RCR: Checklists can save lives and careers
January 18, 2019 -- The best radiologist I ever met was also the one with the saddest career-ending story, noted Dr. Tony Nicholson from Leeds, U.K. "Experienced in hundreds of biopsies, he got the wrong side one day. He was busy and distracted," he said. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) thinks safety checklists can help avoid situations like this.  Discuss
Imaging aquatic life: Diving into the unknown
January 16, 2019 -- VALENCIA - The creatures that live under the sea have inspired humans over history, and even the congress poster for ECR 2019 has a nautical theme, but many aquatic species remain elusive. Imaging can help reveal some of their secrets and protect and care for them, a veterinarian from Spain told attendees at a recent congress.  Discuss
How to avoid pitfalls in interpretation of adrenal imaging
January 15, 2019 -- A clear understanding of the pitfalls in the performance and interpretation of adrenal CT can help prevent incorrect and inappropriate investigations, award-winning researchers from a top London facility have found. It's essential to keep aware of the full range of pseudolesions and mimics, they said.  Discuss
CT guidance for spinal injections comes under scrutiny
January 14, 2019 -- Swiss researchers found that CT guidance allowed interventional radiologists to perform spinal injections just as effectively as they did using fluoroscopy but with much lower personal radiation exposure, according to an article published online on 8 January in Radiology. CT guidance led to higher radiation exposure to patients, however.  Discuss
French radiology responds strongly to 'disdainful' criticism
January 3, 2019 -- France's National Council of Radiology has reacted angrily to a series of negative comments made about the profession by an expert in infectious diseases. The remarks were made in a recent editorial in the weekly political and news magazine Le Point.  Discuss
Global survey finds wide variation in CT radiation dose
January 2, 2019 -- Substantial variation in radiation dose used for CT scans is mainly due to how the scanners are used by medical staff rather than differences in the patients scanned or the machines used, according to an extensive international study published on 2 January in BMJ.  Discuss
AR enhances visualization of shoulder joint for surgery
January 2, 2019 -- Researchers from France have developed a new technique that uses augmented reality (AR) images based on CT scans to improve visualization preoperatively and intraoperatively for shoulder replacement surgery, according to an article published online in Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research.  Discuss
Machine learning can generate realistic breast phantoms
December 17, 2018 -- Dutch and Italian researchers have used machine-learning algorithms to generate "superresolution" digital breast phantoms. They are now working to develop dynamic contrast-enhanced dedicated breast CT, which may prove useful for many stages of breast cancer care.  Discuss
How happy is your radiology department?
December 5, 2018 -- A department of 10 radiologists, each of whom goes to work determined to do precisely 10% of the work, will inevitably fail, Dr. Giles Maskell writes. He reflects on what makes for a healthy working environment and why it pays to let a little light into the darkness.  Discuss
BMJ: GP requests rise threefold in 15 years
November 30, 2018 -- General practitioners (GPs) in the U.K. are ordering more than three times as many diagnostic tests compared with 15 years ago, and these tests are costing the National Health Service more than 2.8 billion pounds a year, according to an article published online on 29 November by BMJ.  Discuss