ACR Bulletin October 2013
Q: What was your most memorable AMCLC experience?
While serving as president of the Colorado Radiological Society, I attended my first AMCLC on September 11, 2001, in San Francisco. Feeling horrified in the wake of the terrorist attacks, like everyone else that day, the attendees didn't know what to do.
Don't Just Fight the Law, Change It!
Radiologists have learned to use the legislative system to counteract unfair court rulings.
In the July 2013 Bulletin column entitled "If You Fought the Law," we discussed how and why the College decided not to bring a lawsuit against the federal government over the method and information used to justify reductions in reimbursement for some types of medical imaging.
Radiologists get a lesson in conveying empathy to patients.
Imagine your 6-month-old patient's parents are anxiously waiting in the next room. Ultrasound images confirm a tumor in their son's liver. Now you must convey the bad news.
Diversity 3.0: Are We There Yet?
As our new commission ramps up its efforts, there is plenty of work ahead.
In an ever changing world, diversity and inclusion become critical components of success in a global economic context.
How will you commemorate this year's International Day of Radiology?
November is just around the corner, and with it comes a chance for all radiologists to celebrate.
Recognition for Radiology
Top-quality radiology teams receive recognition for outstanding diagnostic imaging and patient care.
In this age of profound changes in health-care delivery models, radiologists must find new strategies for demonstrating their value and staying viable. A new addition to the Imaging 3.0™ toolkit is the ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE™) achievement.
At one medical school, radiologists are adding value throughout students' education and reinforcing the radiologist's central role in patient care.
When Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine was established in 2008, the administration approached its curriculum in an unorthodox way.
A Second Look
Vasa Previa with Succenturiate Placenta. Submitted by Gavin B. Gore, MD, and Nadia J. Khati, MD.
The most popular Case in Point (CIP) submission of December 2012, as chosen by CIP users, was "Vasa Previa with Succenturiate Placenta." The month's highest-rated case explores the evaluation of a 32-year-old woman who presented with second trimester bleeding.
A Haunting Proposition
Radiologists who ignore programs designed to help them transition from volume- to value-based care do so at their own peril; here are four areas to look out for in the coming year.
The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said, "There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is." Never has this saying been more accurate than when applied to the way some physicians have reacted to changes occurring in medicine.
Experts from ACR's Clinical Research Center discuss their efforts to improve the outcomes and quality of life of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
ACR's clinical research efforts bring together physicians throughout the medical community in search of new tools in the fight against breast cancer. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Bulletin spoke with ACRIN and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG®) breast cancer leadership about trials, results, and the future of breast cancer research.
Breast Imaging in a New Dimension
Tomosynthesis is gaining popularity among breast imaging specialists. Will it overtake mammography?
New technology always causes a splash in its particular community. In breast imaging, tomosynthesis (tomo) is creating ripples.
Radiologists are working to increase access to life-saving breast imaging in nations throughout the world.
When it comes to breast cancer, the difference between access to screening and treatment resources from one nation to another can be striking. The Bulletin caught up with three radiologists working in countries across the globe to explore efforts to increase imaging, understand cultural barriers, and cut breast cancer rates.
RadiologyInfo.org, Approaching 15 and Going Strong!
"One of the things I realized...is how few success stories there are in websites or products or businesses that exist primarily for an altruistic purpose." — Andrew Mason, founder and former CEO of Groupon
Last month in this column I told you about a new website, RadiologyCentral.org, created by the ACR and the Intersociety Committee. Now I want to focus on a tremendous success story of collaboration between the ACR and RSNA in the form of a patient-education website: www.RadiologyInfo.org.
Radiologists nationwide breathe life into Imaging 3.0™.
Imaging 3.0™ was launched at the 2013 AMCLC as a way for radiologists to demonstrate their value in the new health-care world. Now, five months later, where are we in telling and living this important story?