Week in Review: How can radiology be greener? | Dark-field chest x-ray | Pandemic readiness

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Radiology really needs to get its house in order when it comes to sustainability and environmental awareness. That was the message of a high-level European Society of Radiology panel discussion held in Vienna earlier this month.

The positive aspect of this discussion was that the tone was practical and informative rather than sanctimonious or dictatorial. Speakers from across Europe outlined what they're doing to cut waste and pollution and reduce energy consumption. Small but significant changes can make a huge difference, they emphasized.

The German Röntgen Society, the DRG, is also becoming more active in this area, and it has published an important interview with Prof. Dr. Henrik Michaely from Karlsruhe about his own strategy and approach. Find out more in the MRI Community.

In other news, dark-field radiography is beginning to show clinical promise. The goal is not to develop dark-field x-ray as a stand-alone modality but as one that complements conventional x-ray. Both conventional and dark-field images can be generated in one acquisition, so it makes sense to use both modalities for the diagnosis, said researchers from Munich.

French authors have looked at how radiology can prepare for the next COVID-19 wave. They've made three main recommendations: Establish a dedicated device for ultrasound, x-ray, and MRI; improve remote interpretation access; and establish a dedicated COVID-19 radiographer team. Get the full story in our CT Community.

Last but not least, Swiss investigators have found that in ovarian cancer patients, CT-derived body composition profiling may be associated with complications related to chemotherapy. Their findings were presented at the recent ECR 2022 Overture meeting, and they deserve a close look in the Women's Imaging Community.

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