Week in Review: Artifacts in spine MRI | Playkits for anxious kids | Radiologist's 37% error rate

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Not only can artifacts have a serious impact on image quality but also they can be confused with pathology. In a special feature, researchers from Adelaide in Australia have shared their experiences with artifacts in spine MRI, including five clinical figures.

Also in the MRI Community, you'll find our article about how a playkit can help to reduce the anxiety of children and parents prior to MRI. A team from Sheffield, U.K., has elaborated on its simple and relatively low-cost solution to this longstanding problem.

When you look at Letterkenny's location on a map of Ireland, it's easy to understand why the university hospital has had such problems attracting radiologists. A locum radiologist with a high error rate was fired after only 10 days, leading to a review of hundreds of scans.

On a more positive note, the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich is a leading European center of excellence when it comes to medical imaging. You can find out about the latest publication from LMU Munich in our Molecular Imaging Community.

In other news, an urgent MRI exam on a cancer patient was not performed until 20 weeks after the request was made, the New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner stated on 6 November. The scan showed metastatic cancer in the man's spine. Check out the full story.

Many of you have followed with keen interest Prof. Paul Parizel's move from Belgium to Western Australia. In the latest chapter, he's opened an advanced imaging facility in Perth, along with nuclear medicine physician Ros Francis.

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