day of the congress, visit our RADCast, at radcast.auntminnieeurope.com.

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