CPD links & Supports

Patient Perspective in Covid-19 RSCI Conversations that Matter

This webinar has a panel including a patient describing patient care during Covid-19 . The patient discussed how the delivery of care has changed as a result of Covid-19. For example, partners pf oncology patients cannot attend with the patients for appointments . This is increasing anxiety and pressure amongst patients . Patients are left with of a lot of uncertainty in these times wondering when their routine appointments will be and therefore need a lot of reassurance .

UKIO 1st -4th June

The programme for week one of UKIO Online 2020 has now been published, with an array of free sessions. Starting on 1st  June, the programme includes talks on the Nightingale Hospital and a number of clinical MSK sessions including shoulder imaging, sports imaging, and MSK intervention. The Paralympian, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, will be opening the digital event with a talk on communication, overcoming adversity, and the ‘new normal’.

Link to full UKIO  programme 

Applied Radiology the Revival of Lymphangiography Wednesday 27th May

The Revival of Lymphangiography is an exploration of lymphatic diseases and treatments including algorithm for lymphatic injuries and treatments, discussion of lymphatic variants, outline of lymphatic imaging, and presentation of lymphatic interventions including antegrade lymphangiography, retrograde lymphangiography, endolymphatic reconstruction, intranodal lymphangiography, complications, and future directions

Following Dr. Chick’s formal presentation, we’ll have an opportunity to take questions from the live audience during a moderated Q&A. We look forward to having you join us. Register Here

Society of Radiographers

Advice for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy during the Covid-19 pandemic has been jointly published by the SCoR and several other bodies.

The information is to reassure patients that everything is being done to ensure that visiting a treatment centre is safe. Measures and precautions continue to be in place to protect them and staff during their visit, including asking about symptoms, minimising contact, PPE use, and handwashing.

The one-page leaflet is published by the Royal College of Radiologists, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, and the SCoR

One-page leaflet link Protecting people  from coronavirus when going for Radiotherapy Click here:

IAPM/EFOMP   5th Lockdown Lecture

Implementing  a system for automated  remote quality assurance in CT , Radiography and Mammography Erik Tesselaar, Linköping University Hospital, Sweden – Liz Keavey, Irish Breast Screening Service, Ireland Click Here:

 CTRad UK Podcast and presentation slides

CTRad is one of NCRI’s flagship initiatives, providing leadership in the national effort to enhance radiotherapy research and making the UK a leader in the global effort to improve outcomes for cancer patients through radiotherapy. NCRI’s CTRad to lead COVID RT: a UK-wide initiative to study the impact of COVID-19 on radiotherapy services and patient outcomes. COVID RT is a national initiative that aims to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK radiotherapy services and patient outcomes.

The acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in major changes in the patient pathway including:

  • A substantial reduction in new cancer referrals
  • The pausing or cancelling of screening programmes
  • The rapid publication of local and national guidance on changing radiotherapy schedules, with differing levels of evidence to support the recommendations
  • The omission, delay and/or instances of patient refusal of radiotherapy
  • A reduction in surgical capacity leading to an increase in the use of radiotherapy as first definitive treatment or as a bridge to surgery.

Further challenges are anticipated during the recovery phase of the pandemic. The aim of COVID RT is to capture these changes and understand their impact on radiotherapy services and patient outcomes across the UK. The initiative will not only focus on patients with COVID-19, but all radiotherapy patients, and will be complementary to the ongoing work of CTRad.

CTRad held a webinar about the CTRad COVIDRT initiative on 4 May 2020 to communicate details to the community. The webinar was introduced by CTRad’s Deputy Chair, Prof Mererid Evans, and the presentation was delivered by CTRad’s Chair, Prof David Sebag-Montefiore

Podcast Click Here:

Presentation Slides to go with Podcast Click here:

 JAMA

Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV)An Unprecedented Partnership for Unprecedented Times

Clinical trials of investigational vaccines began as early as January, but with the earliest possible distribution predicted to be 12 to 18 months away. Clinical trials of experimental therapies had also been initiated, but most, except for a trial testing the antiviral drug remdesivir,2 were small and not randomized. In the US, there was no true overarching national process in either the public or private sector to prioritize candidate therapeutic agents or vaccines, and no efforts were underway to develop a clear inventory of clinical trial capacity that could be brought to bear on this public health emergency

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Free Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Book

It gives me great pleasure to announce that, during Covid epidemic, Springer provides the book

Artificial Imaging (AI) in Medical Imaging for free.AI algorithms can be helpful in the battle against this virus.

Furthermore, AI will have significant effects on the organization of radiological departments.

It is anticipated that radiographers will have an important role in implementation of AI; see statement attached.

