Irish propose new coding system for CT colon exams
April 19, 2018 -- Following an audit of over 1,800 CT scans of the colon for the assessment of diverticular disease, Irish researchers have proposed a new coding system that enables a better clinical decision to be made about the next step in patient management.  Discuss
CT dose comes under close scrutiny in Saudi Arabia
April 10, 2018 -- A comprehensive study of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in Saudi Arabia has shown that the current levels are comparable with European DRLs, thanks to cutting-edge imaging technology, but patient dose varies between departments depending on scanning mode and protocols used.  Discuss
Hot chili pepper can produce thunderclap headaches
April 9, 2018 -- CT angiography has shown that eating a Carolina Reaper -- the world's hottest chili pepper -- may cause debilitating medical symptoms, according to a case report published online in BMJ Case Reports on 10 April.
A medical physicist's perspective on radiation dose
April 6, 2018 -- Radiation dose directives, dose management software, etc., etc. -- how can a busy radiologist keep up with it all? Medical physicist Virginia Tsapaki, PhD, shared practical and timely information about these issues at ECR 2018 in Vienna.  Discuss
Does organ-specific CT dose reduction really reduce dose?
April 5, 2018 -- Researchers from Belgium are questioning whether organ-based tube-current modulation in CT chest studies of women really reduces radiation dose. They found that while radiation dose to the breast fell, it increased in other areas, according to a study published on March 27 in Radiology.  Discuss
How to address image artifacts from patient motion
April 3, 2018 -- At a recent refresher course at ECR 2018, experts reviewed the options for motion management for improved diagnostic accuracy. What are some strategies to employ when using CT for cardiac patients? Or when using PET/CT? The experts reveal all.  Discuss
Survey shows radiographers lack life-support skills
March 28, 2018 -- A new survey has revealed a clear lack of knowledge among Portuguese radiographers about basic life support. The authors are convinced more education and hands-on training are crucial to make cardiopulmonary resuscitation available in radiology departments in case of cardiac arrest.  Discuss
How not to get sued: A guide for radiologists
March 21, 2018 -- Claims against radiologists are not uncommon and in England represented 2.26% of all claims. What are the types of claims faced by radiologists and how can they be avoided? Lawyers Alison Garrett and Joanna Lloyd discuss these issues in a new column.  Discuss
Will artificial intelligence sell more CT systems?
March 14, 2018 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) will play a big part in the future of medical imaging, but what impact will it have on the commercial market for hardware? Will AI drive greater demand for CT systems? We look at the trends shaping the the CT market and discuss if, and how, AI will play a role.  Discuss
Hybrid 3D printing reduces chest tumor surgery times
March 12, 2018 -- Researchers from Spain have created 3D-printed lung cancer models based on a combination of CT scans and MR images. They explained how to make these hybrid models and also described the advantages of using them to guide tumor removal in an ECR 2018 poster presentation that won a cum laude award.  Discuss