Podcast: Maskell reveals how to stay happy at work
July 17, 2019 -- Radiology departments don't have to be dull, lifeless, and silent places. That's the core philosophy and raison d'etre of Dr. Giles Maskell, who believes that creating the right environment in the workplace can enable staff members to thrive, achieve their potential, and deliver better patient care.  Discuss
Are you drowning from too many acronyms?
June 26, 2019 -- Overusing acronyms and abbreviations in imaging requests and reports can cause confusion, delay a diagnosis, and compromise patient safety, and it's essential to create an approved list of common acronyms, according to a new audit conducted in Scotland.  Discuss
Radiology's error leads to patient death, reports HSJ
June 25, 2019 -- Radiologists at University Hospitals Plymouth National Health Service Trust in the U.K. failed to spot a hemorrhage on the CT scan of an elderly patient, resulting in his early discharge and subsequent death, according to a 21 June article in the Health Service Journal (HSJ).  Discuss
Introducing Rad-U-Like, radiology's rating website
June 24, 2019 -- Rating websites are big business, but so far healthcare has been relatively spared. This won't last long, so radiology should take control and develop its own site, writes Dr. Giles Maskell, who takes a light-hearted look at how it might operate.  Discuss
Cropping of digital x-rays can lead to 'collimation creep'
June 24, 2019 -- Research from the U.K. and the United Arab Emirates suggests that the effort to produce "prettier" x-ray images can lead to "collimation creep" as radiographers crop digital radiography images rather than use more appropriate collimation settings. The article was published in the June edition of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.  Discuss
Londoners cut phone interruptions over head CT scans
June 18, 2019 -- Researchers from a top London facility have implemented a novel protocol to remove radiologist vetting of acute head CT exams in adults. This led to a marked and sustained reduction in the number of phone interruptions to the on-call radiologist, without increasing scanning numbers, they noted.  Discuss
Video from UKIO 2019: Giles Maskell on conflict
June 12, 2019 -- LIVERPOOL, U.K. - Perfect harmony doesn't always prevail in a radiology department. Dr. Giles Maskell, immediate past president of the Royal College of Radiologists, spoke at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO) about managing differences within a team. We asked him how he keeps the peace in his own hospital.  Discuss
Instability leads to serious ultrasound skills shortage in U.K.
June 11, 2019 -- Continuous personnel changes are a major factor behind the serious shortage of ultrasound staff in the National Health Service, a situation that has resulted in increased diagnostic delays and canceling of operations, according to research presented this week at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO) in Liverpool, U.K.  Discuss
Video from UKIO 2019: Erika Denton on turnaround times
June 10, 2019 -- LIVERPOOL, U.K. - Pressure to improve turnaround times for image reporting continues to grow. Nearly a year since a damning report from the U.K. regulator, progress is being made on establishing national standards and avoiding further backlogs of unreported scans, said Prof. Erika Denton at this week's UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO).  Discuss
Shortage of radiologists puts lives at risk, U.K. report finds
April 3, 2019 -- New figures reveal the continuing shortage of radiologists in the U.K. is putting patients at risk and driving massive rises in outsourcing costs for the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS does not have enough radiologists to keep patients safe, according to 75% of hospital imaging bosses.  Discuss