Book can be found at: Click here:

Artificial Intelligence and the Radiographer/Radiological Technologist Profession: A joint statement of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies

Radiographers and radiological technologists are the interface between imaging technology and patients. As medical imaging and radiotherapy experts, radiographers and radiological technologists are professionally accountable for patients’ physical and psychological wellbeing, immediately prior to, during and following imaging investigations or therapy procedures Click here:

 The British Institute of Radiology Covid-19 Imaging part 3

 5 June 2020, 1330 – 1645hrs BST (GMT +1)

  • Take a look at the past experience and the future of COVID-19
  • Look into the eye of the COVID storm and explore lessons learnt, both from a radiologist’s and a radiographer’s perspective.
  • We will present the CT appearances of severe respiratory failure in COVID and look into how the virus has impacted on oncology outcomes and pathways.
  • Having looked back, we take a look forward to how we might adapt pathways and training in what could be an uncertain future.

Register here:

British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology BSGAR &SoR

Joint guidance on performing CT colonography in the early recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

In the early and acceleration phases of Covid-19, standard CT of the abdomen and pelvis without gas insufflation or bowel preparation was prioritised over CT colonography (CTC) for the investigation of patients with symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer (CRC). The rationale for this is detailed in our previous guidance. https://www.bsgar.org/society/covid-19-and-bsgar-updates-1/covid-19-and-bsgar-updatearchive/ Subsequently, updated BSGAR guidance was published, encouraging radiology departments to evaluate services at a local level, aiming to restart CTC services given the superiority of CTC over standard CT for CRC diagnosis, albeit at reduced capacity given the increased requirements for infection control and appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) Click here:

EFRS Episode 2: Errors/accidents in Radiotherapy: learning from a clinical case

Wednesday, May 20th, @ 20:00 CET

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand how to analyse in practice a radiotherapy error
2. Be aware that several contributing factors and the failure of several barriers in the organisation could lead to an accident.
3. To understand how to draw up an action plan to share the learning and reduce the risk error

Certificate of participation issues to live attendees.

Speaker:
– Gianfranco Brusadin, Quality & Risk Manager, Roussy Cancer Campus, Grand Paris (FR)

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/regist…/6967662765600183563

 Med Rad J Club May 20th: Understanding student attrition

Interested in discussing topical issues with other Medical Radiation Science Professionals?
Try #MedRadJClub
This month’s paper focuses on student attrition, the authors state that diagnostic student radiographer attrition is 14%, that is 6% higher than the average for higher education.

How can we support our students and new grads? What contributes to a positive student experience? What are the factors affecting the high drop out rate?

https://medradjclub.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/may-20th-retaining-students/?fbclid=IwAR2NeahDU8zMAavlwbc-aP9DLQNs2ItqqCohGAGCr0rtW41oER8fx3pO2Bw

 

BI-RADS 3 Mammography Findings Call for Six-month Follow-up

Women with mammographically detected breast lesions that are probably benign should have follow-up surveillance imaging at six months due to the small but not insignificant risk that the lesions are malignant, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.

https://appliedradiology.com/communities/Breast-Imaging/bi-rads-3-mammography-findings-call-for-six-month-follow-up?fbclid=IwAR3CfhVUNEaRqNbpJtwbpC3uqcn7JC1R0ZGX3J9bMz8La5je0Hv7dt4Grq4

 

Immunotherapy before surgery may help treat high-risk breast cancer

A new study led by Yale Cancer Center (YCC) researchers shows women with high-risk HER2-negative breast cancer treated before surgery with immunotherapy, plus a PARP inhibitor with chemotherapy, have a higher rate of complete eradication of cancer from the breast and lymph nodes compared to chemotherapy alone. The findings, part of the I-SPY clinical trial, were presented April 27 at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) virtual annual meeting

https://appliedradiationoncology.com/articles/immunotherapy-before-surgery-may-help-treat-high-risk-breast-cancer?fbclid=IwAR3JQfOj_ziE44mBX61Nj-9XJQyzkWbBU_bb4UTWnwsXVJ_bt8bVL8R_G0c

 

EFRS/ COR /University of Liverpool CAMRT/ ACTRM  / June 24th “Simulation-based Education in MRS/Radiography: a response to #Covid19

Free Online International Conference

With many clinical placements for students been affected by Covid-19 this conference will discuss the potential role of simulation resources to help alleviate this problem ,

Call for papers – great opportunity to share your ideas & experience: contact @drpbridge by *May 25th

 Study: Children with Cancer Not at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Morbidity

Researchers from MSK Kids at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) found that children with cancer are not at a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19. This new research led by Andrew Kung, MD, PhD, (pictured right) Chair of MSK Kids and his colleagues was published today in JAMA Oncology.

https://appliedradiationoncology.com/articles/study-children-with-cancer-not-at-higher-risk-for-covid-19-infection-morbidity?fbclid=IwAR0mbM5EpCZtGCMwXwMm_WQX0ori6RNhZdsD8M0B7kpcRewXFSyuO-OwGPE

