What's gone wrong at the Karolinska?
August 7, 2019 -- Regular articles continue to appear in Swedish newspapers about the huge building and corruption scandal at the New Karolinska Hospital. Many doctors are leaving, patients are suffering, and some observers think the scandal is so large that it can never be thoroughly investigated. The Maverinck tells the story.  Discuss
Parizel: Belgium is world leader in needless exams
July 24, 2019 -- Compared with the rest of Europe, Belgium is a world leader in unnecessary medical examinations due to poor indications, Prof. Paul Parizel, PhD, has told Knack, the Belgian weekly news magazine. Also, there is a risk that radiology is becoming too much about business, he said in the article posted on 23 July.  Discuss
Act now on handling of serious findings, urges new report
July 19, 2019 -- A government-funded, independent U.K. healthcare agency has published detailed recommendations about how to improve the handling of serious unexpected findings on patient scans by hospital staff. The Royal College of Radiologists has endorsed the report.  Discuss
Podcast: Maskell reveals how to stay happy at work
July 17, 2019 -- Radiology departments don't have to be dull, lifeless, and silent places. That's the core philosophy and raison d'etre of Dr. Giles Maskell, who believes that creating the right environment in the workplace can enable staff members to thrive, achieve their potential, and deliver better patient care.  Discuss
Are you drowning from too many acronyms?
June 26, 2019 -- Overusing acronyms and abbreviations in imaging requests and reports can cause confusion, delay a diagnosis, and compromise patient safety, and it's essential to create an approved list of common acronyms, according to a new audit conducted in Scotland.  Discuss
Radiology's error leads to patient death, reports HSJ
June 25, 2019 -- Radiologists at University Hospitals Plymouth National Health Service Trust in the U.K. failed to spot a hemorrhage on the CT scan of an elderly patient, resulting in his early discharge and subsequent death, according to a 21 June article in the Health Service Journal (HSJ).  Discuss
Introducing Rad-U-Like, radiology's rating website
June 24, 2019 -- Rating websites are big business, but so far healthcare has been relatively spared. This won't last long, so radiology should take control and develop its own site, writes Dr. Giles Maskell, who takes a light-hearted look at how it might operate.  Discuss
Cropping of digital x-rays can lead to 'collimation creep'
June 24, 2019 -- Research from the U.K. and the United Arab Emirates suggests that the effort to produce "prettier" x-ray images can lead to "collimation creep" as radiographers crop digital radiography images rather than use more appropriate collimation settings. The article was published in the June edition of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.  Discuss
Londoners cut phone interruptions over head CT scans
June 18, 2019 -- Researchers from a top London facility have implemented a novel protocol to remove radiologist vetting of acute head CT exams in adults. This led to a marked and sustained reduction in the number of phone interruptions to the on-call radiologist, without increasing scanning numbers, they noted.  Discuss
Video from UKIO 2019: Giles Maskell on conflict
June 12, 2019 -- LIVERPOOL, U.K. - Perfect harmony doesn't always prevail in a radiology department. Dr. Giles Maskell, immediate past president of the Royal College of Radiologists, spoke at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO) about managing differences within a team. We asked him how he keeps the peace in his own hospital.  Discuss