Editorial

Dear readers, Much has been written on the management of change across a variety of industries and services. Change is an integral feature of radiology, which has evolved and integrated a number of different imaging modalities of increasing sophistication, complexity and clinical effectiveness. Every time a new piece of equipment is installed in a department it requires re-evaluation of working practices,...

MIR Congress Review

AuthorDr Nicola Strickland Chairman Dr Nicola Strickland, with Prof. Georg BongartzReinforcing the Message of Management in Medical Imaging Organised and chaired by Dr Nicola Strickland, consultant radiologist at London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, this year’s annual Management in Radiology (MIR) congress, a professional meeting aimed at leaders, managers and administrators of imaging...

Association News

Dates Announced for 2008 EuroPACS Meeting Next year’s EuroPACS meeting is to be held June 25 - 28, 2008, Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with CARS. The conference programme will offer information on the latest and most significant developments in clinical practice, research and education within digital radiology, including:   • PACS Planning and Purchasing Strategies • PACS Beyond Radiology (...

EU News

Managing Editor IMAGING Management [email protected] The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is the European Union's main instrument for funding research in Europe. Running from 2007 to 2013, it will execute a budget during that period of €50.5 billion and an additional Euratom budget for the next five years of €2.7 billion. FP7 is designed...

Industry News

Siemens Siemens Expand Vascular Analysis Offering New functions for vascular analysis are available for Siemens Medical Solution’s client-server solution for computed tomography (CT), the syngo WebSpace. Syngo WebSpace allows users to access and manipulate CT images via an internet or other network connection. Improved algorithms and additional tools in the new software version aid physicians to...

Healthcare Product Comparison Chart

ECRI Institute, a non-profit organisation, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research in healthcare to uncover the best approaches to improving patient care.As pioneers in this science for nearly 40 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research.   ECRI’s focus is medical device technology, healthcare risk...

Cover Story:Change Management

Author Prof. Mathias Goyen Assistant Professor Chief Communication Officer University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf Hamburg, Germany [email protected]   The way hospitals address and manage change can substantially influence employees' willingness to commit to the process.Today, the question is not whether to change, but how we manage the transformation in a way that also motivates employees...

Author Prof. Juerg Hodler Chairman Department of Radiology Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist Zurich, Switzerland [email protected] In 2006, the Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist in Zurich treated more than 4,000 inpatients, saw approximately 40,000 clinical outpatients and performed approximately 42,000 radiological exams. The hospital is part of the university healthcare...

Authors Sukru Mehmet Erturk Hansel Otero Ileana E. Gill Eric Nathanson Pablo R. Ros (above) Silvia Ondategui-Parra Radiology Management Group Department of Radiology & Department of Hospital Administration Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, US [email protected]   Concerns over rising healthcare costs have motivated hospitals to seek ways to increase e...

Features

Results from Mainz Meeting Indicate a Need for ChangeAuthor Prof. Reinhard R.W. Loose Chairman Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Hospital Nuremberg-North Nuremberg, Germany [email protected]   PACS systems offer many proven benefits compared to filmbased services in clinical environments. However, have we set the benchmarks for its implementation and regulation...

Author Prof. Heinz U. Lemke Chairman DICOM Working Group 24 DICOM in Surgery [email protected] A recent report predicted the rise in demand for surgical services to be up to 47% by 2020. Difficulties that are already apparent in the Operating Room (OR), such as the lack of seamless integration of Surgical Assist Systems (SAS) into workflow, will be amplified in the near future. There are many...

Author Jason Launders Senior Project Officer ECRI Institute [email protected] Interventional radiology (IR) refers to a wide range of minimally invasive procedures in which radiology equipment is used to guide interventions, such as stenting, biopsy, embolisation, and ablation.While guidance can be achieved with various radiologic modalities, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography,...

How to...

Implementing good staff assessments in the medical imaging department begins at recruitment level. Making sound hiring decisions in the first place ensures as few later difficulties as possible. Don’t hire anyone who isn’t well qualified or who has questionable career history, is the first piece of advice; it makes assessing staff afterwards much more straightforward. One of the main challenges in...

My Opinion

Interviewee Dr Jean-Pierre Pelage Hopital Ambroise Paré Paris, France _ Please Tell Us About Your Background in the Area of UFE. I was trained as a resident and performed my first UFE procedure in the Hôpital Lariboisière, a University Hospital of Paris under the supervision of Dr. Le Dref, one of the pioneers in this field, in December 1993. This is also where the first case of UFE was performed...

Country Focus:Radiology in Finland

Provided By: Finnish Medical Association Helsinki, Finland [email protected]   The aim of Finnish health policy is to lengthen the active and healthy lifespan of citizens, to improve quality of life, and to diminish differences in health between population groups. In 2002 there were more than 19,000 doctors in Finland.Almost 1,000 Finnish doctors of working age live abroad and some 200 foreign d

Author Juhani Ahovuo Managing Director HUS Helsinki Medical Imaging Centre Helsinki, Finland [email protected] Municipalities in Finland are responsible for arranging healthcare services for the people living in their area.The hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa, owned by thirty-one member municipalities, is a publicly-funded specialised medical care organisation. Helsinki city is...

Author Pekka Ruotsalainen National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health Stakes Unit for eHealth and eWelfare Helsinki, Finland [email protected]   The national communication platform is financed both by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and public and private service providers. The platform will start its service in Spring 2008 and should be fully ope...


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