Tribunal gives reprieve to radiologist after drinking session
January 4, 2021 -- Dr. Mathias Gruber, the German-trained radiologist who was dismissed after drinking the night before he reported for a shift at a U.K. hospital, will remain on the medical register following a five-day investigation, according to a report posted on 28 December by the Peterborough Telegraph newspaper.  Discuss
UCL team evaluates COVID-19's impact on emergency visits
January 4, 2021 -- Researchers from University College London (UCL) have estimated the effect of reduced accident and emergency visits for suspected cardiac disease on non-COVID-19 deaths. A 35% decline in visits early in the pandemic may have contributed to hundreds of avoidable deaths.  Discuss
Sweden's Karolinska unveils breast AI results
December 23, 2020 -- Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have found that a breast cancer risk assessment model based on artificial intelligence (AI) outperformed traditional methods. The AI model beat conventional risk models used alone and when combined with breast density data.  Discuss
Prototype breast device displays much promise
December 23, 2020 -- A team from Heidelberg in Germany has reported that a prototype device combining 3D automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed well in a feasibility study. The scanner identified 97% of cancers and added only about a minute to the DBT exam time.  Discuss
Coping with COVID-19: Moral values must play central role
December 22, 2020 -- To find answers on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be looking in the wrong place. As much as epidemiological science, moral values underpin the huge changes in society imposed by governments worldwide. We must examine our moral values more closely, writes interventional radiologist Dr. Chris Hammond.  Discuss
Frankfurt team optimizes chest CT of COVID-19 cases
December 22, 2020 -- Researchers from Frankfurt in Germany have used minimum intensity projection reconstructions to improve the accuracy of chest CT exams when it comes to identifying ground-glass opacity in patients with suspected COVID-19 disease. They published their findings on 14 December in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
New data reveal true scale of missed scans and backlog
December 21, 2020 -- At least 4.4 million fewer diagnostic examination scans were performed in England between April and September 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, BBC News reported on 17 December. One in seven patients is now waiting more than three months for a scan.  Discuss
Top 10 AuntMinnieEurope stories for 2020
December 21, 2020 -- It's official: The role of medical imaging in the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the radiology news agenda in 2020, accounting for half of our list of top 10 articles. The use of ultrasound and CT in COVID-19 cases was a central theme, along with infection control and radiographers. Another major issue was the police report into the serious MRI accident in Swedish Lapland.  Discuss
Reliance on ultrasound grows in COVID-19 pandemic
December 18, 2020 -- Doctors in Italy are depending more than ever on ultrasound as part of their daily physical examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We can't afford CT scans for all our patients, and ultrasound's become like a third arm, according to one internal medicine physician.  Discuss
Meet the EuroMinnies 2021 semifinal candidates
December 17, 2020 -- The list of candidates for the third edition of the EuroMinnies award scheme is now available, following the nominations made by the 31,000-plus members of Radiology's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the emergence of artificial intelligence, and congresses moving online in 2020 have shaped your selections.  Discuss