Dear readers, Teleradiology is now well-established as an integral part of the working of many radiology departments throughout the world. It has a number of advantages, including the provision of reporting services to sparsely populated areas, outof- hours teleradiology reporting services, which is used by most radiological practices in the USA, obtaining subspecialist advice and reports, consultation o

Association News

Dear readers, It is my pleasure to introduce you to the annual Management in Radiology (MIR) 2007 conference, which will be held in the beautiful university town of Oxford, England this year from the afternoon of Wednesday 10th October until 13:30 on Saturday 13th October.We look forward to seeing as many radiologists, other clinical imagers, managers, radiographers, IT specialists, engineers and other i

10th Annual Management in Radiology (MIR) Congress 2007 Register Online at www.mir-online.org to Join an International Pool of Experts Sharing Management Knowledge and Experience! The 10th annual edition of the Management In Radiology (MIR) congress will be held this year in Oxford, UK from October 10 - 13, 2007, led by new Chairperson Dr Nicola Strickland. This unique platform, initiated to addr

EU News

Author Dervla Gleeson Managing Editor IMAGING Management [email protected] The ‘Alliance for MRI’, a coalition of European Parliamentarians, patient groups, leading European scientists and the medical community was launched during the ECR 2007, to avert the threat posed by EU health and safety legislation to the clinical and research uses of MRI. Background of the Directive

Future Legal Framework of Healthcare Must Include Patients’ Rights Author Helicia Herman Correspondent In a resolution on cross-border healthcare adopted on March 15 2007, the European Parliament insisted on the obligation to guarantee absolute protection of health in the EU.The plenary assembly solicited amongst other things, a reinforcement of patient rights and the creation of a legal framework for

Industry News

Agfa HealthCareAgfa HealthCare Selected by Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol in Belgium Agfa HealthCare has announced that the Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol hospital in Belgium has awarded it a significant contract to unify its medical workflow through the company's ORBIS(TM) solution. ORBIS is Agfa HealthCare's integrated Hospital and Clinical Information System (HIS/CIS), specifically designed to manage the entire

Cover Story The New Virtual Radiology Department:Managing a Multisite Network

Authors Prof.Adrian K. Dixon MR Clinical Guardian Mr Philip Webster Head of Diagnostics Central Contract Management Unit Commercial Directorate Department of Health United Kingdom [email protected] 2004, the Department of Health (DH) in the UK announced a large increase in the numbers of diagnostic imaging examinations (mainly MRI) to be performed within the National He

Author Prof. Lluís Donoso Bach Director Centre de Diagnòstic per la Imatge Hospital Clínic Barcelona, Spain also Director UDIAT Centre Diagnòstic S.A. Corporació Sanitaria Parc Taulí Sabadell Barcelona, Spain [email protected] Teleradiology is probably the most extensively developed area of telemedicine.There are no doubts about its added value to healthcare, part

Author Peter Bak VBM Services Inc. Toronto Ontario, Canada [email protected] Canada is currently implementing a national, interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution supporting seamless sharing of diagnostic imaging results to authorised healthcare providers. Through this programme, Canada will realise significant quality of care and financial benefits, with 95% of its exam volume ac


Interviewer Dervla Gleeson Managing Editor IMAGING Management [email protected] Interviewee Prof. Henrik Thomsen Chairman Department of Diagnostic Radiology Copenhagen University Hospital Herlev Copenhagen, Denmark Interviewee Prof. Gabriel Krestin Chairman Department of Radiology Erasmus MC The Netherlands Do you provide the best clinical expertise, th

Author Prof. Leonard Berlin Chairman Department of Radiology Rush North Shore Medical Centre Skokie, Illinois, US [email protected] Whereas failure to diagnose is the commonest cause of medical malpractice litigation involving radiologists, failure to communicate is a close second. It is a causative factor, if not the primary one, in 80% of medical malpractice lawsuits.A survey of American

The Evolving Story Author Dr Giles Roditi Consultant Radiologist Glasgow Royal Infirmary Scotland, UK [email protected] What is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis? This condition was first described by Dr Shawn Cowper in a paper published in 2000 in The Lancet as a disease with ‘scleromyxoedema-like skin thickening’ affecting the limbs and trunk but typically sparing the fa

My Opinion

Interviewee Marcel Swennenhuis Global Marketing Director AGFA Healthcare Mortsel, Belgium “PACS’ rapid absorption worldwide, is not just down to the initial hope that it would save money on long-term film costs.With PACS came the ability to clarify and manipulate images, the advent of integrated information systems and a solution to problems such as the shortage of radiologists in some coun

Country Focus:Radiology in the United Kingdom

Author Dr A K Banerjee Consultant Radiologist Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals NHS Trust Birmingham, UK [email protected] Despite technological advances, radiology faces unprecedented challenges related to the ability of radiology to deliver what the consumer wants. Service delivery has become a buzz word at radiology scientific meetings. In the UK, the La

Author Prof.Anthony Watkinson Professor of Interventional Radiology President of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) The Peninsula Medical School The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Devon, UK [email protected] Interventional radiology, or image-guided surgery, is an expanding specialty in the United Kingdom. In most hospitals we are building a r

Author Dr Michael Joffe Clinical Director Vista Diagnostics London, UK [email protected] A commissioner-based national study of the fifteen key diagnostic tests published by the Department of Health in the United Kingdom on the 18 April 2007 indicate that there are currently 733,273 patients waiting for diagnostics with 141,000 waiting greater than thirteen weeks. The underlying c

Author Dr Elizabeth M Robertson Consultant Radiologist Aberdeen Royal Infirmary NHS Grampian Aberdeen, Scotland [email protected] Since the Scottish Executive and Scottish Parliament were convened officially on July 1, 1999, powers in devolved matters such as justice, health, education and environmental policy, previously exercised by the Secretary of State for Scotla

Author Dr Jolanta Lapczynska Consultant Radiologist Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Scotland, UK [email protected] In recent years the NHS has struggled to retain sufficient numbers of healthcare workers, leading to a shortage of medical staff.To combat this skills deficiency, the NHS set targets to attract 7,500 more consultants, 2,000 new GPs and 20,000 more nurses by March 2004.The Royal Colleg

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