Week in Review: How competent are agency staff? | CT reveals a pharaoh's face | Brain changes in multiple sclerosis

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The alarming case of a radiographer who faced disciplinary action after a series of bad errors has focused attention on the use of agency or locum staff in radiology departments. A leading U.K. recruitment firm provided the radiographer, and it took five months before her contract was terminated.

In countries experiencing acute workforce issues, agency staff can help to fill a void and offer a quick and easy solution, but the long-term success of this approach depends on rigorous checks, suitable induction, and constant supervision. The case underlines what can go wrong if shortcuts are taken.

This week's second top story is about a new imaging study of the mummy of Amenhotep I. The lead author, Dr. Sahar Saleem from Cairo, is one of the best known and most widely respected radiologists in the world in this field, and her latest investigation makes fascinating reading in the CT Community.

Austrian researchers have been keeping busy too. A group from the Medical University of Vienna has published important findings in Radiology about brain changes in multiple sclerosis patients. Find out more in the MRI Community.

The pandemic has caused major disruption to training and education over the past two years. However, staff at the European Board of Radiology (EBR) have adapted well by making significant changes to the European Diploma in Radiology, according to Prof. Dr. Laura Oleaga, PhD. She wrote about the EBR's plans for 2022.

Molecular imaging remains a particularly exciting and fast-moving area of research and innovation, as shown by a recent study from Sweden. The authors found PET combined with a new blood test for Alzheimer's disease can help to identify suitable participants for clinical drug trials. Learn more in the Molecular Imaging Community.

Looking ahead to next week, I'm sure you won't want to miss our webinar on 12 January about artificial intelligence trends in clinical radiology, featuring three international experts. You still have time to register for free.

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