 A Rare Case of Recurrent Paget’s Disease of the Vulva and Gluteal Region Treated with Radiation Therapy

https://bit.ly/2y85p3g

Drug prevents cognitive decline in mice after radiation treatment for brain tumors

A study by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has identified a possible new drug that could help prevent cognitive decline in people who undergo radiation therapy for brain tumors. The researchers found when the drug was given to mice 24 hours after the animals were exposed to a dose of radiation, it completely prevented cognitive decline from occurring, and it did not reduce the efficacy of the radiation treatment.

https://appliedradiationoncology.com/articles/drug-prevents-cognitive-decline-in-mice-after-radiation-treatment-for-brain-tumors?fbclid=IwAR2aZ755WgMLXz5LsXdnMI-1vouD8h_lc15foFl76dbZ3GWWnffpYVfRZzk

ESR Imaging

May 13, 2020 | 17:00 CEST

The 7th episode of ESR Connect dedicated to radiology’s fight against COVID-19 will focus on the complications the new disease can bring to patients, as they potentially cause massive challenges in diagnosis and treatment to health care providers.

In an expert discussion with 3 radiologists from hospitals treating many COVID-19 patients over the last weeks, moderated by Helmut Prosch, Professor of Radiology at the Medical University Vienna, they will speak about imaging aspects of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary embolism, and neurological complications in COVID-19 patients. Click here:

EFRS

Register now for the next episode in the EFRS CT Radiation Protection Webinar Series!

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Next Tuesday, May 12th, at 20:00 CET

CT Episode 4: Explaining radiation benefits and risk to patients in CT

Learning Objectives:

  1. To review new statutory responsibilities regarding benefit risk communication
  2. To appreciate the different radiation dose metrics in CT
  3. To consider standardised and evidence-based approaches to benefit/risk communication

Speakers:

Jonathan Portelli, PhD, Lecturer, Department of Radiography – University of Malta (MT)

Joana Santos, PhD, Adjunct Professor IPC, Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra (PT)

moderator for the CT RP Series:

Shane Foley, PhD, Associate Professor, Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging, UCD School of Medicine (IE)

Register Here:

Factors Associated with Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Facing this critical situation, health care workers on the front line who are directly involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with COVID-19 are at risk of developing psychological distress and other mental health symptoms. The ever-increasing number of confirmed and suspected cases, overwhelming workload, depletion of personal protection equipment, widespread media coverage, lack of specific drugs, and feelings of being inadequately supported may all contribute to the mental burden of these health care workers

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2763229

BIR Webinar COVID-19, La Grippe and learning from the epidemic Influenza Pneumonia of 1918-1920

100 years ago, the world faced a flu epidemic of immense proportions which infected almost a third of the world’s population and around 50 million people died. In this live webinar, eminent medical historian, Dr Adrian Thomas asks, “What can we learn from the experience of the radiologists and clinicians of 1918 and how can it help our experience of COVID-19?”

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 SoR Covid-19 nuclear medicine recovery guidance

4 May 2020

With the country preparing to reduce some of the restrictions associated with lockdown, the British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) have released guidance to assist with the reintroduction of services.

The BNMS guidance covers:

  • Waiting room capacity and social distancing
  • Rationale for booking appointments
  • Appointments for radioiodine therapy
  • Patient booking process
  • Radiopharmaceutical supply
  • Cameras
  • IT
  • PPE and patient contact
  • Cleaning

Click Here:

 Royal college of Radiologists

Covid-19 Interim guidance on restarting elective work Click Here:

IAPM/EFOMP 4th Lockdown Lecture

Radiotherapy Physics during the pandemic :Short term changes long term possibilities with Prof.Brendan McClean .Excellent webinar discussing Radiotherapy departments response to Covid-19

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Radiation Oncology Article

First statement on preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic in large German Speaking University-based radiation oncology departments

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School of Radiation Therapy Trinity June 1st

An Introduction to Radiation Oncology: From Diagnosis to Survivorship

Learn about how radiation therapy is used to treat cancer including current treatments and exciting innovations on the horizon.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/radiation-therapy/1

EFRS

Practical steps in dose optimisation in CT

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EFRS Radiotherapy Radiation Protection Series – Episode 1: Radiotherapy Risk management and incident learning systems

Learning objectives

  • To understand how to set up a reporting system at local level 2. T
  • To appreciate the main international systems
  • To be aware of the importance of dissemination of own experience

Recording will be available post event on EFRS website

 Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology Procedures for Covid -19 patients . How do we do it ?

