ACR Bulletin October 2012
Q: How did you choose your subspecialty?
When I was a radiology resident, I have to admit that I was mystified by nuclear medicine. Residents sometimes jokingly called the field "unclear medicine."
The ACR Takes on Antitrust
Protect yourself and your practice by becoming familiar with ACR's official policy.
Last month's column explained key antitrust laws and why the matter to ACR members. This month, we offer ACR's Antitrust Compliance Policy, which has been adopted by the ACR BOC. The policy applies to ACR members, staff, and the conduct of ACR meetings and other ACR activities.
Measure for Measure
Trial signal advances in breast MRI for locally advanced breast cancer and DCIS.
Results of the ACRIN® 6657 trial, Contrast-Enhanced Breast MRI for Evaluation of Patients Undergoing Neoadjuvant Treatment for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer, reported in the June 2012 issue of Radiology, reveal that changes in tumor volume determined by MRI are a better predictor of pathological response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy than a clinical exam.1
Back to Basics in Pediatric Imaging
New Image Gently® initiative educates the imaging community and the public on opportunities to optimize radiation dose in digital radiography.
Many things in life require balance: work and play, study and application, or even too much or too little of just about anything.
CIP Case of the Month
Chronic Pulmonary Embolism by Ana Claudia Ferreira Rosa, MD.
Since its introduction in 2005, the ACR Case in Point (CIP) daily case challenge has been embraced by members and participating radiologists. Recently, CIP Editor-in-Chief Kitt Shaffer, MD, PhD, FACR, decided to highlight a "Case of the Month," which is chosen based on a survey of CIP readers, who give each case an overall rating.
2012-2013 CSC Hits the Ground Running
With a new crop of initiatives underway, the CSC has never been busier.
Members of the ACR Council Steering Committee (CSC) lost no time in getting down to business following their appointment this spring. The CSC was broken into four work groups, each tasked with specific duties.
Committees under the Commission on Body Imaging are addressing such issues as incidental findings and colon cancer research.
The Commission on Body Imaging is working hard on several initiatives of importance to the body imaging community and the patients it serves.
More Than CPI
Continuous Professional Improvement program takes on modality-specific CME.
Radiologists who want to earn CME or SAM credits often seek materials or events that not only fulfill their practice requirements for the year but also keep them up-to-date within their specialties. This can be difficult, particularly with recent, more rigorous accreditation requirements from states, hospitals, and accrediting bodies.
Turning Up the AC
ACR Appropriateness Criteria® integrated with decision-support software? See for yourself.
For nearly two decades, physicians and radiologists have lauded the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (AC) program as the go-to resource for imaging decision support.
The More You Know
Expand your mind with the College's breast imaging resources.
Your College representatives are thinking about tools and information for breast imagers year-round, not just in October. Plus, with the new ACR website, you'll find valuable breast imaging resources in one place: http://bit.ly/BreastImagingResources.
Seeing Fewer Mammograms
Mammogram rates drop following the 2009 USPSTF recommendations.
The breast imaging community can now reflect on the effects of the United States Preventive Services Task Force's (USPSTF) controversial 2009 guidelines, which stated routine mammography for breast cancer was unnecessary in women younger than 50.
Shedding Light on Breast Density
Radiologists discuss the implications of breast density legislation.
Politics and health care are not unusual bedfellows. Health care is something we all need, which means everyone — including government task forces and state legislators — has ideas about what's best for themselves as well as others, and some have the power to turn recommendations into mandates or legislation.
What Constitutes a Session?
"I know it when I see it." The phrase became famous in 1964, when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart used it to describe his threshold test for obscenity in Jacobellis v. Ohio.
No Tricks, Just ACR Treats
My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." — Forrest Gump
Halloween is not far away, and many of us find our thoughts turning to tricks, treats, and boxes of chocolates.