ACR Bulletin November 2013
Q: What do you wish you'd known when you finished your residency?
Health care is a business, and I wish I had business training! During medical school, we focus on learning the fundamentals of medical science, including anatomy, physiology, and pathology.
Would your practice's corporate compliance program pass the test?
Radiology continues to draw government scrutiny, for better or for worse. We have written in previous columns that diagnostic imaging centers particularly have fallen under the spotlight of investigators and prosecutors (see "Beware of Those Bearing Gifts," in the June 2013 issue, at http://bit.ly/JuneRADLAW).
The ACR Commission on Neuroradiology is taking advantage of new initiatives and advancing the subspecialty.
Nearly 15 years after the "Decade of the Brain"1 (the 1990s), there remains a tremendous fascination with the organ that controls our thoughts, mood, and behavior.
Changing the Practice
Radiology research from the ACR Clinical Research Center takes center stage at this year's ASTRO meeting.
Editor's Note: World-class research from RTOG® was spotlighted at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 55th Annual Meeting in September. Twenty-two RTOG research presentations were featured during the meeting, which took place in Atlanta.
The history of radiology is rich with important milestones and discoveries.
Radiologists might know the day that Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the electrical discharge that would eventually become an x-ray. (It's November 8, 1895, in case you forgot.)
Partnership for Success
Wisconsin radiologists team up with other specialists to demonstrate the benefits of point-of-service decision-support technologies.
Medical practitioners don't always agree with the rules imposed on them by government agencies.
A severe contrast reaction can be life-threatening. Do you know what to do?
Few circumstances arise in radiology departments that require immediate medical intervention. Yet, when patients have an allergic reaction to contrast material, there are definite risks concerning morbidity and mortality.
Make the Most of Your Meetings
How to take advantage of the events on your calendar this year.
Medical meetings can be overwhelming, whether it's your first RSNA or your 12th subspecialty conference. There's so much to see and so many people to meet, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to prioritize.
CSC Liaisons, Chapter Leadership, and Member Engagement
If you've ever wondered how you and your practice are represented within the College, here's a primer.
One of the primary roles of Council Steering Committee member is to serve as a liaison to the chapters of the ACR.
Your Next Job
Finding an ideal-for-you radiology job can be a daunting task. However, planning ahead can streamline the process.
Despite the changes that the radiology employment market has seen in the last decade, the prognosis is still good for new graduates, according to the 2013 ACR Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey, released in October.
Setting the Standard
In today's value-driven health care environment, standardized language in structured reports allows for improved patient care.
No news is good news. That has often been radiologists' refrain when sending imaging reports to referring physicians. Radiologists frequently use language that is either overly verbose or too imprecise, making it hard for referring physicians to pinpoint actionable findings.
The Neighborhood Radiologist
Practices across the country are getting involved in their communities to connect with patients and spread the word about the role of the specialty in health care.
Earlier this month, radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists around the world turned their attention to showcasing their specialty on the International Day of Radiology.
As we await decisions on CMS policies, radiologists wonder what will be on the table this holiday season.
As I write this column in mid-September, I wish I had a crystal ball. Will we as radiologists have much for which to be thankful when the November Bulletin is printed?
Announcing the ACR Head Injury Institute
"Chances are someone you love will sustain a brain injury at some point during your lifetime. When they do, you'll want the best research, you'll want top-quality care, and you'll want local services and support that make life worth living." — Susan H. Connors, president and CEO, Brain Injury Association of America
"The American College of Radiology has formed the ACR Head Injury Institute (HII) to use its skills in the areas of image management, transfer, and archiving; education; research and the development of appropriateness criteria; guidelines and standards to help advance the diagnosis; and understanding and treatment of head injuries," states Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, steering committee chair for this latest ACR initiative.