Intervetional Radiology Article

School of Radiation Therapy Trinity June 1st

An Introduction to Radiation Oncology: From Diagnosis to Survivorship

Learn about how radiation therapy is used to treat cancer including current treatments and exciting innovations on the horizon.

Click Here:

EFRS

Practical steps in dose optimisation in CT

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EFRS Radiotherapy Radiation Protection Series – Episode 1: Radiotherapy Risk management and incident learning systems

Learning objectives

  • To understand how to set up a reporting system at local level 2. T
  • To appreciate the main international systems
  • To be aware of the importance of dissemination of own experience

Recording will be available post event on EFRS website

BIR Covid-19 Resources COVID-19 imaging: Part 2

Following on from part 1, ‘COVID-19 imaging: Part 2’  will cover extra thoracic manifestations and also explore some interesting COVID-19 cases from a leading London Hospital. It will look at the impact of the virus on non-COVID imaging pathways such as chest and acute care. There will also be input from an immunologist expert in viral lung disease. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions of the various speakers.

Questions moderated by Dr Nicholas Screaton, Consultant Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The recording will be available on the BIR website Click Here:

ISRRT

Radiography Department and Mobile Radiography on at risk COVID-19 patients

ISRRT e-learning book

Radiation Protection during mobile chest radiography COVID-19

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Image evaluation for the diagnostic quality of a mobile chest radiographs including COVID 19 patients

The purpose of using a standardised process for image review is to provide diagnostic quality images ready for image interpretation. It is the primary role of the Radiographer / Radiological Technologist to ensure the images they produce are the best quality they can achieve. The 10-point plan provides a logical process to identify good technique/ errors. The image can be then be downloaded onto the PACS for image reading or repeated if it does not answer the clinical question

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Aunt Minnie

Clinical features of COVID-19

New details have emerged from the Middle East about the clinical features of COVID-19 that manifest on chest CT in patients who are severely ill.

Click Here:

Aunt Minnie

How to protect Radiographers from Covid-19

Chest CT can be an important tool in the management of COVID-19, but its use puts radiographers at risk, making it crucial to develop protocols to protect them from infection, according to research published on 20 April in the European Journal of Radiology.

Aunt Minnie

Radiographers have found themselves on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there’s a growing awareness that radiology departments must develop and implement a strategy to keep radiographers and patients safe. But how can this be done

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CT Protocol Optimization Webinar Series: For Oncology Image Optimization – Part 2: Neck CT

It is our utmost pleasure to host you to webinar series with Dr. Charbel Saade on CT protocol optimization.

This series consists of total 4 topics and one topic will be presented per month.

Thank you very much for all participants who joined March webinar series.

For April , we are focusing on oncology image optimization and each week we are going to focus on different indications including head, neck, chest and gastrointestinal CT

To view on demand register here :

NAI Article

This is written by an Irish Radiographer Edal Doyle .

A literature review of ‘best practice’ for radiographers when imaging suspected non-accidental injury or physical abuse of children in Australia and New Zealand

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Prone Breast Treatment

FREE ASRT CE Credit Webinar! Join Clinical Applications Specialist Amanda Jasek and Dawn DeBartolo B.S., RT(T) for an exclusive webinar course on Prone Breast setup and treatment. What’s All the Hype About Prone Breast Treatment? REGISTER TODAY! Thursday, May 7, 11:00am – 12:30pm CDT Thursday, May 7, 3:00pm – 4:30pm CDT Tuesday, May 12, 8:00am – 9:30am CDT You will learn: • Benefits and goals of treating patients in prone position • Range of positioning devices and setup challenges • Reproducibility and visualization of the field light • Dosimetric approaches Click Here:

 

IAPM/EFOMP Lockdown lecture 3: SAR vs SARS, MRI and PPE in the time of Covid, Dr. Nigel Davies,

Lead MRI Physicist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS , UK,
Dr. Niall Colgan, NUI Galway Ireland
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar Join us for a webinar on Apr 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM IST Click Here to register available on demand

HSE COVID-19 Venous thromboembolism (VTE) protocol and patient information

  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE) or blood clots led to or occurred during hospitalisation of 6,650 people in acute public hospitals in 2018, 455 of whom died. Up to 70% of blood clots associated with hospitalisation are considered potentially preventable, with appropriate prophylaxis depending on patient and disease factors.
  • Risk assessment, provision of appropriate prophylaxis and patient information is recommended for all patients admitted to hospital, on admission and/or on discharge.
  • Being hospitalised with COVID-19 is associated with a high risk of VTE. Provision of appropriate prophylaxis and patient information is recommended for all people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital.
  • The HSE VTE protocol template has been updated to include recommendations for adult patients admitted to acute hospitals with COVID-19, together with all adult medical patients.
  • All acute hospitals have recently received VTE patient alert cards. Hospitals are asked to ensure patients in all high-risk groups receive the information in these cards. General information :

Trinity School of Radiation Therapy  Online Information Evening

In the current crises distant learning options are invaluable. Trinity College Dublin are hosting an online information evening on May 6 that 7.30pm (CET-1) for Radiation Therapists interested in pursuing online postgraduate education: register for the event here: 

EFRS/ISRRT E-Learning Platform on COVID-19 training for Radiographers

The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) in partnership with the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) are developing e-learning resources on COVID-19 for medical imaging radiographers across the world that are caring for our patients as frontline staff. This material will be free of charge and can be access starting on Wednesday 22nd April at https://www.elearning.isrrt.org.

