Fallout from Epinal; Olympics emergency care; patient power

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The scenic French town of Epinal, located south of Nancy, is famous for its riverside walks, historic buildings, and surrounding forests. But in medical circles, from now on it will be known largely as the source of the radiation overdose scandal that led to the imprisonment of three doctors.

The fallout from the scandal is still being felt. The European Commission thinks new guidelines on image justification will help prevent further cases, but some experts are not so sure. To read more, click here.

Important new information about the London Olympics continues to emerge. On Friday, details were presented about the organization and management of the emergency medical services at last summer's games. Get the story here.

Patients are exerting ever greater control over healthcare, and this trend looks set to continue well into the future. Lucien Engelen, from Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands, took out his crystal ball last week in a bid to make some predictions. Click here to learn more.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.6 million people have been blinded as a result of orbital trauma. To expedite treatment in such cases, radiologists must know about the different types of potential injury and recognize the associated imaging findings. Find out more in our CT Digital Community, or click here.

Determining the age and sex of human skulls is a complex process but Austrian researchers believe they've made significant progress in this area. In their new study, a computerized method outperformed visual assessment and other conventional techniques. Visit our Advanced Visualization Digital Community, or click here.

Finally, what are the most common causes for having to repeat MRI examinations? Portuguese researchers addressed this question and found that patient movement and the use of incorrect technical parameters by radiographers are often to blame. Go to our MRI Digital Community, or click here.

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