Tag: radiology

French words for radiologists

un épanchement – effusion
un tassement – collapse
recul  – retraction
un débord – an overhang
susjacent – overlying
sousjacent – underlying
la moelle – marrow
disques  – discs
la charnière – joint
une saillie – protrusion
contusion – contusion
médullaire – cord / medullary
au niveau de – at the level of
garder  – to maintain (radiological use)

Osirix UK User Group first meeting at Hammersmith Hospital

I attended the first meeting of the UK Osirix User Group which was organised by Dr Mary Roddie of Imperial College, London today. It was pretty well attended for such a seemingly niche topic. The adoption of OsiriX as the chosen method to run the FRCR examination has enforced a standard amongst the progressive radiology educators in our country.

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iPad study made front page on Aunt Minnie today

I’m delighted to say that interest in our iPad trial continues. Erik Ridley, senior editor at www.auntminnie.com has written an excellent and highly informed overview article summarising our recent study demonstrating that the iPad can cut it for reading emergency CT on call.

iPad emergency CT study featured on Aunt Minnie: Road to RSNA 2011

iPad emergency CT study featured on Aunt Minnie: Road to RSNA 2011

The Ideal Imaging Technology

I saw a lecture recently at the International Paediatric Radiology conference in London by Sam Gambhir from Stanford stating the ultimate medical imaging tool’s characteristics. I’m shamelessly quoting him here as I thought it was such a good slide.

  • Anatomical information
  • Molecular information
  • Spatial resolution of 100-200 microns
  • Intrinsic molecular signal
  • Multiplexing capacity
  • High sensitivity (pM – nM)
  • High throughput
  • Whole body rapidly scanned
  • Low cost
  • Safe, allowing repeat imaging

Osirix HD brings remote radiology to iPad

This week Osirix HD, the long awaited (a year to be precise) iPad version of the outstanding freeware DICOM workstation software for Mac. The mobile versions are not free, but at £17.99 it is a small price to pay for such considerable mobile radiology capabilities.


  •  Reads DICOM standard images
  •  Query/Retrieve PACS server functions across Wifi and 3G networks
  •  Windowing of studies
  •  Basic 2D manipulation tools (measure, ROI, zoom, rotate)


  •  No native multiplanar reconstruction capabilities (iPad is not powerful enough yet)
  •  No MIP / Volume rendering functions
  •  Difficulties connecting to PACS servers, not an Osirix unique problem however
  •  Not much improvement over the iPhone version considering how long it took them to make!

I will be conducting a full test in the near future and will report further about workflow and possibility of actually reporting from this thing… I have an idea on this!

Radiation doses in CT scanning, should we be taking consent?

The radiation argument continues to heat up (no pun intended…) on both sides of  The Pond. All of the major radiology conferences this year such as RSNA, Chicago and ESR, Vienna had comprehensive lectures and open debate sessions to address the unavoidable topic of radiation dosing. CT scanners have become so ubiquitous and overused by clinicians that the risk benefit equation is being tipped.

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The radiation protection debate just keeps hotting up in America

The radiation protection debate just keeps hotting up in America