Tour de France goes mobile; Olympic stars & elbow pain; debate grows over trainees

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Our coverage this week has a very strong sporting theme.

The ultrademanding nature of the Tour de France means that injuries are common, and this has prompted the race's organizers to invest heavily in mobile imaging equipment. We've interviewed the radiologist in charge, Dr. Denis Jacob from Dijon. Go to our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

A year ago, the London Olympics were in full swing, and to coincide with the anniversary, some important scientific articles have been published regarding the imaging side of the event. Elbow injuries were a frequent cause of complaint among certain groups of athletes, but MRI provided some valuable clinical information that really helped some competitors. Visit our MRI Digital Community, or click here.

Over the next five years, fewer radiology trainees will be recruited in France after government cutbacks announced last month. This is likely to have major implications for the profession's future, and has led the French Society of Radiology to issue a strongly worded press release. Get the story here.

Patient safety is a prime consideration when it comes to radiopharmaceuticals, and Spanish researchers have been doing useful work in this area by creating a new database. It is already attracting considerable interest. Read more in our Molecular Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Meanwhile, a radiation exposure tracking system has overcome technical and political problems, and looks set to become a useful tool for monitoring a patient's exposure history and reducing the chance of overexposure to radiation. The goal is to make the system operational throughout Europe. Find out more here.

The breast tomosynthesis market appears set for growth in the future, and GE Healthcare has made it clear it wants a piece of the action. The vendor is moving ahead fast in this emerging field, and you can learn more by clicking here.

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