ACR Bulletin January 2019


News from the ACR and Beyond

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Inspiring the Next Generation

On Oct. 23, 2018, ACR hosted its first solo radiology/ radiation oncology workshop at a medical school. Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR, and Derek L. West, MD, MS, of Emory University, provided Morehouse
School of Medicine students with an overview of radiology by highlighting subspecialties and modalities. Sagine Berry-Tony, MD, Pallavi Nadendla, MD, and Shreyas R. Patel, MD, of Emory’s department of
radiology and imaging sciences, provided hands-on procedural demonstrations for the students.
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Future Proof

How can radiologists go beyond AI buzzwords to advance their careers?
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If you think you still have plenty of time to prepare for AI, think again. The future is now, and radiologists need to get in the game or risk winding up on the sidelines.

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Final Read

What impact will AI have on the future of radiology?

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An Eye on Teleradiology

Practicing remotely carries legal implications that ACR members should evaluate.

ACR members are undoubtedly aware of growth in teleradiology. Whether group members read from home, groups provide coverage for one another, academic practices provide subspecialty coverage for small practices, or national companies provide nighthawk or full backup for practices, virtually all of imaging uses teleradiology in one form or another. In this column, we will review the fundamentals of teleradiology and assess the legal impact of recent market developments.
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The Art of Communication

The CSC continues to solicit ideas from the membership to help guide the College into the future.

As part of its strategic plan, the ACR remains committed to empowering and engaging our members. Frequent and meaningful communication with our members is critical to the success of those goals. The CSC represents the Council and the Council represents the membership. The Council is comprised of representatives from ACR chapters and specialty societies, who in turn represent our members. The CSC is strongly committed to communication. Each member of the CSC serves as a liaison to several ACR chapters and other radiology organizations. Each CSC member is expected to reach out to those groups on a regular basis to update them on high-priority activities of the ACR, as well as to solicit comments and questions. Through the Chapter Visitation Program, members of the CSC and the BOC regularly visit chapter meetings to update members on important activities and further facilitate that dialogue. And the online member forum — ACR Engage — has generated considerable discussion amongst members and ACR leaders about important issues facing the specialty.


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New Year, New Codes

Radiology has the greatest number of new CPT® codes in recent years.

The New Year brings a new outlook, new opportunities, and new challenges for our profession. It also brings new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes. For 2019, radiology has the greatest number of new CPT codes in recent memory. When I say “new,” I mean CPT codes describing new services — innovative services not previously reported. I do not mean revised CPT codes to describe existing services, such as services that are revised due to bundling or in response to the potentially misvalued initiatives. Among the new codes are contrast-enhanced ultrasound, ultrasound elastography, MR elastography, bone density ultrasound, and 3D anatomic modeling (see sidebar).

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The Journal of the Future

The incoming editor of the JACR® shares her vision for the scholarly publication and its success in the digital age.

Jan Carousel images-03.jpg(Left to right) Hanna Zafar, MD, the 2018 Bruce J. Hillman, MD, Fellow in Scholarly Publishing, takes a break from fellowship activities at ACR headquarters to pose for a photo with Christoph I. Lee, MD, JACR® deputy editor, Ruth C. Carlos, MD, MS, FACR, JACR editor-in-chief, and Lyndsee Cordes, senior managing editor, ACR Press.

This month, Ruth C. Carlos, MD, MS, FACR, formally assumed the role of editor-in-chief of the JACR®, ushering in new leadership at the journal, succeeding Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR, the founding editor of the JACR.

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Moving the Needle Forward

Increasing the proportion of women in radiology will demand proactive efforts to change the perception and culture of the specialty.

Jan Carousel images-05.jpg(Left to right) Courtney B. Dey, MD, Michele V. Retrouvey, MD, Frances B. Lazarow, MD, and Shannon Kim, MD, are radiology residents at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

As a fourth-year medical student, Lori A. Deitte, MD, FACR, chose a career in radiology because it held the captivating aspects she was seeking: the opportunity to be intellectually stimulated, the ability to solve problems, and the empowerment to impact patient care.

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Rules of Engagement

Our ability to come together to express a diversity of opinions is vital to improving the care we give our patients.


As ACR members, we work across the country and in a wide variety of practice situations and areas of focus. We span generations, and our ethnic and cultural backgrounds vary widely, not to mention our political affiliations. Can we really think of ourselves as a team? I’d argue that we must if we are to achieve our organization’s goal: that ACR members are universally acknowledged as leaders in the delivery and advancement of quality healthcare.

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Crisis Management

Within an ever-changing radiology landscape, leaders must prepare, stay collected, and delegate.

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Retired U.S. Army General Colin L. Powell once said, “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help, or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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