Just click on the on the COVID e-learning button found on the front homepage of the ISRRT website. Here you will eLearning materials with emphasis on mobile chest radiography. We appreciate that many hospitals, regions within countries and countries are spending time to create teaching and support materials and the work being done here should save people a lot of time by providing a single international resource. In the first instance, the following will be covered:

  • Introduction to viruses for radiographers; introduction to Covid-19 for radiographers
    • Measures radiographers can take to minimise risk to themselves during professional working and their families
    • Effective communication
    • Mobile X-ray equipment
    • Radiographic Procedure
    • Radiation Protection
    • Image review and reporting
    • Patient informatics
    • Audit and learning

https://www.elearning.isrrt.org .

Please see attached PDF for more detail on the E-learning Platform 

ESR Connect Webinar 29th April 16.30  AI and Radiology fighting COVID-19

In our next episode of “ESR Connect – Radiology fighting COVID-19”, European experts will discuss how artificial intelligence can be used to support radiologists in coping with the challenges of this pandemic. Moderated by Helmut Prosch, Professor of Radiology specialised in chest imaging from the Medical University Vienna, Angel Alberich-Bayarri (Valencia, Spain) and Georg Langs (Vienna, Austria) will give an up-to-date educational overview of the challenges, benefits and pitfalls in the development of AI algorithms in general, and will present their personal experience in this field. Click Here:

British Institute of Radiology BIR

BIR have created two handy covid-19 advice sheets with specific cases and examples from the presentation below.

Advice Sheets Links

1.COVID-19: CXR examples.:

2. Examples using gradings according to The British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI) reporting templates for use in COVID-19: CXR reporting.

Dr Mary Roddie’s webinar, Epidemiology of COVID-19 and grading of CXR changes,

How to Implement Artificial Intelligence in Imaging Workflows: A PlatformApproach to Seamless Integration 29th April Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to help manage the dramatic rise in volumes and complexity of exams when deployed into imaging workflows. But AI applications can’t help if they are difficult to implement, maintain, and use. The solution: workflow orchestration that can help reduce both the user’s and Its efforts. Click Here

BIR COVID-19 imaging: part 2
1 May 14:00-17:00 BST

Following on from part 1, the next part of COVID-19 imaging will cover extra thoracic manifestations. It will look at the impact of the virus on non-COVID imaging pathways such as chest and acute care. There will also be input from an immunologist expert in viral lung disease and more radiology cases will be shared.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Registration will close at midday on Friday 1 May 2020. If you were unable to register or are unable to attend the live event, the recording will be available on the BIR website Monday 4 May in the afternoon. Please follow us on social media and sign up for our emails to receive the link and further information regarding our educational programmes. The meeting room will open at 11:30am on 1 May. Please login after 11:30. If you registered on the day, you will be able to access the room after 12:30 Click Here

Special COVID-19 Webinar | Maintaining Staff Safety & Morale 30th April

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, radiology departments around the globe are working diligently to prepare and find solutions to safely image their patients while protecting their staff.

For those in charge of these radiology departments, an even more complex matter exists.  Keeping staff morale high while ensuring their protection against the virus with an ample supply of Personal Protection Equipment Click here

MDCT

This is a new on-line , 6-hour lecture series on CT Pulmonary Angiography

Everything you Ever Needed to Know!

Welcome to the computed tomography pulmonary angiography course by MDCT Academy! You’re joining hundreds of learners currently enrolled in the course. I’m excited to have you in the class and look forward to your contributions to the learning community.

To begin, I recommend taking a few minutes to explore the course site. Review the material in a slow and concise approach and taking notes. Click  Discussions to see forums where you can discuss the course material with fellow students taking the class.

