New data on CT radiation risks; be whimsical in reports; teleradiology's future

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

CT radiation risks are coming into clearer focus as we gather more direct evidence of the dose-response curve from childhood CT. That's the main message from Dr. Aaron Sodickson, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, in his BMJ editorial published yesterday.

Sodickson praises a large Australian study, which also appeared in BMJ and contains important new data on CT and dose. To read more, go to our CT Digital Community, or click here.

On a lighter note, humor does have a place in radiology reports, but it needs to be used with great care, writes Dr. Paul McCoubrie in his latest column. To make sure clinicians like your reports and read them in full, he recommends adopting a faintly whimsical style. Visit our PACS Digital Community, or click here.

Is teleradiology a medical act? How can we differentiate between telemedicine, telemonitoring, and other services requiring a medical doctor? These and other burning questions were addressed at last week's summit on e-healthcare. We interviewed the European Society of Radiology's representative, Dr. Jan Schillebeeckx. Get the story here.

It's easy to take for granted the superb fetal scans that are produced every day in hospitals. To avoid this, we must recognize the work of the pioneers in the development of ultrasound in obstetric care, says history colunist Dr. Adrian Thomas. Go to our Women's Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Everybody's budgets are under pressure these days, so we should welcome news from South Africa that a modified CT enteroclysis technique, performed with widely available and affordable infusion equipment and enteral contrast, can obtain diagnostic-quality images of small-bowel distention. Click here for the details.

Meanwhile, in the world of hybrid imaging, a German study has found that simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI is more accurate than retrospectively fused PET and MR images in abdominal organs and is better than PET/CT in the urinary bladder. To learn more, click here.

Last but not least, I wanted to pass on the very sad news about the death of Peter Ogle on 18 May. Peter was a legendary figure in international radiology publishing, having covered medical imaging for more than two decades as a journalist and editor. He reported from numerous congresses, including RSNA and ECR, and he trained and inspired many others in the field, including's Editor-in-Chief Brian Casey and Senior Editor Erik L. Ridley, as well as myself. We will miss Peter greatly.

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