Radiographers read chest x-rays as well as radiologists
May 7, 2018 -- Radiographers can read chest x-rays as well as radiologists, according to a new study published on 30 April in Academic Radiology. The finding is good news for busy departments -- allowing radiographers to read chest x-rays could streamline workflow, the U.K. researchers noted.  Discuss
Start-ups feature in Barcelona congress
May 4, 2018 -- Organized by the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO), the ESTRO 37 meeting was held in Barcelona, Spain, from 20 to 24 April. Over 100 companies displayed their products in the 5,400-square-meter exhibition. We look at the technology being developed by four emerging players.  Discuss
10 tips to improve productivity in reporting
May 1, 2018 -- Reporting imaging examinations is an integral part of every radiologist's working life, but how could this task be done more effectively? Dr. Giles Maskell, past president of the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists, has a wealth of experience of reporting, and he shares some practical and creative hints on how to boost productivity.  Discuss
Machine learning for fracture detection gathers pace
April 11, 2018 -- U.K. researchers have provided fresh evidence about the feasibility of transfer learning from pretrained convolutional neural networks. They demonstrated the technology's accuracy to predict fractures can be increased by removing surplus imaging data and reducing the opportunity for overfitting.  Discuss
How radiology served the Third Reich
April 9, 2018 -- Exploring radiology during the Nazi regime is more than just about remembering its victims -- it's about keeping ethics at the forefront of practice, according to German researchers. Only by studying the past, can one safeguard the future, they insist.  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
French use augmented reality to boost dose awareness
April 4, 2018 -- Prizewinning French researchers are reporting success with their own system that provides real-time visual feedback about radiation exposure and the 3D propagation of scattered radiation using augmented reality. The system can increase dose awareness and reduce overexposure risks.  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