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
Radiographers: 'Yes, we can read chest x-rays'
June 15, 2018 -- The U.K. Society of Radiographers has refuted the suggestion that radiographers must not read chest x-rays and cannot conduct clinical image reporting to a standard equivalent to a senior radiologist. It's a "rather sad spectacle," according to its CEO Richard Evans.  Discuss
Opinion: Radiographers must not read chest x-rays
June 12, 2018 -- It's unacceptable that radiographers, who do not receive the same training as radiologists, can report chest x-rays, which are difficult to interpret even for experienced thoracic radiologists, according to Dr. Anna Rita Larici from Milan, Italy.  Discuss
Which modality works best for diagnosing kidney stones?
June 4, 2018 -- Which modality works best for diagnosing kidney stone disease, also known as urolithiasis: digital tomosynthesis, ultrasound, or the current reference standard of multidetector CT? It depends, according to a study published in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Imaging sheds light on injuries from running of the bulls
May 30, 2018 -- The running of the bulls at the Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, occurs over a route less than 1 km, yet it's one of the most dangerous in the world. At the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology biennial congress last weekend, Dr. Luis Miranda Orella shared details about the spectacular injuries seen at the event.  Discuss
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