Willi Kalender on CT dose; Leuven's new fetal study; how to deal with grumpy patients

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Willi Kalender never seems to get angry or ruffled, and always appears totally calm, cool, balanced, and in control of his emotions. But even he had trouble concealing his obvious frustration during last month's keynote lecture at the U.K. Radiological Congress, using strong phrases like "sheer nonsense" and "horror stories."

So why was the founder of spiral CT in a spin and getting so hot under the collar? Find out in our CT Community, or by clicking here.

Leuven University Hospitals in Belgium certainly is taking CT dose very seriously, judged on a new study published in European Radiology. Researchers evaluated all CT exams performed in pregnant patients from 2008 to 2013 and compared estimated radiation doses to the fetus in early stages of pregnancy with published data. To learn about their findings, click here.

When it comes to healthcare, people tend to have ever higher expectations. Whereas relatively few of them complained a decade or so ago, now it's much more common for patients to post a bad review on social media or lodge a formal complaint. Handling grumpy patients requires skill, patience, and diplomacy, and we've got some practical tips for you. Get them here.

Dr. Fiona Gilbert in Cambridge, U.K., is convinced that digital breast tomosynthesis is helpful in the assessment clinic to improve mammography specificity, particularly for younger women with dense breasts, and her group has published a study on the topic in Radiology. Visit our Women's Imaging Community, or click here.

A fascinating and lively debate about the global status of women in medical physics took place recently, and it confirmed that women are very underrepresented in some countries. Click here for the full details.

Last but not least, our Spanish editorial advisory board member Dr. Isabel Vivas, PhD, has developed a case report about an 81-year-old woman with dementia, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. To take the test, click here.

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