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New Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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 The ACR and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have added tools and resources to the new Mammography Saves Lives™ website to help explain the benefits and risks of getting
(and not getting) annual mammograms to their patients. Resources include a new series of high-definition educational videos that members can download and use to educate patients and providers about common breast cancer myths and misconceptions — including the frequency of overdiagnosis and false positives. A downloadable infographic helps explain to patients and referring providers the actual risk of callback and biopsy related to annual screening. You will also find the latest research to explain why the ACR and SBI continue to
recommend that women begin annual mammograms at age 40.
 
For more information, visit mammographysaveslives.org.
 
 

JACR Adds New Patient-Friendly Appropriateness Criteria Summaries

 
 The JACR® earlier this year unveiled the first examples of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® summarized in plain language to help patients better understand which imaging tests may be most appropriate for their particular condition. “These patient-friendly summaries empower patients to more fully participate in their care, and are already strengthening the doctor-patient relationship,” said JACR Editor-in-Chief Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR. “They also help ordering physicians and radiologists better communicate the reason they are requesting, or performing, a particular imaging test.” The new patient-written summaries are part of a larger effort by the ACR to provide more patient- and family-centered radiology care. There are currently 17 patient-friendly summaries and the ACR with more to come.
 
To access the summaries, visit bit.ly/AC_Summaries-JACR.
 

It’s Time to Renew

 
Your involvement in the ACR is extremely important to advancing the profession of radiology. We appreciate your contributions and commitment to providing your patients with quality care. And we are proud to support you by advocating for you on Capitol Hill and the RVS Update Committee, helping you achieve best practices in patient safety, providing you with participation discounts for required reporting, and giving you access to award-winning publications.
 
Renew online now at acr.org/renew.
 

New ACR Video Series Debunks Mammography Misinformation

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Nicole B. Saphier, MD, director of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth Regional, addresses mammography myths and misinformation at a video shoot in Dallas in April.
 The ACR has produced a series of educational videos that address common breast cancer myths and misconceptions. The videos will help women and their families make more informed screening decisions by providing the facts on overdiagnosis, screening risks versus benefits, screening and outcomes in underserved communities, and other hot-button issues. You can download the videos, post to your practice website, include in emails to patients, and share on social media. Also, consider sharing with your referring providers to clear up any confusion they may have.
 
Watch the videos at mammographysaveslives.org.
 

NMD Helps Mammography Facilities Improve Performance

 
In the battle against breast cancer, mammography facilities have a powerful tool — the National Mammography Database™ (NMD) — to help compare and benchmark performance. As part of the National Radiology Data Registry, NMD allows participants to:
 
• Receive quarterly feedback reports providing comparisons to peer facilities along with benchmarks of measures such as cancer-detection rates, positive predictive values, and recall rates (these reports exceed FDA’s audit data collection requirements)
 
• Access physician- and facility-level reports to assess practice patterns, measure progress, and target specific areas for improvement
 
• Leverage data already collected under the Mammography Quality Standards Act federal mandate
 
• Document your quality of service with an online marketing toolkit that includes a participant seal, customizable ads, and news release template
 
• Meet reporting requirements for the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System
 
For more information on participating in the NMD, visit acr.org/nmd.
 

New Communications Curriculum Fills Important Training Gap for Residents

 
The ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Committee on Education has released a free and interactive resource for residency training programs that instructs residents on how to communicate effectively with patients, families, and physicians. The formalized curriculum, developed by Carolynn M. DeBenedectis, MD, David S. Sarkany, MD, Priscilla J. Slanetz, MD, MPH, FACR, and a panel of experts, satisfies the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s requirements for resident communication training and includes modulebased learning, patient/doctor simulations, skills assessments, and communication templates from sample case studies. Programs are encouraged to
begin using the resource as part of their year 1 resident curriculum to set a strong foundation for patient engagement.
 
For more information, visit acr.org/CommCurriculum.
 