Please note this is a fee to do this course Click Here

Aunt Minnie 30th April 1st May April 30th & May 1, 2020

Virtual Auditorium with six live keynote speakers and webinars covering:

  • CT’s role in the coronavirus pandemic
  • Radiology preparedness in the age of coronavirus
  • AI applications for COVID-19 and more
  • Ultrasound for diagnosing and tracking COVID-19
  • Women’s imaging in the 21st century

Register Here

ESTRO

ESTRO has devised recommendations for RTTs during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is in response to radiation therapists from different jurisdictions across Europe raising concerns about work practices during the pandemic with members of the ESTRO RTT Committee.  The recommendations can be found at: They were published as an infographic to make them more user-friendly in radiation therapy departments. Click Here

Lancet

Balancing the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for patients with cancer and health-care workers with the need to continue to provide effective treatment and care is changing how oncology teams work worldwide. “The pandemic has meant a transformation of every aspect of cancer care, irrespective of treatment, inpatient or outpatient, and radical or palliative intent,” said James Spicer (Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK). Click Here

Radiography

Some departments are introducing these lower eGFR guidelines , please have a read of this article .

Use of Intravenous Iodinated Contrast Media in Patients with Kidney Disease: Consensus Statements from the American College of Radiology and the National Kidney Foundation

Intravenous iodinated contrast media are commonly used with CT to evaluate disease and to determine treatment response. The risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) developing in patients with reduced kidney function following exposure to intravenous iodinated contrast media has been overstated. Click here

E-Learning Platform on COVID-19 training for Radiographers

The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) in partnership with the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) are developing e-learning resources on COVID-19  for medical imaging  radiographers across the world that are caring for our patients as frontline staff. This material will be free of charge and can be  access starting on  Wednesday 22st April at www.isrrt.org.

Just click on the on the COVID e-learning button found on the front homepage of the ISRRT website. Here you will eLearning materials with emphasis on mobile chest radiography. We appreciate that many hospitals, regions within countries and countries are spending time to create teaching and support materials and the work being done here should save people a lot of time by providing a single international resource. In the first instance, the following will be covered:

  • Introduction to viruses for radiographers; introduction to Covid-19 for radiographers
  • Measures radiographers can take to minimise risk to themselves during professional working and their families
  • Effective communication
  • Mobile X-ray equipment
  • Radiographic Procedure
  • Radiation Protection
  • Image review and reporting
  • Patient informatics
  • Audit and learning

ECR Update ECR Online  15th -19th July

ECR 2020 book of abstracts will be included in the insights into imaging journal. Registration fees paid in 2020 will be valid for 2021.

ESR Connect

Collaboration is key: how to establish safe workflows

This 4th episode of ESR Connect Special Reports will focus on how collaboration across professions and specialties the key factor in is managing the challenges posed at healthcare systems during the coronavirus pandemic. Two main topics will be covered: structured reporting, in times of crisis an even more important tool to enhance collaboration with other departments, as well as how to ensure safe workflows for patients and staff alike, based on the experience in a metropolis’ radiology department Click Here:

Universal Class of Libraries

For anyone that is a member of a local library, these are free courses that you can do, all you need is your library account number which is on the back of your library card. The link below will bring you to a host of free on-line coursed you can do. I have chosen the following to highlight some of the course available Once you complete the course you will receive a certificate of completion .

  • Resolving Workplace conflict
  • Stress Management
  • Listening skills
  • Effective communication
  • Delegation skills
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Life coaching
  • Lie time wellness
  • Assertiveness training
  • Team Building
  • Depression Management Problem solving skills
  • End of life care
  • Excel 2019

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The HSE website has advice for the following groups of people

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/cancer/news/covid-19.html

BIR Webinars

Date: Friday 1 May 2020
Topics include:

·        Impact of COVID on acute care

·        Epidemiology and current update

·        Extra thoracic manifestations

·        Radiology/case studies

·        International perspectives

For Access to all BIR webinars please use this link  Click Here:

Radiography

COVID-19: A case series to support radiographer preliminary clinical evaluation

The case series provides radiographers with essential information to preliminarily evaluate chest imaging and prompt the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 N. Woznitza Read More:

Lancet

Taking care of older patients with cancer in the context of COVID-19 pandemic

The Lancet Oncology, Benoit You and colleagues recommend prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients with cancer through barrier measures and limitation of hospital admissions by all means, and caution before initiating or continuing treatment because of excess risk of COVID-19-related death in patients with cancer Read More:

The UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project (UKCCMP)

UKCCMP aims to collect, analyse, and disseminate in real time data from the UK cancer centres about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection rates in patients with cancer, and their outcomes in terms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This approach will enable oncologists to gain crucial insights to inform decision making. Read More:

American Society of Radiologic Technologists ASRT

Medical Emergencies in the Imaging Department

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists is the premier professional association of people working in medical imaging and radiation therapy Click Here:

ASRT Infection Control in Radiology

ASRT is providing resources to help radiologic technologists and students during the COVID-19 health crisis. The ASRT Live recording “Infection Control in Radiology” by Kori Stewart, MHS, R.T.(R)(CT), CIIP, Click Here:

Radiography and Medical Radiation Science

Free webinar’s  – Early detection and clear diagnosis play an important role to improve survival and prevent premature #cancer deaths.

