ACR Bulletin March 2013
Q: Tell us about a time you effectively overcame an ethical dilemma as a radiologist.
Many times on overnight call, usually while searching for the appendix or trying to find a transition point, I've bemoaned my department's low-dose pediatric CT protocols, which can turn bowel loops into one big jumbled mess.
Statutes of Limitations and Repose
What's the difference and why does it matter?
Most radiologists are at least generally familiar with the concept of a statute of limitations. Conversely, very few have heard of a statute of repose.
ACRIN® trial results identify weakness of whole-body MRI for the staging of common pediatric cancers.
Over the last 40 years, survival rates for children with cancer have increased dramatically in the United States. In the mid-1970s, the combined five-year survival rate for all childhood cancers was less than 60 percent.
CIP Case of the Month
Coalescent Mastoiditis. Submitted by Harold R. Levine, MD, Kelli Y. Ha, MD, Michael J. Opatowsky, MD, MBA, and Brian O'Rourke, MD.
In September 2012, ACR selected "Coalescent Mastoiditis" as the best Case in Point (CIP) submission of the month. CIP is ACR's most popular e-learning activity, offering members the opportunity to earn free CME credit for the completion of each daily case.
Nominees for 2013 Positions
Look who's running for office.
This May, at the AMCLC in Washington, D.C., the ACR Council will vote on the following slate of candidates recommended by the College Nominating Committee.
Rise and Shine
Contemporary work environments can pose serious health risks, so here are some tips for staying healthy while putting in a full day of reading images.
A recent British study reported on the dangers of sitting down all day. Researchers found that remaining sedentary for long stretches of time increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and ultimately death, even if the person in question exercises regularly.
Leading the Charge
The Pennsylvania Radiological Society is serious about leadership, and it's spreading the word.
Each time Pennsylvania's state chapter, the Pennsylvania Radiological Society, surveyed its members, leadership came in among the top areas of interest.
How Can We Help?
After 25 years, ACR Radiation Oncology Accreditation is still the gold standard.
If you represent a radiation oncology practice and want to show patients, communities, payers, and physicians that you're dedicated to providing the highest quality care, where do you turn?
Celebrating 10 Years of Success
The College's scholarly publication has completed a decade of journalistic excellence.
I am grateful for this opportunity to address the membership of ACR on the state of their journal. It's a propitious time to do so.
Pointing the Way
Radiology-specific resources empower patients in the digital age.
Plug in the terms "Radiology," "Patient," and "Resources" into a search engine, and you'll be provided with more than 22 million results. Overwhelming? Yes — especially for patients seeking basic answers about a basic radiological exam or procedure.
Radiologists work together to help developing countries from afar, but could short-term solutions undermine long-term progress?
It's a common refrain to those in the international development field: how do we do the most good in the short term while also giving developing countries the tools they need to improve conditions in the long term?
The Speed of Innovation
Mobile radiology apps are evolving at the speed of imagination — but can regulators keep up?
Apple's iPhone kicked off the mobile device revolution just five years ago, and now there are well over a million apps in existence. Tens of thousands of these apps are designed to either improve or maintain user health, doing everything from measuring blood pressure to monitoring a patient's adherence to certain medical treatments.
A Tale of Two Radiologists
Let's take advantage of the incentives we have before we lose them.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. — Charles Dickens
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." — Aristotle, Metaphysica
There are many parts to the ACR. They include you the members, our professional staff, and our facilities. As you probably know, the ACR represents more than 35,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists.