RADIOLOGY NEWS
10 golden rules on ultrasound hygiene
November 16, 2020 -- Infection prevention and control measures for ultrasound must be implemented to avoid contamination, and this includes rules on hand hygiene, decontamination of machines, and regular deep cleaning of the ultrasound room's surfaces and ancillary equipment, according to a European Society of Radiology position statement.  Discuss
New analysis underlines value of lung cancer screening
November 16, 2020 -- In a study of eight randomized controlled trials involving over 90,000 people, CT lung cancer screening produced a relative risk reduction of 0.81 for death from lung cancer and an absolute risk reduction of 0.4%. Screening did not reduce all-cause mortality, however.  Discuss
Italians show DBT detects more early-stage breast cancers
November 13, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) pinpoints more cancers than digital mammography at repeat screening and finds a lower number of stage II and higher cancers, according to a large Italian study. The results suggest DBT depicts cancer that might soon become advanced, said Dr. Francesca Caumo from the Veneto Institute of Oncology in Padua.  Discuss
U.K. report puts focus on getting it right first time
November 12, 2020 -- A group of senior U.K. radiologists has unveiled a report called Getting It Right First Time. Among its recommendations are the creation of 18 imaging networks, dedicated facilities for interventional radiology day-case patients, national protocols for imaging common conditions, and real-time demand management tools for diagnostic and interventional workflows.  Discuss
Achenbach speaks on future of congresses and CT
November 11, 2020 -- Next August's annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is to be held virtually, not face-to-face in London, ESC President Prof. Dr. Stephan Achenbach has confirmed. In an exclusive interview, he reveals why the ESC made this decision so early and shares his views on CT's role in COVID-19 cases, collaboration with radiology, and the work of his research team.  Discuss
UAE team spells out how to fill AI knowledge gap
November 11, 2020 -- The artificial intelligence (AI) knowledge gap can only be filled by more collaboration between educational institutes and professional bodies to develop structured training programs for radiologists and radiographers, according to researchers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Discuss
Radiology takes stock of its role in combatting COVID-19
November 10, 2020 -- Sunday's International Day of Radiology paid tribute to the radiologists, radiographers, and support staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Imaging teams came together to raise awareness and celebrate the vital role of radiology, as well as to reflect on how the profession has changed this year. Our roundup includes the photographic highlights.  Discuss
U.K. research team shines a light on risks of HRT
November 10, 2020 -- A University of Nottingham study published in the BMJ has confirmed the risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), especially for formulations that contain progesterone. It has also indicated that the risk of developing breast cancer is higher for women in their 70s and those with long-term use.  Discuss
Is it time to come out from behind the monitor?
November 9, 2020 -- Radiologists need to get more involved and be active in health policy so the profession can be seen, known, and valued, Dr. Lars Benjamin Fritz believes. In an interview, he explains the rationale behind the German Röntgen Society's new working group.  Discuss
Cancer delays: Counting COVID-19's hidden costs
November 9, 2020 -- A patient whose cancer treatment is delayed by even one month can face a mortality risk of up to 13% higher, a Canadian and U.K. study has found. The investigation, published online by the BMJ, was triggered by concerns about delays to cancer diagnosis and therapy during the pandemic.  Discuss