Tapping the talents of over 50s; x-ray & hip trauma; 1,000 graves in Rennes

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

If you're in your 50s and you're thinking of putting your feet up and taking it easy in the near future, then you might have to think again. Radiology needs you, says the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).

To cope with rapidly rising workloads, RCR is encouraging all U.K. employers to think more seriously about how they can capitalize on older radiologists' experience. Given RCR's global influence, other countries are likely to listen to its compelling message. To learn more, click here.

A close relative of mine has already endured three hip replacement operations, and he is likely to need one or two more before he turns 60. I've seen firsthand the anxiety and disruption caused by these major procedures. A Swedish researcher has looked at how imaging can be used more effectively in this area. Go to our Digital X-Ray Community, or click here.

When French builders were excavating for a new congress facility, they unearthed nearly 1,000 graves that contained some incredible secrets. Delegates at last week's French national radiology congress were told about how CT has helped unlock these mysteries. Get the full details here.

Dutch researchers broke new ground in the evaluation of lung computer-aided detection (CAD) schemes when they decided to compare several state-of-the-art systems on the largest validated database of lung nodules around.

Most CAD systems do a good job of finding suspicious nodules that radiologists may have missed, with accompanying low false-positive rates. Still, awareness of the varying reliability of different CAD algorithms is crucial to properly evaluate and benchmark system performance, they cautioned. How did the various algorithms stack up? Visit our Advanced Visualization Community, or click here.

Just as many experts feared, the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 has led to a sharp increase in thyroid cancer among children and adolescents in the area, according to a study published online in Epidemiology. Click here to find out more.

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