JACR Impact Factor Jumps Again

 
According to the recent 2018 Journal Citation Report, the JACR® has achieved a 2017 Impact Factor of 3.383, a 16 percent increase over last year’s impact factor of 2.929. The journal is now ranked third among general radiology journals. The Impact Factor measures a journal’s relevance to the scholarly publishing community. The 2017 figure is calculated by dividing the number of citations in 2017 by the total number of scholarly articles published in 2015 and 2016. “This continuous high level of performance reflects our ongoing
commitment to provide our readers the highest quality research and commentary by and for radiology professionals,” said Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR, outgoing editor-in-chief of the JACR (read the Q&A with Hillman on page 14). “I have no doubt that Dr. Ruth C. Carlos, our new editor-in-chief, will continue to further this growth trajectory as radiology and healthcare continue to rapidly evolve.”
 
Visit acr.org/Impact-Factor for more information.
 

In Memoriam: Luther W. Brady, MD, FACRDispatch LutherBrady Tux

 
Luther W. Brady, MD, FACR, an ACR Gold Medalist, passed away in July at the age of 92. Brady was revered as one of the world’s foremost radiation oncologists and had a transformative impact on his field and medicine as a whole. During his career, Brady served as president of virtually every major professional society related to radiation oncology, including the ABR, the American Radium Society, RSNA, and the American College of Radiation Oncology (of which he was founding president). Brady also served as chair of the ACR Radiation Therapy Oncology Group from 1980 through 1987. Brady’s work was instrumental in establishing modern radio-oncological treatments for eye tumors and cervical cancer, for which he established new standards of care. As one of the ACR’s most distinguished and venerated alumni, Brady will be remembered as an icon in radiology and radiation oncology, and the ACR thanks him for all of his invaluable contributions to the field.
 
To learn more about Brady’s life and work, visit bit.ly/GW-Luther-Brady.
 
 

Virtual Colonoscopy Appeals to Younger Patients

 Virtual colonoscopy is an American Cancer Society–recommended screening exam for those at average risk for colon cancer. Requiring no sedation and taking only minutes to perform, the procedure — also known as CT colonography — is just as accurate as standard colonoscopy and less invasive. “This can appeal to the many Americans ages 45–50 that the new American Cancer Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines recommend be screened,” said Judy Yee, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Colon Cancer Committee. Virtual colonoscopy has proven to increase colorectal cancer screening rates — and at a lower cost than standard colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer deaths are on the decline, but disparities remain. “Virtual colonoscopy can help increase screening in underserved areas and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer outcomes, but only if Americans have covered access to all ACS-recommended screening exams through private insurers and ultimately Medicare,” said Yee. Currently 37 states require insurance policies to cover virtual colonoscopy.
 
To learn more, visit acr.org/Virtual-Colonoscopy.
 

New Study Finds Decline in IVC Filter Procedures

 
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement and retrieval procedures in Medicare beneficiaries have declined over the last decade, according to a new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® study published online in the JACR®. The study, which amassed data from 1994 through 2015, found a significant increase in IVC filter replacement rates up until 2008, then showed a decrease between 2008 and 2015. “Despite prior dramatic growth, the utilization of IVC filters in Medicare beneficiaries markedly declined over the last decade, likely
relating to evolving views regarding efficacy and long-term safety,” said Andrew B. Rosenkrantz, MD, MPA, lead study author, professor and director of health policy in the department of radiology at NYU Langone Health, and a Neiman Institute affiliate research fellow.
 
Read the full study at bit.ly/IVC_Trends.
 

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.
 
Preparing for RSNA 2018
 
A radiology resident offers some key tips for first-time attendees in advance of the largest medical conference of the year at bit.ly/RSNA_2018.
 
Diversity in Radiology: Are We There Yet?
 
The current state of diversity in radiology and the need for necessary actions to bring about meaningful change were the topics of discussion at the 2017 Intersociety Summer
Conference. Read more at bit.ly/Diversity-Radiology.
 
The Rundown on AI
 
A radiology resident delves into how AI affords radiologists an opportunity to add value to the field at bit.ly/AI-in-Radiology.

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