Banned words in radiology reports; pacemakers & MRI; Europe's PET market; Minnies laureates

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

At some stage, every radiologist probably has used phrases such as "cannot be excluded," "may represent," "within normal limits," and "clinical correlation requested." But these expressions are on Dr. Stephen Baker's blacklist, and he objects strongly to their use in reports.

Given the author's extensive experience and his past role as leader of the ECR's legendary annual film-reading session, you'll want to read the full list of banned words so you can avoid using them. Go to our Healthcare Informatics Digital Community, or click here.

In general, it's still the radiologist's responsibility to decide which pacemaker patients should undergo an MR examination, so there's a vital need for clear, accurate, and current information. For the latest advice from Dr. Jörg Barkhausen, chair of the German Radiology Society's Cardiac & Vascular Diagnostics Working Group, click here.

Recognition of PET's clinical potential continues to increase, but in terms of reimbursement and equipment availability and usage, the picture is very mixed throughout Europe. PET/CT's dominance of the European market is beyond doubt, however. Find out more in our Molecular Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Meanwhile, doubts persist over PET/MRI's cost-effectiveness, and most observers agree financial issues are holding back the technology. A group of authors from the U.K. and Austria believe software can help resolve the situation. Click here to read more.

Patients are not being told about the possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a result of cancer screening programs, and many say they wouldn't start a screening program if the overdiagnosis rate is too high, German researchers have found. Get the story here, and click on the link at the end of the article to learn about objections to the study raised by mammography expert Dr. László Tabár.

Also, our sister site AuntMinnie.com released its list of winners today in the Minnies, their annual awards event recognizing excellence in radiology. Several European entries received top honors. Read more at minnies.auntminnie.com.

Finally, don't miss our report about teleradiology in France. Click here to learn more.

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