News from the ACR and Beyond
Inspiring the Next Generation
The second-grade class at Edgemere Elementary School engaged with the ACR on Twitter for help with their research project on X-rays.
Students in a second grade class at Edgemere Elementary School in Baltimore used Twitter to reach out to the ACR for help with their research project on X-rays. In response, more than 20 ACR members across the country shared information and images with the students. “I cannot thank ACR members enough for the support and creativity they’ve shown my students,” said Sandy Bixby, an Edgemere Elementary School librarian. “These real-world connections expand their world beyond their backdoor and open their minds to new ideas.” “Interacting with the students at Edgemere Elementary School was such a fun and innovative way to share what we do and how X-rays work,” said Amy K. Patel, MD, a breast radiologist in Kansas City, Mo., who contributed to the discussion. “As we continue to discuss pipeline creation in radiology, it’s never too early to engage and inspire a new generation with the hope that they will pursue our profession someday.”
Find the exchange on social media at bit.ly/Edgemere_YoungRadiologists.
ACC Consensus Document Provides Best Practices for Ionizing Radiation Safety
A new expert consensus document aims to provide best practices for safety and effectiveness when employing ionizing radiation in cardiovascular imaging. The document, developed by the American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. As ionizing radiation-based cardiovascular procedures are being performed with increasing frequency, the writing committee, led by John W. Hirshfeld Jr., MD, developed an educational resource that compiles
and interprets the current radiation biology and safety knowledge base applicable to cardiovascular imaging.
To read more, visit bit.ly/BestPractices_IonizingRadiation.
2017 MIPS Preliminary Feedback Data Now Available
Radiologists and other clinicians who submitted Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data to the Quality Payment Program in 2017 or participated in a MIPS alternative payment model, such as a Medicare Shared Savings Program, can now review their preliminary performance feedback from last year.
For more information, visit acr.org/MIPS-FeedbackData.
ACR DSI Releases Initial Use Cases for Industry Feedback
The ACR Data Science InstituteTM (DSI) released its first use cases in the Technology-Oriented Use Cases for Healthcare AI (TOUCH-AI) library to industry for comment in July, to generate feedback prior to the projected release of the use cases later in 2018. “This is an exciting stage of use case development,” says ACR Senior Director of Informatics Laura Coombs, “because every bit of feedback, no matter how small, has the potential to profoundly affect both the industry’s and clinicians’ ability to create and deploy AI technology.”
When released, the freely available use cases in the ACR DSI TOUCH-AI library will present a clear path to vendors, clinicians, and patients on where AI will be able to improve patient care.
For more information, visit acr.org/DSI-UseCases.
It’s Easier Than Ever to Save and Share Pages on ACR.org
To use the new feature, look for the “Share,” “Recommend,” and “Bookmark” links near the top of a page. Click “Bookmark” to save for later. To suggest to others, click “Recommend.” To access your bookmarked pages, go to “My ACR,” scroll down to “Reading Lists,” and click “My Reading List.” Items recommended by others appear in “What
Others Are Reading.”
Researchers Investigate Link Between Screening Mammography and Use of Preventative Services
A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® study found that Medicare beneficiaries who underwent screening mammography showed increased use of other recommended preventative services such as cervical cancer and osteoporosis screening tests, as well as the influenza vaccine. According to Danny R. Hughes, PhD, Neiman Institute executive director for health policy research and senior research fellow, “This association may also be relevant to policy-level decisions regarding coverage for breast cancer screening as a key part of a bundle of recommended preventative tests.”
Read the full study online in Radiology at bit.ly/HPI_BreastScreening.
2018 PP & TS Now Available
After the 2018 review cycle, 34 new and updated ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards are available on the ACR website. Highlights include the following:
• ACR Practice Parameter for the Performance of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
• ACR/ASNR/SIR/SNIS Practice Parameter for the Performance of Endovascular Embolectomy and Revascularization in Acute Stroke
• ACR/ACNM Practice Parameter for the Performance of Fluorine-18 Fluciclovine- PET/CT for Recurrent Prostate Cancer
• ACR Practice Parameter for the Performance of Gallium-68 DOTATATE PET/CT Neuroendocrine Tumors
Several of the documents were a result of collaborative efforts between the ACR and other medical societies, such as the Society of Interventional Radiology and the Society for Pediatric Radiology.
For more information, visit acr.org/2018PPTS-Update.
AIRP Launches New Program
The American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP®) has launched a new program to allow international graduates to update and enhance their knowledge in a medical specialty while learning about the U.S. healthcare delivery system. The AIRP Visiting Observer Training Program affords observers the opportunity to review numerous rad-path correlated cases submitted to the AIRP by residents attending the course. Participants will enhance their study of pathologic-based abnormal radiologic images by reviewing case material, didactic lectures, and intramural conferences provided by the AIRP. The observerships are conducted at AIRP, various hospitals, and related clinics in the Washington, D.C., area.
For more information and to apply, visit airp.org/visiting-observer.
It Doesn’t Hurt to Look
Whether you’re looking for the perfect candidate or the perfect position, the ACR Career Center is the place to search. If you’ve got a position to fill, your ACR membership gives you discounts on posting the job. You can also set up a search of hundreds of CVs that match the qualifications for a potential new hire. If you’re looking for your ideal position, you’ll find more than 500 new jobs posted each month. You can also set up a job alert email and have the best openings delivered to your inbox.
Take a look now at acr.org/Career-Center.
Imaging 3.0 Video: CDS Implementation in Practice
Radiologists at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia are leading the incremental implementation of clinical decision support (CDS) across the enterprise. In this video, learn how CDS technology is helping referring physicians order more appropriate imaging, positioning ordering providers for success under impending PAMA legislation.
Watch the video at acr.org/AheadCurve.
ACR Selects 2018 PIER Scholars
Front row (left to right): Edna Wang, Shefali Kanal, Kristen Williams
Back row: Kirsten Schofield, Artraeu Simms
ACR hosted the 2018 Nth Dimensions™ Orientation/Clinical Skills Workshop on June 2, 2018, in Reston, Va. The ACR Commission for Women and Diversity founded the Pipeline Initiative for Enrichment of Radiology (PIER) mentoring program to increase minority medical student exposure and preparation for radiology postgraduate training. Pictured are the five PIER candidates who successfully completed their radiology internship.
Here's What You Missed
The Bulletin website is home to a wealth of content not featured in print. You’ll find blog posts, extra articles, and other updated multimedia content at acrbulletin.org.
The 2018 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in Washington, D.C., featured educational sessions for core knowledge, research presentations on a variety of topics, and experience reports from experts in both academic and private practices. Get a recap on what you missed at the SIIM conference at bit.ly/SIIM_2018.
My Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship Experience
A radiology resident’s Rutherford-Lavanty fellowship in government relations offers him a rare opportunity to experience, first-hand, how healthcare policies are formed in the nation’s capital. Read more at bit.ly/RutherfordLavanty-Experience.
Social Media in the Radiation Oncology Community
Miriam A. Knoll, MD, a radiation oncologist at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, shares some of her tips on how to best implement social media within practices at bit.ly/ROCorner_SocialMedia.