How to reduce errors; from beer to scanners in Moldova; MRI of migraines

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

To err is human, wrote the 18th century English poet Alexander Pope. But in medical imaging, thankfully a lot can now be done to minimize the frequency and impact of errors. Greater awareness of the circumstances that often lead to errors, as well as the ability to share experiences, can help to ensure that mistakes don't happen.

Dr. Paul Spencer, chair of the Radiology Events and Discrepancies (READ) project, cares passionately about this topic. To read his enlightening column, click here.

Building an imaging center from scratch is immensely challenging but also extremely rewarding, as managers at the Centrul de Diagnostic German in Chisinau, Moldova, have discovered. For details about this case study, go to our PACS Digital Community, or click here.

It's always a big achievement for Europeans to get published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, so radiologists from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands must feel happy with life right now. To read about their ground-breaking study of migraines in women, go to our MRI Digital Community, or click here.

Meanwhile, MR researchers from University Hospital Antwerp in Belgium have found that 3D turbo spin-echo sequences alone cannot be used to assess the knee joint at 3 tesla. They firmly believe conventional 2D sequences still have a role in these examinations. Get the story here.

When the 98th RSNA meeting opens this weekend, there's bound to be a host of surprises lurking in the exhibit halls. For instance, Siemens Healthcare plans to launch a new line of premium angiography systems, called Artis Q. The new line includes enhancements in detector design, guidance technology, and x-ray tube instrumentation. To find out more, visit our Cardiac Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Our live coverage from the Chicago congress will begin on Sunday so make sure you log into throughout next week and beyond, and for a preview of the meeting visit our Road to RSNA section on our sister site at

If you're attending the RSNA meeting, please do drop by our booth in South Building, Hall A, 5200. I hope to meet you soon in the Windy City!

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