Week in Review: Try not to be the dino-radiologist | Becoming your own boss | The legacy of Raymond Damadian

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

If radiology is to attract the brightest and most promising medical students in the years ahead, it's essential to stress the specialty's valuable clinical role, as well as the modern technological aspects, according to Prof. Andrea Laghi, one of Italy's best-known radiologists.

Keep emphasizing the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence, and don't become a dinosaur, he advises. Food for thought indeed. Go to the CT Community for Laghi's thoughts on becoming a radiologist.

In Germany and other parts of Europe, many radiologists are considering self-employment as a way of controlling their own destiny. In a thought-provoking Q&A interview, two private practitioners from Bavaria share their experiences.

Dr. Raymond Damadian was a controversial figure in the early development of MRI, and working out his legacy is not a straightforward task. Was the Nobel committee right to overlook him? How significant were his discoveries? These and other questions remain unanswered as we observe his recent passing.

Today also marks the anniversary of the passing of another important person in the history of radiology: Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, who died on 12 August 2004. The inventor of CT technology, Hounsfield had a profound impact on medical imaging.

In other news, senior U.K. authors have updated their clinical guidelines on the optimum use of PET/CT. Best of all, their 86-page document is available for free. Find out more in the Molecular Imaging Community.

The World Conference on Lung Cancer took place this week in Vienna, and Dutch researchers unveiled important new data on CT screening. Don't miss our report. Plus, please make sure you also read the second article about this congress.

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