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
Italians test novel CT method to relieve back pain
November 29, 2018 -- CT-guided pulsed radiofrequency, which applies pulses of energy directly to nerve roots, may be an effective method for alleviating lower back pain for cases when more conservative treatment options fail to do so, according to a Tuesday presentation at RSNA 2018 in Chicago.  Discuss
ESR puts renewed emphasis on clinical audits
November 22, 2018 -- An updated edition of a clinical audit tool is to be published in January 2019, delegates learned at the European Society of Radiology (ESR) Annual Leadership Meeting, held in Berlin on 16 November.  Discuss
What will AI really mean for radiology?
November 21, 2018 -- The concept behind artificial intelligence (AI) is seductive, and it will be a cash cow for developers and the industry, but the technology is immature, and it will never be a final product because the programs will need constant upgrades and updates, the Maverinck writes in his latest column.  Discuss