U.K. strike set for October 20; avoiding malpractice claims; teleradiology's pitfalls

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Strike action and a work-to-rule by radiographers in the U.K. National Health Service were confirmed today, following a meeting of the council of the Society of Radiographers (SoR).

This is a highly significant development because healthcare workers in the public sector have a very strong, built-in reluctance to strike because they hate the idea of causing harm to patients. Also, this unrest might spread to other European countries, where similar pay freezes are being enforced. To read the full details, including exclusive interviews with SoR officials, click here.

Malpractice claims brought against radiologists often are caused by a failure to include adequate details about important or unexpected findings in a final report, warned a leading expert on this subject at the Management in Radiology (MIR) congress, held last week in Bologna, Italy. He's convinced technology can help here. Go to our Healthcare Informatics Community, or click here.

Another highlight at MIR 2014 was a wide-ranging and topical discussion about the pros and cons of teleradiology, involving experienced radiologists from France and Belgium. Click here to find out more.

In the fast-moving world of advanced visualization, a Spanish start-up company is making a big impression. Get the full story here. And while you're visiting our Advanced Visualization Community, make sure you read the fascinating tale about how imaging has shed light on the life of a teenager who suffered severe head trauma 100,000 years ago. To learn more, click here.

Last but not least, Turkish researchers have created a framework that uses grid computing technology to make teleradiology easier between institutions, regardless of the type of PACS, RIS, or hospital information system used at each location. Find out more in our Middle East section, or click here.

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