Week in Review: Tribunal suspends radiologist for 3 months | Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism | MRI of the female pelvis

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

It's surely every medical doctor's nightmare to be hauled up in front of a tribunal that has the ultimate power to strike off the practitioner from the register. A career, reputation, and livelihood can be destroyed in an instant.

U.K. radiologist Dr. Arun Batra faced exactly this prospect in early March, when a panel investigated his fitness to practice. He was found guilty of falsifying records and making untrue financial claims, but leniency prevailed and he received a three-month suspension.

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism can be notoriously difficult, so it must be welcome news if artificial intelligence (AI) can help in this area. French authors have shared their experiences in a paper in European Radiology. Find out more in the CT Community.

The eagerly awaited results of a large European Society of Radiology survey on MRI of the female pelvis were finally published earlier this week, and they deserve close scrutiny. The research highlights wide variations in both knowledge and use of prevailing guidelines, and much work still needs to be done in raising awareness.

Also in our Women's Imaging Community, a Norwegian group has written about the promise of AI for detecting breast cancers on screening mammography when compared with double reading in a dataset of nearly 123,000 women. Its findings were posted online by Radiology on 29 March.

Italian researchers have written about the clinical applications of AI, too. They've described how a deep-learning algorithm can accurately characterize breast density on mammography, and they think the tool can help decision-making and overcome "the suboptimal reproducibility of visual human density classification that limits its practical usability."

Looking ahead, our free 60-minute webinar, "AI Trends in 2022: Thoracic Radiology," takes place on 6 April. It will feature Prof. Mathias Prokop; Prof. Marie-Pierre Revel; and Imon Banerjee, PhD, and you can register now. Don't miss out!

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