Cutting bad referrals; quality matters; France & postmortem CT

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

A common complaint among imaging centers is that unacceptably high rates of inappropriate referrals are received. The CT coronary angiography service at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, U.K., suffered from just this problem, but the radiologists and cardiologists got together to sort it out.

They presented details about their simple solution at this week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC) 2013, in Liverpool. Visit our Cardiac Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Like many people, I'm a big fan of TripAdvisor.com, and I never book a hotel room without trawling through its reviews. But Dr. Peter Rinck, PhD, is concerned about the certificates of excellence awarded by the site, and he casts doubt on the value of this and other methods currently being used to measure quality. Click here to read more.

The first major French study on postmortem CT has been published, and it looks set to generate further interest in the technique's usefulness. The researchers assessed 236 postmortem CT scans performed at Rouen University Hospital, and their findings are worth close scrutiny. Go to the CT Digital Community, or click here.

Many of you enjoyed last year's article on French artist Marc Ferrante and his incredibly novel use of x-rays. We have an update on his latest project. Click here for the details.

Much attention is being focused on CT lung cancer screening, but Italian researchers think digital tomosynthesis also has great potential as a screening tool. Learn more here.

The Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) congress will take place soon in Heidelberg, Germany, and we've interviewed the president of the meeting, Dr. Nassir Navab, about his views on image guidance and computer-aided detection. Go to our Advanced Visualization Digital Community, or click here.

New research on CT colonography was unveiled this week. Italian investigators found that women can be screened for colorectal cancer five to 10 years later than men, and this finding in more than 7,000 patients may lead to different screening recommendations based on gender. Get the story here.

Look out for further reports from UKRC 2013 over the coming days. Make sure you check back regularly to our home page.

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