Dear Readers, The concept of auditing the quality of care provided by a healthcare facility and of clinical outcome, is not a new one. However, in a number of countries the importance of auditing clinical work has risen rapidly up the agenda and is now included as a quality standard for healthcare facilities. Evidence of involvement in the audit of the quality of care is also likely to be one of the fact

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Swedish Presidency Seeks to Strengthen Knowledge Triangle The Swedish presidency plans to encourage interaction between education, research and innovation by promoting better coordination between these three sides of the 'knowledge triangle'. Of the three points of the triangle, the presidency plans to focus specifically on the role of education.   Dr. Jan Potocnik described the complex role

CARS Congress 2010 Announced The CARS Congress Organising Committee invites you to be part of their congress which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 – 26 June, 2010. The congress is aimed at those who work in the fields of radiology, surgery, engineering, informatics and/or health care management and have an interest in topics, such as • Image guided interventions; • Medical imagin

Eurostat Figures Show Growth in Research Funding Recent figures from Eurostat on research spending across the European Union show a growing trend in research investment. In 2007, the EU spent 229 billion euro on research and development (R&D), equivalent to 1.85% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The EU has set itself the goal of spending 3% of GDP on R&D by 2010; however, spending has remained

Making Imaging RelevantThe 12th edition of the annual Management in Radiology (MIR) congress, a professional meeting aimed at leaders, practitioners, managers and administrators of radiology departments worldwide, took place in Riga, Latvia from 30 September until 2 October, 2009. The meeting experienced a large boost in the number of attendees, compared with previous years, with a large number of local par