Radiology in the News
How do we get a more balanced approach to reporting the benefits and risks of medical radiation?
Helping our patients understand the true benefits and risks of radiation exposure has been challenging. The Image Gently® and Image Wisely® campaigns, which the ACR cofounded, have had success in partnering with the media to publicize patient resources such as the top questions patients should ask their providers about prescribed medical imaging exams. Still, most patients are given little information about risks and few avenues to find more substantial answers. So it was an exciting milestone this past March, when radiologyinfo.org, the patient information site ACR co-manages with RSNA, received over one million monthly visitors.
Are You Watching Your Online Presence?
Keeping on top of your digital footprint doesn’t have to be boring.
“Social media is a mindset, not just a channel,” explained Safwan S. Halabi, MD, at Sunday’s ACR 2015 session “Creative Applications for Social Media in Medical Imaging.”
May JACR Highlights
A trainee’s perspective on the May issue
This month the journal featured articles on price variability, perceptions of radiology in the health system, and differing views on maintenance of certification. Here are a few of the articles most pertinent to residents and fellows. Access the complete May issue of the JACR here.
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
News from the Chair of the RFS
As the ACR Resident and Fellow Section enters its 27th year, we have much to celebrate but still significant room to grow. The amount we have accomplished in only the past few years is striking, and we aim to maintain, if not improve upon, this trajectory.
How Can I Help?
Opportunities for International Outreach and Involvement from the ACR RFS International Outreach Subcommittee
The ACR RFS International Outreach Subcommittee is a young and active group. Our aim is to be the primary resource for residents and fellows seeking information about global health imaging opportunities.
Focus on Quality and Safety
Experiences as an Amis Fellow
Manisha Bahl, MD, MPH, is a fourth-year radiology resident at Duke University Medical Center and the 2014–15 E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellow in Quality and Safety.
The Stories We Tell
Change doesn’t just come from mandates on high.
Quality improvement and value are hot topics these days. Radiologists are seeking to ensure that they remain viable participants at the health care table.
Value-based payments are coming. How is the ACR positioning radiology for success in this new system?
On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law a potentially game-changing piece of legislation related to radiology payment policy.
A Different Ending to the Story of Lung Cancer
For Dan Kitts, early screening might have changed everything. His diagnosis sent Andrea, Dan’s wife, on a quest to bring life-saving screening to patients at risk.
One of the sad facts about lung cancer is that, because of the ferocity of the disease, it’s a challenge to obtain a perspective from patients themselves. So many die before telling their stories, leaving their loved ones to take up the cause. At 10:21 a.m. on April 12, 2013, my soulmate, Dan, joined the almost 160,000 annual victims of lung cancer. The saddest fact is his story did not have to end this way.
Everything in Its Place
One North Carolina practice establishes a business case for structured reports.
“Rigor” is not a word most people associate with eastern North Carolina. Known more for its laid-back, friendly attitude and proximity to the ocean, it’s a place where the pace of life is often a little slower. However, in this place of perpetual sunshine, one practice has streamlined its workflow into machine-like precision, helping its referring clinicians — and the practice’s bottom line — in the process.
The Physics of Imaging
No longer working only behind the scenes, today’s medical physicists are providing clinical guidance to improve patient care.
Cancer's State of the Union
The national cancer institute just released its "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2011." Check out some of the highlights below to find out how far we've come in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Read the report here.
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Let Us Help with Your Job Search
With over 1,500 jobs posted in 2014, the ACR Career Center is the premier recruitment resource for the radiology profession. Whether you’re looking for your first job out of training or a mid-career transition, the ACR Career Center is your resource for great job opportunities. And ACR members have free access. In addition to searching the database, post your resume to be recruited by some of the most highly sought after employers in the industry.
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Embracing Risk Adds Value
There's a simple way to define value: Ask why imaging exists.
Imaging exists because clinicians are uncomfortable with uncertainty. Imaging exists because emergency physicians feel that being 98 percent correct about the absence of pulmonary embolism is not good enough.
A Resident’s View at ACR 2015
Perspectives From a First-Time Attendee
As the end of my general radiology residency and the start of my fellowship quickly approach, I have become more interested in the transition from residency to practice.
3 Things to Read Today
Intriguing links from around the web.
This week in links we have transparency on hospital and physician utilization, radiologists engaging more directly with patients, and more.
The Customer is Always Sometimes Right
Providing quality care in an era of patient satisfaction surveys, Facebook likes, and online reviews
A recent study by radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found a strong correlation between patient readmission rates and hospitals’ ratings on their Facebook pages.1
Take Home Messages from ACR 2015
Charting a course after the meeting ends
As a resident, my time is spent furiously learning the intricacies of our profession while simultaneously doing my best to practice radiology on a day-to-day basis.