Frustrations on the job; Vienna's 20th ECR; Germany's crisis in pediatric radiology

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The professional freedom of radiologists is being steadily eroded and their working lives are increasingly bound by external constraints. That's the view of columnist Dr. Paul McCoubrie, and I suspect many of you can relate to his comments on frustrations in the workplace and concerns about radiology's future.

In the first part of his latest offering, McCoubrie also weaves in some philosophy and thoughts about education and training. Click here to read more.

Vienna has become the established home of the ECR. The 20th ECR will begin on 6 March, and in part three of our buildup to ECR 2014, four radiologists reflect on why they return to the Austrian capital each year. Get the story here.

Some really tough times currently face pediatric radiology in Germany. Dr. Gabriele Hahn from Dresden is running a workshop on this topic later next month, and in advance of the event, she speaks about the current status of the subspecialty. To learn more, click here.

Healthcare statistics show that cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are growing in frequency. In the U.S., about 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and as many as 40,000 U.S. patients die from IPF each year, the same number as those who die from breast cancer. New research published this week is bound to attract attention. Go to our CT Digital Community, or click here.

Digital radiography is a good tool for detecting cases of methamphetamine body packers, according to a new study in the British Journal of Radiology, but the unique nature of such radiography studies may require additional training when radiologists are called to interpret images of suspected drug carriers. Visit our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

Finally, don't miss our interview with Dr. Remy Demuth, president of the radiology section of the European Union of Medical Specialists, which is playing an important role in medical education and continuing professional development. Find out more here.

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