ACR Bulletin February 2011

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I was recruited to help train CT technologists at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital and Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp., two rural hospitals in Arizona, to perform remote CT colonography (CTC) for colorectal carcinoma screening.

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Cashing Out

Should economic-credentialing policies leave radiologists out in the cold? Many hospitals — and courts — say 'yes.'cashing out

A recent court decision has raised visibility of the legal and ethical debate about economic credentialing.

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Growing Possibilities

Amidst a busy year for breast imagers, the SBI continues to flourish.growing possibilities

While tremendous strides have been made in breast-cancer research and treatment during the past decade, squaring off against the disease is not an easy feat.

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Paying Tributepaying tribute

Rarely does a physician impact his or her specialty with the degree of passion and dedication demonstrated by Jerome F. Wiot, M.D., FACR, throughout his career. Despite his passing on Dec. 21, 2010, Wiot unquestionably left an enduring mark on his colleagues, friends, and the field of radiology.

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Plan to Pause and Pulse

The new phase of the Image Gently™ campaign concentrates on pediatric fluoroscopy.pause and pulse

Continuing its mission to increase awareness of optimizing radiation dose in pediatric imaging, the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is launching the Image Gently™ campaign's fourth phase — "Pause and Pulse," which focuses on diagnostic fluoroscopic procedures.

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CMS Finalizes Payment Reductionspayment reduction

In the Final Rule for the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the CMS finalized its proposals for reduced Medicare payments for imaging services discussed in the notice of proposed rule making.

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Gender Gap

Why aren't more female medical students entering radiology?gender gap

Women account for 74 percent of OB/GYN residents, 64 percent of pediatric residents, and 50 percent of family medicine residents. Why then are only 25 percent of radiology residents female?

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Relief Within Reach

Bringing imaging to medically underserved populations doesn't always require a passport.relief within reach

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the "majority of the world's population is denied adequate access to safe and appropriate medical devices." However, many don't realize that these underserved communities are not limited to developing nations — they can be just miles away.

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Invested in Improvement

What motivates ACR clinical research trial volunteers and leaders?invested in improvement

Members of the radiation oncology and radiology communities volunteer countless hours to carry out trials supported by ACR's Clinical Research Center.

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Leaders Among Us

The College bestows its highest honors on today's bold pioneers of imaging.leaders among us

A leader is defined as one who influences others to achieve a common goal. In medicine, leadership requires a blend of skill, inner drive, passion, and commitment to the greater good.

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Head of the Class

Radiology is constantly changing, making education a must regardless of your career stage.head of the class

Radiologists today face mounting pressures, including increased self-referrals, reimbursement contingencies, and patients' fears about radiation safety. As a result, imagers undoubtedly realize that their highly competitive specialty is rapidly changing and requires advanced skills and training.

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Expressions of Gratitude

The ACR highlights the practices of its dedicated leaders.expressions of gratitude

In the October 2010 ACR Bulletin, John A. Patti, M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, introduced a new initiative, the ACR Leadership Support Recognition Program, which recognizes the practices of leaders within the College.

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Recognizing the Gold in Our Midstrecognize the gold

Professional careers are defined by myriad events and experiences that occur over a course of time that spans generations. Average practitioners of family medicine often care for the grandchildren of the patients who entered their offices at the outset of their careers.

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