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A fish bone stuck in a patient's throat is a fairly common emergency, but such cases can be very difficult to interpret and diagnose on x-rays.

Spanish researchers have tackled this thorny issue, and have also drawn up a practical and timely chart about how best to handle pharyngoesophageal foreign bodies. The well-informed judges in the RSNA 2015 poster hall in Chicago gave them a coveted Cum Laude award for their efforts. To read more, click here.

In spite of some notable education efforts over recent years, a considerable amount of work still needs to be done on radiation protection it seems. An Italian survey of radiographers has highlighted a disturbing lack of know-how when it comes to dose awareness. To improve the situation, however, the authors have a checklist of six practical measures. Click here to get the full details.

The Arab Health show begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next Monday, and lasts for four days. More than 130,000 delegates are expected. Hospitals in the Middle East continue to invest heavily in the latest digital technology, and you can read more about the event here.

The continued shortage of radiologists in the U.K. means that many hospitals have a backlog of x-rays and other images. To address this situation, flexible home-working is being encouraged in some parts of the country, as confirmed by the case of a retired radiologist, Dr. Richard Harries, who reads up to 30,000 scans a year. Click here to learn more.

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