Dr Charbel Saade, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences – Medical Imaging Sciences Program, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, covers a series of topics about CT optimization techniques in the field of Oncology.

LIVE Webinars*
15 April – Neck CT
22 April – Chest CT
29 April – Gastrointestinal CT

*Webinars are for healthcare professionals only Click Here:

Applied Radiation Oncology

Oncologists highlight key cancer patient, COVID-19 concerns

The number of COVID-19 cases are expected to continue to grow across the globe in the upcoming months and that means more people will have to take extra measures to help protect themselves and reduce the transmission of the disease.  This is particularly important for people with cancer, whose immune systems have often been weakened by their cancer treatments. Click Here:

Multidisciplinary Recommendations Released for Breast Cancer Patient Care During COVID-19

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centres (NAPBC), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons, and the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) have released new joint recommendations for prioritization, treatment and triage of breast cancer patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click Here:

Elsevier

Elsevier has enabled open access to all health care staff in Ireland to 37 clinical skills via their e-Learning platform. This is particularly useful for health care professionals returning to work or for those taking up different roles during COVID-19.
They are available from  Click Here   No login is required.

Royal College of Surgeons in  Ireland RCSI
As part of their suite of resources, the RCSI Institute of Leadership, in partnership with the HSE, is hosting a 30-minute webinar series twice a week, entitled Conversations that matter.

These conversational webinars aim to create dialogue and honest exchange on the current issues faced by the system and those working in it. Healthcare professionals dealing with the challenges presented by COVID-19 will share their insights and learnings during this rapidly evolving crisis situation. These webinars are free to attend and take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm.

RSCI Ethics in Covid-19 Webinar

This webinar looks at the ethical considerations of caring for Covid-19 patients . The panel discussed the impact on you as a person and taking into consideration the risk for healthcare staff families, impact on your professional role and then the duty to provide the best possible care to your patients. The panel recognised the accelerated learning environment and the need to adapt to this environment .

Other webinar’s available on demand are “PPE impacting how we communicate “ and “, ICU, ethical decision making and COVID-19”

RSCI Leading with EQ: Optimism – Dr Mary Collins

Dr Mary Collins deliver this short almost 4-minute video on the importance of Optimism . Optimism as Dr Collins explains is essential in adverse situations . People high in optimism can look at positive aspects at life , seek opportunities and bounce back after defeat . One important take home note from this video was  this message . Take key learning from each day and engage in reflective learning in a reflective journal to help  gain insight and de-construct difficult experiences you may have encountered during that day .  Before bed each day for 14 days focus on three things you can be grateful for in that day , focus on your strengths and value’s.  Conversation that matter’s link

Heads of European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities

Building our relationship with HERCA

The EFRS are pleased to confirm that we are progressing our relationship at the European level with HERCA.

Jonathan McNulty, President EFRS would like to bring to your attention three HERCA publications below:

  1. The process of CT dose optimisation through education and training and role of CT Manufacturers (2014) Read More:
  2. Addendum to HERCA CT Position paper The process of CT dose optimisation through education and training and the role of the manufacturers (2015). This addendum includes input from the EFRS Read More:
  3. HERCA Position Paper: Clinical Audit in medical Radiological practices (2019) Read More:

GE Health Care

New online tool to help better recognise early signs of COVID-19 available via GE link . Read full article

GE Clinical case on the use of contrast injection in CT scan in COVID  Read full article

Applied Radiology Webinar COVID-19 Radiology Response: A View from the Trenches

Thursday, April 16, 2020 7pm

This is available live or on demand Click on the link

Edward Steiner, MD, FACR Chairman of Imaging & Radiation Oncology WellSpan York Hospital and Gopal Punjabi, MD Chief of Radiology ,Hennepin County Medical Centre

COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of healthcare today; from those on the frontlines in the ER to every specialist, who must still see and treat their patients. This is no different for radiology and radiation oncology. In this special webinar dedicated to best practices in an age of COVID-19, two well respected physicians from busy community hospitals in the heart of America will share their insights and lessons learned over the last few weeks, as they’ve worked tirelessly with their colleagues to prepare their departments for this very real pandemic.

