The term ‘Interventional Radiology’ represents diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are minimally invasive and guided by an imaging method be it fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT or MRI. These procedures, developed over many years by radiologists, have become core components of the services offered by radiology departments and an essential part of management of many disorders. The success of these tech

Association News

Join Europe’s Most Prominent Experts, October 5 – 7 2006 Dear colleagues and friends, On behalf of the Local Organising Committee, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 9th edition of ‘Management in Radiology’ (MIR) 2006 Congress in Budapest. This unique platform, initiated to address significant managerial issues that affect the imaging industry from a scientific point

IHE Europe welcomes new member IHE Israel (www.ihe-il.org), which was officially initiated on 17 May 2006, in the presence of Mr. Charles Parisot, Vendor Co-Chair of IHE-IT Infrastructure. IHE Israel currently counts more than fifty registered members and is part of the IHE Europe initiative. The User Co-Chair is Ziv Rosenbaum and the Vendor Co- Chair is Roni Zaharia. Next Events The IHE Europe

The recently held 24th International EuroPACS Conference, which took place June 14 - 17 2006 in Trondheim, Norway, addressed a wide range of information technologies and related topics, over the three days of this leading European conference. With cutting-edge topics ranging from Image Processing and CAD, to Broadband and PACS, and Security Issues, the conference proved once again that it is the central ga

The 20th International Congress and Exhibition of CARS 2006 (Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery) was successfully held at the Osaka International Convention Centre in Osaka, Japan with 855 congress registrants from 43 countries. The meeting was organised by Hironabu Nakamura MD, PhD (Professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine) and Kiyonari Inamura, PhD (Professor of Kansai University of

Choosing the right MR system involves careful planning and selecting of benefits and features that meet the needs of healthcare facilities. ECRI recently published an evaluation of three 1.5-tesla MR systems. The in-depth article published in ECRI’s Health Devices journal provides information on selection criteria, extensive product specifications, and detailed results and analysis from ECRI’s testing

Scientific Programme The Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) chaired by Professor Klaas Prüssmann has prepared a well-balanced and exciting programme. The programme will cover Teaching Sessions, Plenary Lectures, Mini-Categorical Courses, Debates, Discussions and Scientific Sessions with the highest possible scientific quality. The aim is to give a multidisciplinary perspective on the hottest and most

EU News

Author Ilze Raath Editor European Affairs [email protected] The European Court of Auditors is the external audit institution of the European Union and acts as its “financial conscience”. Founded in 1977 in Luxembourg, it is independent from other European Union (EU) institutions. Its task is to keep track of EU funds, making sure that the Commission manages it properly.

Industry News

Matrox Graphics Inc. Display controller boards, including the Matrox MED Series, RAD Series, TheatreVUE Series and AuroraVX Series have been shipping as RoHS-compliant boards over the last few months.   The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted a Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, known as the

Agfa HealthCare announced that it has been selected by the Toronto East Network (TEN) as the preferred vendor for the region’s PACS project. Requiring the integration of several RIS and PACS systems from different vendors, this project will utilise Agfa’s IMPAX solution.   The TEN PACS Project is a joint initiative commissioned by a voluntary consortium of 16 hospital corporations. In cooperat

Kodak has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of its CR system for mammography and the company is currently conducting clinical trials at several sites in the U.S. and Canada. The mammography feature captures mammography and general radiography exams with the same computed radiography (CR) platform. Capturing mammography images requires the use of specialised KODAK mammograp

Frost & Sullivan has awarded Barco with the Customer Value Award for VOXAR 3D, a portfolio of advanced visualisation software and clinical applications. According to Frost & Sullivan, Barco's VOXAR 3D software provides customers with the best value for their investment in an advanced visualisation solution for a PACS environment.   Frost & Sullivan granted the award to Barco because of

Planmed has recently submitted a premarket approval (PMA) application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s Planmed Nuance* Full Field Digital Mammography System. Planmed hopes to receive the application approval before the end of the year.   The Planmed Nuance is based on amorphous selenium (a-Se) detector technology. Planmed plans to offer two detector sizes. Customers m

Siemens has completed its acquisition of Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC), marking a significant milestone for Siemens as it enters the invitro diagnostics (IVD) market. Together with DPC, Siemens Medical Solutions will become the first full service diagnostics company. Yesterday, DPC shareholders approved the merger of DPC into a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions, Inc. In the merge

NEC Corporation (NEC) and NEC Electronics Corporation (NEC Electronics) announced that they have succeeded in the development of a new design method for large-scale integrations (LSIs) with more than 50 million transistors, operating at a speed of several hundred megahertz. NEC and NEC Electronics’ new design method introduces a “Border Moving Method” into the design process, which completely elimina

