News from the ACR and Beyond
Socially Connected in Cincinnati
Radiologists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a social media outreach initiative to engage patients, families, radiologists, and other medical professionals. The department's social media portfolio includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Figure 1 (a site specifically for sharing medical images), and a patient-facing blog. Through these platforms, the group has attracted tens of thousands of followers and bolstered its standing as a thought leader in pediatric imaging.
ACR Unveils New Imaging Appropriateness Criteria
New evidence-based guidelines are now available for clinicians striving to make the most appropriate imaging decisions for specific clinical conditions. And for the first time, the Appropriateness Criteria (AC) will be published as an online supplement in the JACR®. This publication will increase the reach of the guidelines and make the ACR citable, providing recognition to hundreds of volunteer experts who contribute their time and expertise to ensuring the most current information is made available.
Now in its 24th year, ACR AC comprises 227 topics with more than 1,100 clinical indications and constitutes the core of the widely used clinical decision support system ACR Select®. JACR will now publish the ACR AC in two semi-annual supplements, each containing both new and updated criteria.
ACR Data Science Institute™ to Guide Artificial Intelligence Use in Medical Imaging
The newly launched ACR Data Science Institute™ (DSI) will be working with government, industry, and others to guide and facilitate the appropriate development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to help radiologists improve medical imaging care. The ACR DSI will lead creation of a national quality, technical, and leadership framework to define appropriate medical imaging AI use cases; set standards for medical imaging AI interoperability; test and evaluate medical imaging AI algorithms; and address regulatory, legal, and ethical issues that accompany medical imaging AI. "The ACR DSI will create, gather, manage and integrate AI knowledge as these tools emerge to improve patient care," said James A. Brink, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR BOC.
Patients Judge Radiologists on More Than Just Imaging Skills
How patients view their radiologist can be affected by their experiences with related staff and the facility where they receive treatment, according to a physician review study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Overall, radiologists reviewed by patients at RateMDs.com get either stellar ratings or abysmal ratings — there's no gray area. RateMDs.com uses a five-star system that allows patients to post grades related to staff, punctuality, knowledge, and helpfulness. In free-text comments, the most common words are "caring," "knowledgeable," and "professional."
"Burnout is contagious— if it develops among technologists it can spread to radiologists, and the same is true in reverse." – Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor and vice chair of the department of radiology at Indiana University
A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® (HPI®) study, published online in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, found that utilization of procedures to treat chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) in the Medicare population grew from 95,206 to 332,244 between 2005 and 2014. "As a group, cardiology experienced the most rapid growth in market share from 2005 to 2014 for all CVI procedures, far outpacing that of radiology, vascular surgery, other surgery, and primary care providers," said HPI affiliate research fellow and lead study author Anand M. Prabhakar, MD, MBA. "For interventional radiology to play a more prominent role, it is critical that trainees learn how to run a consultative practice, including how to evaluate and manage patients with CVI."
Radiologists, Medical Students May Benefit from Gamification
Engaging medical professionals with strategy and role-playing computer games can help improve upon certain routine tasks while keeping the learners' attention, says Jeroen Tas, chief innovation and strategy officer for health care technology giant Philips. In the future, technology could help radiologists compile critical health data for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care via the gamification of patient care. One game, for example, guides medical students through the application of applying assessment methods while seeing patients without a physician instructor being present. Tas says it "offers a radically new approach [to] how radiologists will see, seek and share clinical information, helping them to provide an even more critical contribution to patient care."
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Fast Jets for RFS
A former US Air Force flight surgeon shares what he learned from that experience and how it could help radiology residents overcome challenges at bit.ly/Flight_Surgeon.
Speaking Up for Psychological Safety
As radiologists report increasing levels of burnout, how can we support our colleagues and trainees? Read more at bit.ly/Psych_Safety.
Radiology's Role in Alternative Payment Models
Find out why those in radiology must evaluate their role in the rapid evolution to alternative payment models at bit.ly/Rad_Evolve.