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State of affairs of hybrid imaging in Europe: two multi-national surveys from 2017
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
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2019 (English)In: Insight into Imaging, ISSN 1869-4101, E-ISSN 1869-4101, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To assess the current state of hybrid imaging in Europe with respect to operations, reading and reporting, as well as qualification and training.

Methods: The first survey (LOCAL) was sent to the heads of the departments of radiology and nuclear medicine in Europe in 2017, including 15 questions regarding the organisation of hybrid imaging operations, reporting strategies for PET/CT and the existence of relevant training programmes. The second survey (NATIONAL) consisted of 10 questions and was directed to the national ministries of health of 37 European countries addressing combined training options in radiology and nuclear medicine.

Results: In the LOCAL survey, 61 valid responses from 26 European countries were received. In almost half of the institutions, hybrid imaging was performed within a single department, mainly in nuclear medicine departments (31%). In half of the centres (51%), PET/CT reports were performed jointly, while in 20% of the centres, reporting was performed by nuclear medicine physicians. Radiologists were responsible for presenting hybrid imaging results in clinical boards in 34% of responding sites. Integrated hybrid imaging training was available in 41% sites. In the NATIONAL survey, responses from 34 countries were received and demonstrated a heterogeneous landscape of official training possibilities in radiology and nuclear medicine with limited opportunities for additional qualifications in hybrid imaging.

Conclusions: The results of these surveys demonstrate a notable heterogeneity in the current practice of hybrid imaging throughout Europe. This heterogeneity exists despite the general consensus that strong professional cooperation is required in order to ensure high clinical quality and to strengthen the clinical role of hybrid imaging.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 10, no 1, article id 57
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Hybrid imaging, Survey, PET, CT, Training, Procedures
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159856DOI: 10.1186/s13244-019-0741-7ISI: 000468757300003PubMedID: 31115706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159856DiVA, id: diva2:1322275
Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved

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