ESR gets tough on dose; Brussels briefing; Arthur de Schepper tribute

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

More work needs to be done on radiation protection, and there's no room for complacency when it comes to dose. That's the main message of a new statement on radiation dose issued by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

The ESR is more interested in action rather than mere rhetoric, and it has pinpointed 10 areas that require attention. Find out more by clicking here.

A high-level meeting involving ESR officials took place at the European Parliament on Tuesday evening. The subject under discussion was personalized medicine. Brussels correspondent Leo Cendrowicz covered the event for us, and you can read his report in the Molecular Imaging Digital Community or by clicking here.

Pick up any modern textbook about imaging of soft-tissue tumors and you'll probably find the name of Dr. Arthur De Schepper is given prominence and recognition. In addition to publishing extensively about this topic, he trained more than 80 radiologists and built up a brand-new department in Antwerp, Belgium. Somehow, he even found the time to write poetry. To read more, click here.

Keynote speakers consistently pull in the crowds, but often inflict anesthetic induction by PowerPoint on their audiences, according to columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie. In his usual refreshing, easy-to-read style, he tries to explain why this happens. Go to our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

The end could be in sight for sentinel lymph node biopsy for axillary staging of breast cancer patients. U.K. researchers call the procedure "redundant" in light of MRI with dye based on superparamagnetic iron oxide. Visit the Women's Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

The role of medical physicists in cancer care is continuing to evolve, and they now have the opportunity to transform how individual patients are treated. To get the views of three medical physicists, click here.

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