Dear readers, This edition, our cover story focuses on recent controversies associated with screening mammography. The media have lately drawn much attention to studies that question the safety and efficacy of breast screening, and here we summarise why this controversy has arisen, and provide a balanced account of the advantages and disadvantages of breast screening, as well as coverage of new tools curr

Cover Story: Controversies in Breast Screening

Author Prof. Per Skaane Breast Imaging Centre Department of Radiology, Oslo University Hospital Ullevaal,University of Oslo Oslo, Norway [email protected] Breast cancer screening has proved to be effective in reducing mortality, and many experts consider mammographic screening to be one of the major medical successes of recent decades. The use of screening mammography is based on the assumption that breast

Author Dr. Jan H. Wong Division of Surgical Oncology,Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina [email protected] Over the last two decades, convincing evidence has emerged that mammographic screening has contributed to a significant reduction in breast cancer mortality. Mammographic screening is especially important in the diagnosis of early stage breast cancer, which reli

IntervieweeCarla Guerriero Research Fellow in Health Economics John Cairns Health Service Research and Policy Department London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine London, UK Fiona j. Gilbert Maureen GC Gilian Aberdeen, Biomedical Imaging Centre Lilian Sutton Building,University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, UK Mathew G. Wallis Cambridge Breast Unit and Biomedical Research Institute Addenbrookes Hospital Cambrid

Authors Manfred Dietel Director of the Institute of Pathology Frederick Klauschen Institute of Pathology Charite,University of Charite Berlin Berlin, Germany Its reliance on biomarker evaluation for diagnosis and treatment decisions makes breast cancer care a good example of personalised medicine. In addition to breast cancer biomarkers such as the oestrogen/progesterone receptor and the Ki-67 prolifer

Tech Horizons

The emergence of digital radiography has altered the face of radiography in the recent past. It has offered a new standard for digital x-ray image capture. DR technology has brought about a transition from film-based image capture to direct digital image capture that can be previewed immediately after exposure. This optimised workflow provided by DR is highly beneficial for end users particularly those wi

European News

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has published a position paper on the "Usability of irreversible image compression in radiological imaging". This paper is the result of a groundbreaking Expert Panel Session, held prior to the Management in Radiology (MIR) Annual Scientific Congress last year in Mallorca. Each year, a select number of experts in medical imaging management gather for the Annual Scie

As previously reported in this journal (News: Vol. 11, Iss. 2), the European Commission recently launched the MEDRAPET (MEDical- RAdiation Protection Education and Training) project to assess the implementation of the Medical Exposure Directive provisions related to radiation protection education and training of medical professionals in the EU Member States and update the Radiation Protection 116 Guideline

The Joint Commission has published a report that delivers information to healthcare providers regarding the provision of radiationinvolved imaging services, cautioning against high dosages, which increase the risk for longterm damage. The repor t states that "Over the past two decades, the U.S. population's total exposure to ionising radiation has nearly doubled. If a patient receives repeated doses, harm

Association News

The organisers of the annual CARS congress wish to invite you to attend next year's edition of their meeting, as well as that of their partner societies. Following the long-term successful cooperation with the ISCAS, EuroPACS, CAR, CAD and CMI societies, in 2012 these scientific communities will jointly hold their annual meetings for the first time in Italy, with the 26th CARS Congress in Pisa. The Congr

At this year's edition of the European Connectathon a new IHE Domain for pharmacy that enables electronic prescription exchanges in both hospital and community settings was tested for the first time, and the first European testing of the IHE Domain for personal care devices was successfully completed. The development of two new IHE Domains for endoscopy and dental were also announced. "The clear success

Prof. Michael Lee has issued an open invitation as Primary Investigator to members of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) to commence a registry that will assess the success of caval filter retrieval. Says Lee: "There is a dear th of information in the literature regarding filter retrieval at present. CIRSE has therefore organised this registry, which it believes


Author Dr.Howard Galloway Chief Radiologist Imaging Partners UK [email protected] The advent of teleradiology and the outsourcing of reporting have increased focus on the audit of radiology reports. However, thus far there has been little examination of the evidence that could underpin a rational approach to audit. Audit data as well as performance monitoring provide information that may be used


IntervieweeConstantinos S. Pattiches,PhD Co-contributers Christos N. Schizas, PhD. Andreas Panayides, PhD Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus Efthyvoulos Kyriakou,PhD Department of Computer Science, Frederick University Nicosia, Cyprus Reported by Dervla Gleeson Managing Editor Constantinos Pattichis is Director of the Department for Computer Sciences at Nicosia's Univer


Author Yuri Prizemin Computer-aided detection (CAD) uses software and computers to bring suspicious areas on a mammogram to the radiologist's attention. According to the American Cancer Society, early research suggests that CAD systems help radiologists diagnose more early-stage cancers than mammograms alone. But some doctors disagree about the accuracy of identifying cancers with CAD software. Some feel

Country Focus: Luxembourg

Author Dr. Remy Demuth President Societe Lexumbourgeoise de Radiologie, Lexumbourg [email protected] IMAGING Management spoke to President of the luxembourg Society of Radiology, Dr. Rémy Demuth, about his take on the professional challenges experienced by radiologists in luxembourg. Though professionally based in luxembourg during his career, he is increasingly drawn to the European stage, recently as P

Congress Review

The lasting impression this year, left with attendees of the annual Management in Radiology (MIR) scientific meeting, is that both the organisation and the event itself, continue to grow into a highly focused event dedicated to raising awareness of management and healthcare economics topics, not just for radiologists, but for leaders in related domains of imaging-led healthcare. MIR is evolving: not only

The 13th Congress of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) is the joint meeting of the 23rd Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) and the 35th joint meeting of the Austrian (ÖGUM), German (DEGUM) and Swiss (SGUM) Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine. Here, IMAGING Management brings you a round-up of the hot topics and

Conference Agenda

NOVEMBER 2011 27 – 02 RSNA 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting The Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, USA http://rsna2011.rsna.org/ BC DECEMBER 2011 04 – 06 Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions Tel Aviv, Israel http://www.icimeeting.com 07 – 12 EUROECHO 2011 Budapest, Hungary http://www.escardio.org JANUARY 2012 12 – 1

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