JAMA

Article on the baseline Characteristics and Outcomes of 1591 Patients Infected With SARS-CoV-2 Admitted to ICUs of the Lombardy Region, Italy Read More

University of Sydney

Publication on behalf of Prof. Brennan, University of Sydney, CEO, DetectED-X and Prof. Stuart Grieve, University of Sydney. In this webinar, Prof. Brennan & Prof. Grieve presented CovED (from University of Sydney start-up DetectED-X) a world-first virtual clinical environment that provides intelligent education on COVID-19 appearances to radiologists across all developing and developed countries

https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/03/30/world-first-tool-to-improve-covid-19-diagnosis-free-and-online.html

Cochrane

How effective is quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The review summarises evidence available from modelling studies that show how quarantining affects the spread of COVID-19. The studies included in the review consistantly conclude that quarantine can play a role in controlling the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Read More:

World Health Organisation www.who.int 

Interim guidance: Global surveillance for human infection with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Read More

Interim guidance: Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected Read More

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak Read More

Radiography  and Medical Radiation Science

4 new lectures updated on Emergency Radiology Imaging Click Here:

British Institute of Radiology BIR

COVID-19 Webinar

Did you miss out on BIR  ‘COVID-19 imaging’ virtual event last week? Do you want to watch it again and share with any colleagues? The event is now freely available on our website!

This event offers the latest information and reflections on COVID-19, presented by Consultant Radiologists Dr Sri Redla, Dr Mary Roddie, Dr Nick Screaton and Dr Nick Woznitza, Consultant Radiographer. The use of X-ray compared to CT for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is examined. The event also explores grading of chest X-rays and the impact of the virus on radiology departments, including radiographic practice. Information on the role of imaging, pathways and guidance is shared and Consultant Chest Physician Dr Muhammed Anwar gives a medical perspective on the epidemiology of the pandemic

Topics and speakers include:

  • Epidemiology and CXR grading – Dr Mary Roddie, Consultant Radiologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Impact on radiology including radiographic practice – Dr Sridhar Redla, Honorary Secretary, President Elect, British Institute of Radiology and Dr Nick Woznitza, Consultant Radiographer, Homerton University Hospital, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Role of imaging- pathways and guidance – Dr Nick Screaton, Consultant Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical aspects of COVID-19 – Dr Muhammad Anwar, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

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 European Society of Radiology ESR

Please Click here to access all ESR on demand webinars

1.World leading geneticist and immunologist Josef Pennniger  on potential  treatment of covid-19

2.Radiology Fighting Covid-19 update from Parma Italy

3.Radiology fighting covid-19 Italian experts share their experiences

4.Radiology fighting Covis-19 Spanish/French experts share their experiences

 EFRS Radiation Protection Webinar Series

(in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Euro Safe Imaging).

The EFRS, in collaboration with the Radiation Protection of Patients Unit of the IAEA and EuroSafe Imaging, are pleased to present our 2020 Webinar Series on Radiation Protection.

The aim of the EFRS Radiation Protection Webinar Series is to act as an additional tool to improve the knowledge, skills, and competences of radiographers in this field. The Webinar Series will also serve as a continuing professional development (CPD) for radiographers. As well as engaging with these webinars ‘live’, there will also be the possibility of engaging with them at a later stage through recordings which will be available for many colleagues, who may have clinical and other commitments at the time of the live broadcasts

The first two topics in the EFRS Radiation Protection Webinar Series will be on:

  • Radiation Protection in Computed Tomography (5 episodes)
  • Radiation Protection in Radiotherapy (5 episodes)

All Webinars will be delivered at 20:00 CET (check your time zone) and certificates of participation will be issued for each webinar. Attached you find the full schedule for the five Computed Tomography and five Radiotherapy webinars.

EFRS Radiation Protection Webinar Series 

Lancet

POCUS  in Covid-19 pearls and pitfalls . This article discussed lung ultrasound could replace stethoscopes in the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which could possibly reduce the risk of exposure Read More:

Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection Read More:

Recommendations from National regulatory agencies for ongoing cancer trails during the COVID-19 pandemic Read More:

British Medical Journal BMJ

First shift on the covid-19 ward

A trainee ophthalmologist shares his experience of being redeployed to the frontline of covid-19 preparation and hopes that it will allay fears

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BMJ

Covid-19: how a virus is turning the world upside down

The covid-19 pandemic is the biggest threat in living memory to health and wellbeing, social welfare, and the global economy.

BMJ 2020; 369 doi (Published 03 April 2020)

COVID-19 Clinical Update Webinar

Questions about testing, chloroquine toxicity, duration of immunity and reinfection, and what to expect next are gripping the US as the novel coronavirus spreads. JAMA Associate Editor Preeti Malani, MD, professor of medicine and Chief Health Officer at the University of Michigan, discusses recent developments in a live conversation with JAMA Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner. Originally streamed on April 6, 2020 Read More:

International Long-Term Care Policy Network ILTC

This site contains articles, guidance and resources to support those involved in Long-Term care during the COVID-19 outbreak, from any countries. Posts are added as materials are received and categorised by topic and country. A summary of the measures identified, internationally, to reduce the impact of COVID19 on people with care and support needs is available Click Here:

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine CEBM

Supporting people with long term conditions (LTCs) during national emergencies Click Here: