ACR Bulletin | October 2015

Protecting Women’s Access to Screening Mammography

These members of Congress got it right.

ProtectingMammo

October 2015

In August, Senators Keely Ayotte (R-NH) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act (S. 1926) in the U.S. Senate.

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6 Reasons to Login to LinkedIn

How Physicians Can Use Linkedin

LINKEDIN

October 2015

I successfully ignored LinkedIn for years. It seemed like the world’s most boring social network.

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3 Things to Read Today

Intriguing Links from Around the Web

Fall

October 2015

This week, we’re reading about taking extra steps for quality care, and how important CT scans are to the emergency department, and more.

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RADtoberfest Countdown

Top 5 reasons to contribute to RADPAC before Nov. 1

Radtoberfest

We are now in the tail end of the 2nd annual RADtoberfest, the largest fundraising event of RADPAC (the ACR’s Political Action Committee). Until Nov. 1, radiologists will compete in divisions based on chapter size. The chapter with the highest number of contributors per state wins! If you have not contributed to RADPAC yet this month, you only have a couple days left. What are you waiting for? Here are the top five reasons you should contribute to RADPAC right now!

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What does a USPSTF Grade Mean?

Here's the rundown

Grades

On October 5, 2015, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft statement regarding colorectal cancer screening.

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Why You Should Start Thinking About Medicine as a Business

Does an MBA fit with an MD?

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October 2015

Radiology residency is meant to prepare us to become the best diagnosticians within its limited four years of training. This single focus on the diagnostic side of radiology often results in a lack of understanding of the business of medicine.

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Taken to Task

When the USPSTF issued mammography screening draft guidelines, the ACR took action.

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October 2015
Many observational studies have demonstrated the efficacy of women beginning mammography screenings at the age of 40. In addition, organizations such as the ACR and the Society of Breast Imaging have contended that the so-called “downsides” to starting screening at age 40 are overstated. Most instances in which patients may be recalled due to inconclusive findings result in nothing more than another mammogram or ultrasound being performed. Published studies show that anxiety from this process is short lived, has no lasting effects, and pales in comparison to the enormous benefits of catching breast cancer early to reduce mortality.

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Informatics Meets Patient Care

A new video series traces the patient experience and aligns informatics tools along each step of the way.

Informatics

October 2015

John is somewhere over the Midwest, trying to read an inane magazine from his seatback pocket, when his head begins to spin and he’s hit with a wave of fatigue. But by the time the plane lands, John is experiencing chest pain, calf swelling, and a high heart rate. He hasn’t officially finished his trip and he is headed to the nearest emergency department.

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Cracking the Code

The ICD-10 switch presents many uncertainties, but practices don’t need a Rosetta Stone to streamline the transition.

ICD10

October 2015

Some people had doubts, but it happened. On Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnosis coding system, ICD-10.

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Making History

Breast cancer’s history is rife with empowered patients willing to fight for the cause. How can breast imagers continue that effort?

MakingHistory

October 2015

Breast cancer awareness is everywhere. Once October hits, the varied pinks of breast cancer awareness ribbons and products are just as common as the red and oranges of falling leaves. It’s hard to believe that decades ago even mentioning breast cancer was frowned upon.

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Spreading The Word

An online pilot program prepares breast imagers to combat misinformation about breast cancer screening.

SpreadtheWord

October 2015

As controversy continues to swirlaround mammography, patients and referring physicians often struggle to make sense of the conflicting information about this life-saving screening.

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Speak Up For Screening

The 2015 Breast Imaging Special Section 

SpeakUp

October 2015

It’s been a hard few years for breast cancer screening. Despite its proven ability to save lives, the media and government regulators continually call into question the value of screening. As the controversy swirls, women are left with unanswered questions and a growing list of doubts about how to make decisions about their health.
This issue of the Bulletin reminds all radiologists why mammography is worth speaking up for.

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The Mammogram I Almost Missed

Chelsey Fischer decided to have a mammogram despite the USPSTF screening recommendations. Her choice saved her life.

MammoMissed

October 2015

Every person has several pivotal moments in their life, ones that you look back on and judge your life before and after.

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Let’s End the Confusion

A new campaign from the Society of Breast Imaging seeks to set the record straight on mammography screening.

EndtheConf

October 2015
In the last five years, we at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have been fighting an uphill battle to carry out our mission: “to save lives through early detection, quality education, and trusted information provided to patients, physicians, and organizations worldwide.”

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Breast Density Update

Where does your state stand?

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October 2015
To date, 24 states have passed some form of dense breast legislation that requires breast density notification or disclosure for patients. An additional four states have provisions that are not direct mandates. Read on to find out the status of your state.

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October JACR® Highlights

What should residents read this month?

MorethanSumBlog

October 2015

This month the journal features articles on acing the interview, report phraseology, and the future of precision medicine. Here is a list of articles for the JACR® that may be of particular interests to residents and fellows.

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I’m Out of Training. Now What?

The transition from training to practice comes quickly.

Transition

October 2015

Four years of medical school, one year of internship, four years of residency, and two years of fellowship later, I am finally done with my training! Now what?

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 Resources for You and Your Patients

ACR Breast Imaging Resources Page

Mammographysaveslives.org

Radiologyinfo.org

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ACR BI-RADS® Atlas

Informatics Meets Patient Care

A new video series traces the patient experience and aligns informatics tools along each step of the way.

InformaticsSeries

October 2015

John is somewhere over the Midwest, trying to read an inane magazine from his seatback pocket, when his head begins to spin and he’s hit with a wave of fatigue. But by the time the plane lands, John is experiencing chest pain, calf swelling, and a high heart rate. He hasn’t officially finished his trip and he is headed to the nearest emergency department.

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