France's MRI crisis; actionable reports & teleradiology; 3D tool for rib evaluations

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

It's widely known that France lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to MRI, but the situation appears to be getting worse, according to a new report on MRI waiting times. At least one senior radiologist believes the long waiting times represent a disaster.

To find out more, go to our MRI Digital Community, or click here. Also, look out for a follow-up article next week about the latest figures on radiology trainees in France.

Have you ever heard the term "actionable reports"? It was used by a keynote speaker during last month's U.K. Radiological Conference, and the phrase has caught the attention of our regular columnist, Dr. Neelam Dugar. Learn more by going to our Healthcare Informatics Digital Community, or click here.

At the European Society of Thoracic Imaging annual meeting in Amsterdam, there was much excitement among delegates about the clinical potential of a commercially available reformatting tool that can assist in evaluating rib lesions. The presenters were from one of the most respected facilities in the world: the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, U.S. Get the story here.

The intriguingly named Unidentified Diseases Centre opened its doors in Marburg, Germany, last December. We've got a feature article about the novel concept behind this unit and its fascinating work under the direction of cardiologist Dr. Jürgen Schäfer. Click here to read more.

A new study of MRI use at a hospital in Ireland paints a complex picture of the modality, with higher in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays for patients who got MRI examinations. However, this could be because the patients were more acutely ill, according to an article in the July edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. For our news report, click here.

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