Sectra Communications Dutch branch office was recently inaugurated in the Hague, the Netherlands. The inauguration was held in presence of around twenty invited customers, among these representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Interior, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Crime Court and Eurojust.   Sectra's Country Manager in the Netherlands, Jeroen de Muijnck, hosted the ina

Cover Story: Interventional Radiology

Which Technology is Worthwhile? Authors Prof. Thomas J. Vogl (above) Dr. Mohamed Nabil Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Johann  Wolfgang  Goethe University Clinic Frankfurt Am Main Germany [email protected] New Techniques in Interventional Imaging Interventional radiology is one of the youngest, fastest-growing specialties in m

Adapting the Environment for Optimal Healthcare Authors Herve Rousseau Francis Joffre Octavio  Cosin Department  of  Radiology Rangueil  Hospital Toulouse, France [email protected] Interventional radiology is a continuously emerging field, recognised today by the entire spectrum of the medical community. Beyond political and strategic aspects of gen

Innovations Raising Standards of Healthcare Author Prof. Jose Ignacio  Bilbao Department of Radiology University Clinic  of  Navarra Pamplona, Spain Minimally invasive procedures that began as “therapeutic alternatives” have now become first choice procedures, resulting in important changes in patient care. The clinical management of patients has altered with the p

Interview with Prof. Johannes Lammer Prof. Johannes Lammer Chairman, Department of Angiography and Interventional Radiology, University of Vienna/AKH President of  Cirse How did You Come to be Involved in Interventional Radiology? I am currently a Professor of Radiology and the Director of the Department for Interventional Radiology, at the Medical University of Vienna. I have


Ensuring Stable Departmental Growth Author Prof. J. L. Bloem Head of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Leiden University Madical Centre Leiden,The Netherlands [email protected] To develop a quality-led, customer-driven and forward looking healthcare facility, heads of departments must implement innovative strategies to enhance clinical service, research, teaching, management, qual

Making a More Accurate Diagnosis Author Dr. Ivan Salgo Heart Failure Investigations Programme Director Philips Ultrasound Advances in ultrasound technology are making it possible for physicians to obtain clearer images of the heart than ever before, which is critical in being able to accurately diagnose and provide appropriate treatment for young cardiac patients with congenital he

Increasing Medical Safety Authors Mr. Frank Ellwood CT Superintendant Derriford Hospital Plymouth Devon, United Kingdom Dr Nathan Manghat Specialist Registrar in Clinical Radiology Derriford Hospital Plymouth Devon, United Kingdom Many Computed Tomography (CT) exams necessitate the use of intravenous injection of contrast media, to make specific organs, blood vessels or

ECRI Healthcare Product Comparison Chart

Contact ECRI Europe Weltech Centre Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 2AA, United Kingdom [email protected] WWW.ECRI.ORG.UK   ECRI is a totally independent non profit research agency designated as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO). Such organisations are appointed to contribute to WHO’s public health mission by providing specialised

Country Focus: Imaging in Hungary

Assessing Today’s Challenges Author Dr. Ivan Golub President of Association of Hungarian Hospitals Director of Major District And Teaching Hospital Uzsoki Budapest Hungary Imaging plays an integral role in medical care and hospital management today. Unfortunately, imaging is not considered a main priority for healthcare in Hungary at the present, and the commonly seen issue

Challenges Faced by Department Heads Author Prof. Dr. Andras Palko Chairman Department of Radiology Faculty of General Medicine University of  Szeged, Hungary   Radiology departments in the four Hungarian University Medical Schools (UMCs) are organised around three major tasks: patient care, research and training (graduate, postgraduate and CME). The structure is organised

A Multidisciplinary Approach Author Prof. Istvan Battyani Chairman of the Department of Radiology Faculty of Medicine, University of Pecs Pecs, Hungary   In South-west Hungary, three years ago, a regional imaging research programme was commenced within the framework of the European Development Programme entitled “Management of Human Resources 4.3”. It was created using both

Experiences of a Department Head Author Dr. Gyongie Nagy Head of Department of Diagnostic Radiology Country Hospital Zalaegerszeg Hungary As Head of the department of radiology since 1992 at the County Hospital of Zalaegerszag, I am part of a large hospital with a total staff of 1700 that is responsible for the medical care of a region that numbers 301,000 inhabitants and cove


Interviewee Prof. Georg Bongartz Head General Radiology University Hospital  Basel Switzerland Tell Us About the Background and Origins of MIR. _ Four radiologists (Paolo Pavone, Italy, Christian Herold, Austria, Gabriel Krestin, The Netherlands and myself) formed the “European Working Group on Management in Radiology” (EWGMR) in 1994, to support young European Radiologi

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