Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,
Over 2.5 years have passed since the serious accident in Sweden involving a radiographer who wore a weighted training vest in an MRI scanning suite.
To find out the current state of play in patient safety in MRI, we interviewed Titti Owman during the annual congress of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in London. She has worked in the field for many years and has been involved in drawing up new safety guidelines for Sweden. Changes are anticipated, particularly in the area of staff supervision, she said.
Unsurprisingly, safety was a dominant theme at ISMRM 2022. During a stand-out session, Ilse Patterson of Cambridge University Hospitals in the U.K. shocked many attendees when she showed photos of a patient who suffered a thermal burn due to delayed MR heating after a 1.5-tesla scan. Also, another speaker warned about the dangers of modifying the quench button on scanners.
Dr. Tim Leiner, PhD, is a key opinion leader in radiology artificial intelligence. He's moved from Utrecht, the Netherlands, to Mayo Clinic in the U.S. In a video interview, he talked about why he made the switch and about his initial impressions of the famous institution.
Another European radiologist who's moved to the U.S. is Dr. Katja Pinker-Domenig, PhD. She shared with us her latest thoughts on breast MRI and the differences between working in Vienna and New York.
ISMRM 2022 wrapped up yesterday in London. It was an extremely uplifting and well-attended meeting, and there was a very positive vibe throughout the six-day event. Make sure you read our full news coverage from the congress.
Away from ISMRM 2022, a U.K. inquest into a patient's death following a CT scan that was not acted upon for six days has received attention in the national and local media. Get the full story in the CT Community.
Finally, as we went to press, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) announced that three more editions of its European Congress of Radiology (ECR) meeting would be held in Vienna, for the years 2023 to 2025. The ESR said it was making the move to ensure a safe environment for attendees and exhibitors. The move will sure to be the talk of ECR 2022, currently scheduled for 13-17 July.