Fast thoracic MRI emerges as alternative to chest x-ray
August 10, 2018 -- How does MRI compare with chest x-ray in detecting cardiac and noncardiac findings? Very similarly, according to new research from Italy. Both modalities identified pulmonary nodules, had similar pulmonary nodule detection rates, and more.  Discuss
Radiology mourns forensic expert Dr. Hermann Vogel
August 10, 2018 -- The creator and organizer of a series of special exhibitions at the ECR, Dr. Hermann Vogel, died on 30 July at the age of 76. A recognized international expert in forensic imaging, he made over 40 trips to war zones and areas of crisis across the globe to investigate human rights abuses.  Discuss
Opinion: Inappropriate use of abdominal x-rays
August 6, 2018 -- Many requests for abdominal x-rays don't ask a clear question of the interpreting radiologist, and some requests aren't even clinically indicated. Dr. Toni Anderson from Dublin has studied this issue and shares her experiences.  Discuss
U.K. research could lead to flexible x-ray detectors
July 27, 2018 -- What if x-ray detectors were flexible enough to conform to patient anatomy? Would they produce better image quality or enable more accurate monitoring of radiation dose? It may not be a pipe dream. Researchers from the University of Surrey in the U.K. are working on a digital x-ray detector material that could be fabricated into flexible x-ray detectors.  Discuss
U.K. regulator calls for urgent action on backlog of scans
July 19, 2018 -- After uncovering massive backlogs of imaging examinations at three hospitals in England, the Care Quality Commission has highlighted the need for immediate action in its comprehensive new review of radiology reporting, but Royal College of Radiologists President Dr. Nicola Strickland has renewed her plea for more resources.  Discuss
Audit shows 25% of abdominal x-ray requests are inappropriate
July 11, 2018 -- A new audit of 200 consecutive requests for abdominal x-rays found that more than a quarter of referrals are wide of the mark, with general practitioners being the worst offenders, delegates learned at this month's U.K. Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress in Liverpool.  Discuss
Digital x-ray goes retro and mobile in Europe
June 28, 2018 -- After a flat period, the x-ray sector is starting to rally as demand grows for mobile systems and digital radiography retrofit kits, particularly in the east of Europe. Intelligent radiography promises to be the next big thing, according to analyst Simon Harris.  Discuss
Opinion: Radiologists & radiographers must stay united
June 26, 2018 -- Training and employing an unlimited number of radiologists is unrealistic today, yet the demand for imaging continues to rise. So radiology must be prepared to accept a solution involving radiographers and/or the ethical use of artificial intelligence, Dr. Elisabetta Giannotti writes. Evolution is the ability to adapt to change, she believes.  Discuss
Nikolaou: AI for complex cases may be over 10 years off
June 25, 2018 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to create more imaging opportunities and boost demand for specialists, but multimodality, multiparametric, or complex MRI diagnoses using AI are probably at least a decade away, according to Dr. Konstantin Nikolaou from Tübingen, Germany.  Discuss
Opinion: Radiographers do not equal radiologists
June 20, 2018 -- Studies that compare the reading skills of radiographers against those of radiologists are flawed, says Dr. Emanuele Neri. Trying to prove that "radiographers = radiologists" is the wrong exercise because the skillsets of the two groups are so different, but "radiographers + radiologists = better care" is valid, he writes.  Discuss