Dispatches: News from the College and Beyond

February 2017


Host a Radiology Expo for Medical Students

Want to introduce medical students to the career prospects of the radiology profession? Try hosting an expo where they will meet radiologists and learn about the specialty in a workshop format. All the information you need to plan a successful event is available online via the Medical Student Expo Toolkit. Provided by the Association of University Radiologists, this online resource contains materials used for a successful expo recently held in San Diego. The toolkit contains detailed planning guidelines and slide and video presentations for information sessions as well as other materials. Start planning today!

Imaging 3.0®: The Benefits of Collaboration

When a patient arrives in the ED with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), ED physicians typically order chest imaging as the initial step in the diagnostic process. But evidence-based appropriateness criteria indicate these scans can often be unnecessary. Recognizing this, radiologists and ED physicians at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, collaborated on a Radiology Support, Communication, and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™) project to address the issue. Following R-SCAN’s collaborative action plan, the team introduced a quality improvement initiative that led to a 52 percent reduction in inappropriate imaging of ED patients with suspected PE. 

RadiologyInfo.org Recognized for Site Redesign

Radiologyinfo.org's high patient value and excellence in design was recently recognized with a 2016 Gold MarCom Award. The award is a creative competition that recognizes excellence in the conception, writing, and design of print, visual, audio, and web materials and programs (bit.ly/GoldRedesign). The patient education site, a collaborative effort between the ACR and RSNA, underwent a major redesign in 2015, the first since its launch in 2000. A focus of the redesign was to improve the presentation of information to make it easier for the general public to understand. If you haven’t visited RadiologyInfo.org recently, check it out — and recommend it to your patients!

Grow Your Network at ACR 2017 — The Crossroads of Radiology®

The most valuable moment at any meeting can be that conversation between sessions or over a meal with your fellow attendees. ACR 2017 — The Crossroads of Radiology® builds time into the schedule for networking opportunities. Mingle with your colleagues at the Monday afternoon reception in the Exhibit Hall and meet leading industry vendors. Talk over Tuesday breakfast with one of your peers (or several since it’s an all-attendee event) about the hottest issues impacting the profession. Also on Tuesday morning is speed mentoring, in which residents, fellows, and early-career physicians can receive mentorship from top radiology leaders in 10-minute, table-to-table sessions. 

Registration Open for 2017 Breast Imaging Symposium

Register today for the 2017 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium, the largest dedicated breast imaging conference in the world. The course is designed for radiologists, technologists, and medical physicists involved in breast imaging and includes an exhibit hall with the latest technology. Join your colleagues for a plenary session, panel discussions, and a wide variety of focused, single-topic refresher courses. Hear new and original research presented at several scientific sessions offered throughout the meeting. 

Radiology Leadership Institute® Snags Second Minnie

For the second time since its 2012 launch, the ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI)® has been recognized as the Best Radiologist Training Program by the 2016 Minnie awards. “The RLI equips radiology professionals with the leadership and business management skills they need to succeed in their careers and to help their practices and departments do well in the rapidly changing landscape of U.S. health care,” said Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, RLI chief medical officer. The institute’s contributions to leadership development in the profession were also tapped for recognition in the 2014 Minnies. The Minnies are AuntMinnie.com’s annual prize recognizing the best of the best in radiology; candidates are selected from nominations and winners are determined by several rounds of voting by expert panelists. 

Yearly CT Lung Screening Appropriate Over Biopsy for Nonsolid Nodules

Annual CT lung screening of nonsolid nodules (NSNS) is more clinically appropriate than biopsy, according to a recent study published in Radiology. The authors analyzed data from the National Lung Screening Trial and found that CT imaging detected all NSNs in transition to part-solid status, enabling treatment; patients with lesions treated post CT imaging had a 100 percent lung cancer-specific survival rate. These findings supported an earlier analysis by the same group of data from the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. “We think that we have enough data now to say that these nodules can safely be followed by annual CT scans and do not have to be biopsied or treated right away,” co-author Claudia I. Henschke, MD, PhD, said in a press release.

"Go beyond your diagnostic/interventional skills and strive to be a leader in whatever way works bestforyou.The future needs… radiologists with extra skills to ensure our bright future."
— Robert S. Pyatt, Jr., MD, FACR, in “10 Questions”

"As we look at population health and the opportunity to learn from the big data being collected from every patient,we realize that our needs for support, interactivity, ergonomics, and analytics will amplify dramatically." —  Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, in “the Medical Student Expo Toolkit” 



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