Dear readers, Successful business requires a variety of management skills, but one essential factor is to project the business forward and evaluate future trends and technological advances both for the product range and methods, and delivery of services. Radiology is no different, and its success has been partly due to the far-sightedness of our predecessors to embrace and develop many new and increasing

Association News

Dear colleagues, I write to urge you to attend the Management in Radiology (MIR) annual conference to be held in Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece from Wednesday 29 until Friday 31 October 2008. The local chairmen are Greek radiologists Prof. Nikolaos Batakis, Dr. Athanasios Chalazonitis and Dr. Fotios Takis. We have an exciting and interesting programme already organised with numerous national and inter

EU News

Dervla Gleeson Managing Editor IMAGING Management [email protected] Following its Consultation from early 2007, the Commission now is preparing its action on healthcare services and crossborder healthcare. In recent years these issues have been discussed widely at European level and the Commission has recognised the need to address current uncertainties about the application of

On 9 October 2007 the Council adopted a decision establishing a second programme of action in the field of health. Ministers approved all amendments as proposed by the European Parliament in second reading. The programme is established for the period from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2013 on the basis of a budget of 321,5 million Euro. The objectives are: • To improve citizens’ health security

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ECRI Institute, a non-profi t organisation, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientifi c 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 Institute’s focus is medical device technology, healthc

Imaging Leaders

Interviewee Prof. James H Thrall Radiologist-in-Chief Massachusetts General Hospital [email protected] also ‘Juan M Taveras’ Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, US Please Tell Us About Your Background in Radiology – What are the Highlights of Your Career in this Field? I trained in radiology and nuclear medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre and had th

Cover Story: Managing Imaging Education of the Future

Author Prof. Katrine Riklund- Ahlstrom Head of Radiation Sciences Umea University Hospital Umea, Sweden [email protected] The imaging education system in Sweden is undergoing a transformation that will ultimately exploit the advantages offered by the digital era. Not only are activities in the radiology department changing and developing, but its structure and content is

Author Prof. Juerg Hodler On behalf of the IDKD Scientifi c Directors (Christoph Zollikofer, Gustav von Schulthess, Juerg Hodler) Department of Radiology Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist Zurich, Switzerland [email protected] Lifelong learning necessitates an open attitude towards new ideas, skills and behaviour. In radiology, lifelong learning is crucial. Few other he

Author Dr. Hans Billing Director Telemedicine Clinic Barcelona, Spain [email protected] Teleradiology, a tool for remote work in radiology, is now recognised as a way of adding resources to a specialty in need. Teleradiology providers are mostly looked on as a remote anonymous “black box” that may live up to the contractual standards but is at the same time considered to be “cherr

Healthcare Economics

Authors Dr. Leonie Ruhmann Prof. Mathias Goyen UKE Consult und Management GmbH Hamburg, Germany [email protected] Healthcare’s once-upon-a-time days are gone. Simply being the nearby hospital does not automatically stake your organisation’s financial claim. So, in an increasingly competitive industry, what is the ideal way to market a hospital or healthcare service to consumers - who are often


Feedback Sought for Development of Clinical Standards Author Dr. Lawrence Lau Consultant Radiologist Chairman International Radiology Quality Network Sydney, Australia [email protected] The International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) is a network of organisations established in 2002 with members from across the globe, including America, Japan, the UK and New Zealand. It aims to prom

Authors Prof. Ioan Sporea (above) Prof. Alina Popescu Dept. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, Romania [email protected] During the last few years, medical specialties have expanded their use of ultrasound to examine certain organs: the thyroid by endocrinologists, the kidneys by urologists, and the urinary bladder and prostate

Author Wouter Verduyn Manager Department of Radiology Leiden University Medical Centre Leiden, The Netherlands [email protected] Radiology Gains Workflow Benefits Last year’s RIS/PACS (Sectra) implementation in the radiology department at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) has enabled significant workflow benefits. One of the key cost control issues in the department is, of cour

Early Detection Key to Survival Author Thomas Rohse International Product Manager General X-ray Digital Radiography IO/ Medical IT Philips Medical Systems DMC GmbH Hamburg, Germany Computer Assisted Detection (CAD) helps radiologists analysing images to detect cancers and diseases of the breast, lung and colon. Using CAD, suspicious regions can automatically be highlighted and marked. Thi

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Prof. Juerg Hodler On Behalf of the IDKD Scientifi c Directors Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist Department of Radiology Zurich, Switzerland [email protected] The case-based International Diagnostic Course (IDKD) in Davos celebrates its 40th birthday in 2008. The course is always fully booked. Additional expansion is hardly possible due to room constraints at the Davos congres

Industry News

Hologic Receives Order for 17 Selenia Mobile Systems Hologic has announced that thay have received an order for 17 Selenia digital mammography mobile systems, the fi rst order placed under The Netherlands Breast Cancer Screening Tender. Installation will begin during the course of this summer. More than 50 additional digital mammography systems will be installed under the tender over a four year period.

Country Focus: Radiology in Belgium

Author Kristof Eeckloo Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium [email protected] Belgium is a federal state. There are three levels of government: federal, regional (three regions and three communities) and local (provinces and municipalities). The Belgian healthcare system is mainly organised on the federa

Experience of a Belgian Radiology Department Author Prof. Dr. K. Verstraete Chairman Department of Radiology Ghent University Hospital Ghent, Belgium [email protected] Ghent University Hospital (UZ Ghent) has 1,000 beds in the hospital in total, and 500 doctors. The radiology department is staffed by 22 full-time radiologists and a further 15 radiologists in training with another

Author Dr. Annelies Rappaport Radiology Resident University Hospital of Leuven Leuven, Belgium [email protected] In the Flemish-speaking region of Belgium, Flanders, there are four large universities where one can pursue studies in medicine: Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. I am a third-year resident studying radiology at the University Hospital of Leuven. For most stud

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