Q: Tell us about a time you advocated for the specialty.
Recently, I had the opportunity to convey — in person — this important message to Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.): Radiology is significantly improving our patients' lives.
On Sept. 19, 2011, Representative Harper took the time to tour the new PET/CT Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. We started by greeting patients and family members in the waiting room. Our next stop was the PET/CT Center hot lab, which was followed by a walkthrough of the uptake rooms, scanner room, and technologist work area as we discussed the physics principles of PET/CT. After watching a patient being scanned, we reviewed many de-identified PET/CT cases together, looked at the wide range of pathology typically encountered, and remarked on the various skills and time required to interpret these studies. We also talked about many exciting new radiopharmaceuticals on the PET/CT horizon.
My time spent with Representative Harper was both energizing and refreshing; he was genuinely engaged in discovering more about radiology through hands-on experience. We had an in-depth discussion on Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction and looked over the draft language of the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2011. Before Representative Harper left the PET/CT reading room, he placed a telephone call to ensure that he was "on board" for this important piece of legislation. Now called H.R. 3269, the bill had Representative Harper as its ninth co-sponsor.
“My time spent with Representative Harper was both energizing and refreshing; he was genuinely engaged in discovering more about radiology through hands-on experience.” — Edward D. Green, M.D.
Finally, he also attended the Mississippi Radiological Society meeting in November and served as our featured speaker. As Mississippians, we are honored to have him as our congressional representative. As radiologists, we are sincerely appreciative of his time, efforts, contributions, and willingness to join us as we significantly improve patient care.
Edward D. Green, M.D.
Director, PET/CT Center
Assistant Professor of Diagnostic and Nuclear Radiology
The University of Mississippi Medical Center