Have you ever wondered how the same issue looks from different perspectives? Screening for coronary artery disease processes large volumes of images, using skills across different departments. In this issue we look at the challenges in this process from the viewpoint of three key decision-makers: the radiologist; the cardiologist; and the hospital manager. Each has a unique set of problems to resolve and e

Partner News

Authors: Prof. Dr Hans Blickman, Prof. Dr Jarl Jakobsen Emails: [email protected], [email protected] Under the leadership of Professors Krestin, Ringertz, Dixon and others, an attempt has been made since 2000 to see if we, Europe-based academic radiology chairs, could benefit from regularly organised discussions with each other. These discussions would be on department manageme

Theme The theme for this year is ‘Current Trends and Future Priorities’. The programme promises a varied view of the future directions of management. Invited speakers include several members of the editorial board of IMAGING Management: Iain W. McCall; Johan Blickman; Jarl A. Jakobsen; Nicola Strickland; and Henrik Thomsen. Sessions The conference presentations are on the following topics:

Contact: Dr Antonio Santoro EMAIL: [email protected] WEBSITE: WWW.EWGMR.ORG Workshop on Management in Radiology, XIIth Edition 5-7 January 2006, Bad Hofgastein, Austria. Supported by: GE Healthcare, Guerbet, Schering Topic - Internal and External Networking This year’s winter course will look at the topic of ‘Internal and External Networking’. Hospital situations may be different in


Author: Helicia Herman Title: Editor European Affairs Email: [email protected] The Employment Council meeting in Luxembourg on 2 June 2005 has been unable to reach agreement on the draft working time directive (see IM, issue 2/2005), and no vote was taken on the proposal. The proposal put to ministers was already an attempt at a compromise on the controversial opt-out clause. The Commission’s p

Author: Rory Watson Email: [email protected] This article summarises the provisions for health, which will be introduced by the new constitutional treaty, if ratified. It also explains possible reasons for the French ‘no’ vote and how this reasoning is observed in other political debates at a European level, which also impact the health care sector. The decision by European leaders in Ju

European Institutions

Author: Heliecia Herman Title: Editor European Affairs Email: [email protected] Presenting the EU´s Executive Body and Working The European Commission is the European Union´s executive body and fulfils its day-to-day tasks. Its official seat is in Brussels (Belgium), although it also has offices in Luxembourg, representations in all EU countries and delegations in many capital cities aro

Interviewee: Peter Arlett Title: Principal Administrator at the Pharmaceuticals Unit, DG Enterprise and Industry EMAIL: [email protected] National or European groups. If the Commission needs to prioritise its work, it prioritises demands from European groups. This is simply because inviting national associations is not always easy to accomplish logistically and budget resources for orga

DG Enterprise & Industry Commissioner Günter This DG is responsible for EU policy on: • pharmaceuticals • medical devices • tissue engineering. Examples of EU legislation in these fields are: • The proposal for a regulation on medicines for children (see also ICU Management Summer 2005) • A regulatory framework on human tissue engineered products, currently in process •

Cover Story

Author: Jens Bremerich, MD Title: Department of Radiology, University Hospital Basel Email: [email protected] References are Available at [email protected] A hundred years ago fluoroscopy was the only imaging modality for the heart. Today imaging of structure with three dimensional resolution, metabolism on a molecular level, function of valves and myocardium, plaques wi

Authors: Jens Bremerich, MD; Georg Bongartz, MD Title: Department of Radiology, University Hospital Basel Email: [email protected] Reference are Available at [email protected] Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in Europe. Efficient imaging management of CAD is important today and will even be more important in the future due to: • demographic

Authors: Michael J. Zellweger, Peter T. Buser Title: Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Basel Email: [email protected], [email protected] Reference are Available at [email protected] Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in the Western world. Even though it is widely known that primary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most important

Authors: Mathiys Goyen, Jorg F. Debatin Title: University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Email: [email protected] Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains the leading cause of death in Western nations. To date, conventional coronary angiography (CA) remains the standard of reference for diagnosis of CAD. In 1999, more than 1.83 million CA examinations were performed in the United States a

Author: Edward Susman Email: [email protected] Stockholm, Sweden - A new study by Swiss doctors and economists indicates that hospitals may be able to save money by restricting which patients are eligible for drug-eluting stents – devices that remarkably reduce post-angioplasty events, but also cost thousands of Euros more than so-called bare metal stents. The Basel Stent Cost-effectivene


Author: Dr R. Clements Title: Consultant Radiologist, Royal Gwent Hospital Email: [email protected] Reference are Available at [email protected] Imaging has always been an important part of the diagnostic investigation of urinary tract disease. Historically, urological imaging relied on the excretion of iodinated contrast media into the urine to outline the collec

ECRI Healthcare Product Comparison

Author: Jason Launders, MSC Title: Medical Physicist, ECRI Email: [email protected] ECRI Europe Weltech Centre, Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 2AA, UK Tel: +44 (0)1707 871511 Fax: +44 (0)1707 393138 Email: [email protected] Website: WWW.ECRI.ORG.U ECRI is a totally independent non-profit research agency designated as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organisat

‘Letter from America’

Orthopedic physicians who buy in-office imaging equipment are often tarred with the self-referral brush by radiology professionals worried about losing turf in musculoskeletal imaging. But in many cases, orthopods who install their own MRI scanners turn to radiologists - in particular teleradiology services - for assistance in reading musculoskeletal exams. Orthopedic practices are installing in-office MRI

Country Focus - The UK

Author: Ruth Ivory Title: Managing Editor, Imaging Management Email: [email protected] More than 90% of healthcare in Great Britain is provided by the National Health System (NHS). The remaining healthcare provision is from independent practitioners and hospitals. The NHS is run by Central Government, led by the Secretary of State for Health and a team of ministers at the Depar

Author: Prof. Janet Husdand Title: President of the Royal College of Radiologist Email: [email protected] The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) is an independent professional body for radiologists and is separate from the National Health System. Objectives and Activities The RCR was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1975. Under its Charter, its main objectives are the advancement of the

Author: Tom Davis Title: Marketing & Fundraising Manager, British Institute of Radiology Email: [email protected] Website: WWW.BIR.ORG.UK The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) is unique in the UK as a multidisciplinary radiological organisation, which welcomes all radiological professionals into its membership, and all professionals in other disciplines who employ radiation in diagnosi

Author: Dr Paul Dubbins Title: Cons Radiology, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust EMAIL: [email protected] Managing a department of clinical radiology has never been more challenging. There has always been the risk of being reviled by both sides: by management for responding like a ‘native’ and by colleagues for ‘going into the dark side’. It has probably always been an illusion t

Author: Dr Giles Maskell Title: Consultant Radiologist Email: [email protected] A normal day in CT. Several outpatients waiting in the waiting room drinking their oral contrast. Some were given their diagnosis of cancer in a clinic a month ago and have been waiting for staging investigations. Two or three patients in beds: some admitted a few days ago and waiting for a scan ever

My Opinion

Jarmo Reponen In this issue we speak with Dr Jarmo Reponen, the newly-elected President of EuroPACS. Can I Ask You to Tell Us a Little About Yourself and Your Experience in the Field of Imaging? I am a radiologist working as a head of department at Raahe Hospital, Finland. I also work part time as a research manager at FinnTelemedicum, which is a centre for e-Health and telemedicine at the Univer

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