Dear readers, IMAGING Management has long stood for the professional development of competency and excellence, not just in medical imaging management, but all the ancillary roles of a healthcare leader. We are therefore delighted to support the first dedicated Management in Radiology (MIR) led workshop taking place on Saturday, March 3, at 13.00 (Room Q), during this year’s European Congress of Radio

Country Focus: Egypt

An Accenture survey of more than 3,700 doctors across eight countries has found that healthcare IT is improving health practices and there is common agreement on the top benefits of technology across countries. But some physicians do not yet see all the benefits, especially those over 50 or those who are not actively using healthcare IT, such as electronic medical records (EMR) and health information excha

Association News

The 2012 edition of the Annual Scientific Meeting of Management in Radiology (MIR), chaired by Prof. Peter Mildenberger, has been announced for October 11 – 12, in Milan, Italy. This yearly gathering of leaders in healthcare, primarily coming from the medical imaging sector, but extended to all those with an interest in healthcare economics, management and senior level administrative topics, will address

In the question of radiation protection education for all medical professionals in Europe, CIRSE has assumed a pioneering role. Under the guidance of the ESR, CIRSE is involved in the EC-funded MEDRAPET project which has two main goals: Assess the current standard of radiation protection training for medical professionals in Europe, and Update the European radiation protection guidelines. To give the

The 12th Annual European interoperability testing event for IT in healthcare, known as the IHE Connectathon, will be held in Bern, Switzerland from May 21 to May 25, 2012 at the Bern Expo. More than 300 information technology engineers from 70 companies are expected for this year’s event, an intensive, live five-day ‘connectivity marathon’ for testing the interoperability and connectivity of heal

Taking place in Pisa, Italy, from June 27 – 30, the annual CARS congress is the yearly occasion where medicine and technology meet to present and discuss the key innovations that shape modern medicine on a worldwide basis. As is traditional, the ISCAS, EuroPACS, CAR, CAD and CMI societies will join CARS holding their own meetings are part of this large event. The congress will also be part of the Bio

Congress Review

The European Association of Healthcare IT Managers is proud to present the Winners, Finalists and Nominees for the IT @ Networking Awards 2012 (IT @ 2012). These fifteen medical technology and healthcare IT projects came to Brussels on the IT @ 2012 January to battle it out to win the coveted IT @ 2012 trophy and prize money. Yet again the sheer number and quality of submitted projects surpassed our ex

IT @ 2012 Winners 1st Place: Successful Development and Implementation of a Primary Healthcare Information System (Presented by Ian de Vega) 2nd Place: Individualised Patient Disease Diagnosis and Treatment through Whole Genome Sequencing and Comparison (presented by Peter van der Spek) 3rd Place: eyeSmart EMR - Intelligent IT Solution for Eyecare (presented by Anthony Vipin Das) IT @ 2012 Finalists3D PACS

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Radiology was born in December 1895. Not much later, doctors were reading and reporting x-ray images across the world. More than a century later, imaging technology has made quantum leaps forward, but reporting has changed very little. It has been proven time and again that radiologists as well as referring clinicians favour a shift from free text to structured reporting (SR), and yet little of all this app

Radiology reports are the form of communication between radiologists and the referring clinical doctor. The referring clinical doctor sends a “radiology request card or letter”, which may be on paper or in electronic format. The IT system used for generating a radiology request is referred to as Ordercomms. Let us look at the clinical structure of a radiology request card/letter. The referring doctor pr

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) released the first version of the RadLex Playbook (http://playbook.rsna.org) on November 1 during the recently past RSNA congress, and already this resource has found eager users in the radiologic community. The Playbook provides a standard, uniformly structured set of names for radiology procedures. The RadLex Playbook was demonstrated in the Image Sharing

ECR Special Preview

This year’s elected President of the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), Prof. Lorenzo Bonomo, is Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Director of the Radiology Training Programme at the Catholic University Sacro Cuore in Rome. Here he talks to IMAGING Management about what’s in store for attendees at this year’s ECR, the increasing importance of management topics and the role of e-learning

Moving to an Organ-Based Workflow Today’s era of patient-centric medical/imaging care evolved from the modality specialists of the 1980s and ‘90s. It became obvious in subsequent years that radiology had to become more workflow-oriented, and be a more integral part of a multidisciplinary patient care team. At the same time, the arrival of PACS/RIS, the digitalisation of imaging in particular but al

Congress Preview

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which has grown now to almost MH,000 members. It is a trend-setting, dynamic and service-oriented congress, well-known as one of the most innovative meetings within the scientific community, embedded in a unique and inspiring ambience. Its purposes are many: medical imaging continues to evolve into a

Departmental Management

Traditionally, radiologists in the UK and other parts of the world have worked to timetables based on the radiographic list. Sessions, usually lasting a half-day, would be defined by modality. For instance, the CT or MRI scans performed during that session would be reported by the radiologist, to whom that session “belonged”. Other sessions might be put aside for plain film or other reporting, for examp

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) of the UK has just released iRefer: Making the best use of clinical radiology. Despite the new name, this is the seventh edition of the radiology referral guidelines, demonstrating through more than 20 years support, the RCR’s commitment to the importance of guidelines in the delivery of radiology services for patients. Evidence from the increasing use of diagnostic

Tech Horizons: In Medica Market Predictions for 2012

Many medical imaging markets experienced rapid decline as a result of the global recession, not just last year but in the years previous. Some segments of these markets are however, already recovering with strong growth prospects, while others are still struggling to return to pre-recession levels. InMedica analysts assessed a range of medical imaging markets to identify the key growth prospects for this i

Country Focus: Algeria

The radiology department of the University Hospital of Ben Aknoun hospital was founded 2007 and comprises three units: conventional radiology, ultrasonography, and CT. Two units are in the process of creation: MRI and vascular radiology. The activity of the imaging department is strongly linked to the direction of the hospital, which specialises in the musculoskeletal system. The hospital includes seven de

Please tell us about your professional career. Prof. Yaker: I specialised in interventional radiology techniques during four years of training in Paris in the public sector, and then returned to introduce interventional radiology to Algeria. Since 1993, I moved to the private sector and founded the Centre of Medical Imaging of Algiers (CIMA), which offers all imaging exams, including nuclear medicine. Our

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