Rallying cry for radiology; EuroPACS' relaunch; radiation-induced heart disease

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Could radiology have a new rallying cry? Columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie certainly thinks so.

He proposes that the profession unites behind the slogan: "We are not in the business of exclusion." Specifically, he argues it's time to eradicate all references to "rule out x" or "exclude y" in radiology request forms. Get the story here.

EuroPACS has a new name: the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics. It has also revised its mission statement and website. The society's president, Dr. Emanuele Neri, explains what lies behind the relaunch. Go to our PACS Digital Community, or click here.

Radiation-induced heart disease is worth careful consideration and requires routine evaluation, according to Belgian researchers. They have studied the imaging protocols best suited for post-therapeutic assessment, and have reported their findings in the European Heart Journal. Read more in our Cardiac Imaging Digital Community, or by clicking here.

CT requests are rejected all too often, causing immense frustration and wasting everybody's time. A U.K. group has conducted an audit of all rejected CT requests during a one-month period at three hospital sites. Their results, presented at the U.K. Radiological Congress, deserve close scrutiny. To learn more, click here.

Also in the U.K., the Royal College of Radiologists has issued new guidance on breast cancer screening and symptomatic breast imaging that reflects the continuing demand for exams as a result of changes in the provision of cancer services in the National Health Service and the widespread development of specialist breast clinics. Visit our Women's Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

And while you're visiting the community, don't miss a practical and timely article about the optimum use of CT in breast cancer patients. Click here to find out more.

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