Are chest x-rays still useful for syncope patients? November 22, 2016 -- Should emergency medicine physicians still order chest x-rays for patients presenting with syncope? A new study published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine answers that question with a qualified yes -- provided the x-ray exams are ordered judiciously.
The Neighborhood Radiologist: Language of the chest x-ray November 10, 2016 -- We're pleased to introduce the first column by the Neighborhood Radiologist, Dr. Neal Klitsch. With his blog and website, Klitsch aims to make radiology more understandable and approachable for patients, referring physicians, and radiologists-in-training. In his first column, Klitsch explains the language of the chest x-ray.
AJR paper describes errors in pediatric radiography November 8, 2016 -- A review paper in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology describes some of the errors that occur in chest radiography exams in children, with the goal of educating radiology professionals about the types of pathologies and disorders -- both frequent and infrequent -- they can encounter in kids.
Reject analysis program slashes unusable DR studies October 11, 2016 -- Researchers from the University of Chicago were able to cut their reject rate for digital radiography (DR) studies by almost 50% through an aggressive program of reject analysis and radiologic technologist education. However, they found their efforts hampered by the lack of an industry-standard terminology for rejected DR studies.
Migrants: How to determine age on pelvic x-rays September 16, 2016 -- In an attempt to assist decision-makers in the migrant crisis, Turkish researchers have redoubled their efforts to identify an accurate way of evaluating bone age using pelvic radiographs in young adults.
UAE steps up campaign on dose awareness September 13, 2016 -- Moves to limit medical radiation exposure are intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety issues and education now are high on the agenda of healthcare professionals. Every effort must be made to reduce exposure and boost risk awareness, according to key participants at next month's summit in the region.
Are RTs protected enough during fluoro procedures? September 12, 2016 -- Over the past 60 years, radiologic technologists (RTs) have tended to follow standard radiation protection protocols. But they're still at greater risk of radiation exposure and ensuing disease, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
JAAOS: X-ray still best for knee pain screening September 9, 2016 -- Despite the power of MRI, x-ray is still the best tool for screening patients ages 40 years and older who have knee pain, according to a new study in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Emergency providers miss mark in radiation dose survey September 8, 2016 -- Nearly half of emergency department healthcare providers weren't able to identify which of six commonly used imaging modalities involved ionizing radiation, according to survey results published in the September edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
FDA publishes 510(k) guidelines for digital detectors September 2, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidelines for companies submitting 510(k) applications to the agency for solid-state digital detectors to be used in digital radiography systems.