Conebeam CT conquers wrist fractures; imaging of oldest field game; errors in speech recognition

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Most radiologists know from painful experience that occult scaphoid fractures often represent a major diagnostic challenge, but it's less widely known that conebeam CT can play an important role in this area.

A highly respected group from Antwerp, Belgium, has conducted new research on wrist fractures, and their efforts were commended by judges at Europe's top musculoskeletal congress. Learn about their key findings in our CT Digital Community, or click here.

A game of hurling is a thrilling spectacle, particularly if it's played in the legendary, rarified Irish sporting atmosphere. But the sport can take a severe toll on participants. To view a collection of x-rays showing the type of injuries picked up by hurling players, go to the Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

Extensive use is now made of speech recognition systems, but errors still crop up far too frequently, many users will admit. U.K. researchers have conducted an audit of this topic. Visit our Healthcare Informatics Digital Community, or click here.

Also in the U.K., a government group has issued a report on CT radiation dose that documents the population's rising exposure to medical radiation, and makes recommendations for reducing the cancer risk from that exposure. Get the story here.

Protecting patients from unnecessary radiation exposure remains a top priority, but what about radiologists who perform interventional procedures? German researchers found that radiologists have a low risk of overexposure, provided appropriate precautions are taken. For the full details, click here.

Finally, editorial adviser Dr. Miraude Adriaensen-van Roij, PhD, and a colleague have prepared a special case report about a 33-year-old man presenting with a six-month history of continuous pain in the right groin, which increases with physical activity. Test your diagnostic skills by going to the Case of the Week section.

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