Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,
The name of Dr. Arshad Munir probably won't mean anything to you. He wasn't a pioneer or an expert in a particular field. If you Google him, hardly anything comes up. Apparently he was just a hardworking, patient-focused radiologist who did his job.
This is why we've made the tragic story of Dr. Munir's death this week's top article. For more than a year now, COVID-19 has quietly picked off good people. It's vital for the global imaging community to remember those who've lost their lives, including Prof. Natalia Rotaru, PhD, from Moldova; Dr. Mushira Mahfouz Qudsy from Egypt; and Dr. Carlo Amodio and Dr. Maurizio Galderisi from Italy.
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) continues to make rapid progress, and it is proving especially useful in remote areas. Swiss researchers have described how they used POCUS to assist in a rescue on Mount Everest.
Over the past few months, many of you have enjoyed Dr. Chris Hammond's thought-provoking columns. As well as being a vascular radiologist, he has a strong interest in health economics and ethics. His latest article looks at what is meant by "clinical need" and "comprehensive service."
Staff recruitment in nuclear medicine appears to be a growing problem. In the Netherlands, the number of residents choosing nuclear medicine as a specialty dropped from 50 to 14 trainees in 2019, and the situation is causing a reassessment of how to attract the much-needed workers of the future. Find out more in the Molecular Imaging Community.