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Errors or discrepancies -- call them what you will -- are alarmingly common when it comes to chest x-rays, and urgent action is essential. That's a central message from researchers of a new U.K. study.
Previous studies show that experienced radiologists fail to note important findings on around 30% of chest radiographs that were positive for disease. Also, between 70% and 90% of lung cancers are visible in retrospect on previous chest x-rays reported as normal, and 19% of lung cancers presenting as a nodular lesion are missed, according to the authors. Get the full story here.
The radiation dose involved in a chest x-ray examination compared with CT scans performed at ultralow radiation dose also has come under close scrutiny. What were the key findings? Click here to find out.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to read a remarkable article about a Chinese woman, her handbag, and an x-ray machine, you should click here.
The UEFA Champions League has restarted this week after the winter break, as every sport enthusiast will know. A research group from Madrid has given a master class on imaging football injuries that includes the use of x-ray, MRI, CT, and ultrasound. To learn more, click here.
A review of 46,000 x-rays, ultrasound exams, and CT scans is underway in the Republic of Ireland, following three incorrect diagnoses by the same consultant radiologist. For the full details, click here.
The opening of ECR 2018 in Vienna is less than two weeks away, and delegates can expect to learn about the latest advances in digital radiography systems, so make sure you look out for future articles in this area.
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