Ronald J. Boucher, MD
Q: How does your practice demonstrate the principles of Imaging 3.0™?
As a battlefield radiologist in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I was privileged to serve as chief of radiology on a multinational and multidisciplinary team. Serving during a war reinforced to me how critical Imaging 3.0 principles are to the success of health care. Our radiologists inserted themselves at the beginning of the care process for trauma patients, determining whether the patient needed to go directly to the operating room or get further CT evaluations.
We also worked hand in hand with surgeons, performing angiograms while the surgeon was working — which, to my knowledge, had never been done in a wartime environment.
Radiologists need to create and embrace opportunities to get out of the sandbox and jump into action, thereby creating and validating our value. By serving as physician leaders and stepping up, we can become integral in molding hospital policies, improving patient experiences, and optimizing multidisciplinary care. We must purposefully create an environment in which radiologists are valued as essential team physicians rather than dispensable commodities.
"We must purposefully create an environment in which radiologists are valued as essential team physicians rather than dispensable commodities."
— Ronald J. Boucher, MD
Portland VA Healthcare system, where I currently serve, is unique in that over 35 percent of physicians within the department are veterans. Our radiologists live out Imaging 3.0’s patient-centric concepts by volunteering for non-RVU activities, and the department provides protected time to make this possible. These contributions include participating in hospital committ ees, clinical teaching, clinical rounds, quality and safety initiatives, multi-disciplinary conferences, and tumor boards. We are grateful to be integral to improved patient-centered care. It is one way we are remembering our identity beyond radiologists — we are physicians.