JACR July 2016 HighlightsJACRBlog

The July Issue of JACRⓇ covers the misuse of the term “stable,” depression in radiologists, reporting of incidental findings, categorical radiology residency programs, and 3D printing among other things.

Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.

The Spine Is Stable

In this installment of the Speaking of Language series, Samuel Joseph Kuzminski, MD discusses the misuse of the term “stable” in describing findings in the spine.

The Radiologist and Depression

In this article, the authors tackle a very difficult subject; depression in radiologists and go through risk factors specific to radiologists.

Rethinking Normal: Benefits and Risks of Not Reporting Harmless Incidental Findings

Authors discuss the medicolegal considerations of not reporting imagings findings that do not have clinical relevance. In this article, they seek to identify four potential criteria that could be used to identify clinically unimportant findings that could be safely excluded from reporting.

Evolution of the Preliminary Clinical Year and the Case for a Categorical Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Cory M. Pfeifer, MD, MS presents a historical perspective on the preliminary clinical year as well as the shift of other clinical specialties towards categorical residencies. The article discusses advantages of the categorical training and how the skills interns are expected to attain can be attained in integrated programs.

Radiology’s Emerging Role in 3-D Printing Applications in Health Care

This article lays out a history of 3D printing and its current applications in health care. After discussing its uses in pre-operative planning, customized prosthetics, and education, it lays out a framework work for further discussions about regulation and reimbursement. Finally, it provides a vision of radiology’s leadership role in the incipient 3D printing era.


Daniel Ortiz, MD is the secretary of the ACR RFS and a 3rd year radiology resident at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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