News from the ACR and Beyond

Jan Carousel images 07 07(Left to right) Sagine Berry-Tony, MD, demonstrates an ultrasoundguided biopsy procedure to Nikka Jones and Kelara Samuel.

Inspiring the Next Generation

On Oct. 23, 2018, ACR hosted its first solo radiology/ radiation oncology workshop at a medical school. Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR, and Derek L. West, MD, MS, of Emory University, provided Morehouse
School of Medicine students with an overview of radiology by highlighting subspecialties and modalities. Sagine Berry-Tony, MD, Pallavi Nadendla, MD, and Shreyas R. Patel, MD, of Emory’s department of
radiology and imaging sciences, provided hands-on procedural demonstrations for the students.
Learn more about the ACR’s outreach to medical students at acr.org/MedicalStudent.

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Increasing CT Lung Screening

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The fight for lung cancer screening isn’t over yet. According to a new study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, low-dose CT lung cancer screening should be expanded to include smokers who gave up the habit long ago. The study examined more than 6,000 lung cancer patients and found that those who quit smoking over 15 years ago represented the largest group of diagnosed individuals who were not covered by screening — about 17 percent of the entire cohort. Further, by comparing data with earlier trials such as the National Lung Screening Trial, researchers determined that adding this cohort to the USPSTF recommendation would only result in a 0.6 percent increase in false positives. 

Researchers Analyze Ancient Hearts

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Imaging doesn’t just provide a window into a patient’s current diagnosis; it gives insight into past diagnoses as well.

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Hospitality Important for Radiology Patients


Online reviews are increasingly becoming popular among patients as a way to navigate the health care industry, but that doesn’t mean the reviews always talk about physicians.

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Certain Meds to Prevent Contrast Reaction May Do More Harm Than Good


Patients who take preventative corticosteroid pills to prevent an allergic reaction to iodinated CT contrast may encounter more harm than good, suggests a new study published in Radiology.

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ACR 2016 Offers Broad and Flexible Program


The ACR 2016 daily program — now viewable online — offers over 100 hours of CME, SAM, and RLI programming designed to provide attendees with new insights on legislation, policy, practice improvement, and other areas critical to the future of radiology.

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Parents Want to Meet Radiologists


Here’s another chance for radiologists to get involved in patient-centered care. An article in the American Journal of Roentgenology notes that parents whose children require diagnostic ultrasounds not only appreciate speaking with their radiologist, but that these consultations result in decreased anxiety and an increased understanding of the radiologist’s role.

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CT Lung Cancer Screening Causes Anxiety


Radiologists have put a lot of effort into ensuring lung screening is available to at-risk patients. Now, they need to help these patients feel comfortable, says a new study presented during the CHEST 2015 annual meeting in Montreal.

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CT Scans Determine How Pompeians Died — And Lived

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A Look Into ACR Leadership


November 2015

Who represents you in ACR's governance? Take a look at the demographic breakdown of the College's leadership.

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New Scholarship Provides International Opportunities


November 2015

Are you looking to get involved with outreach to developing nations?

The Ghesani-Kajani East Africa Radiology Scholarship, new to the ACR Foundation in 2015, awards a $4,000 grant to qualified radiology residents seeking to spend at least one month assisting health care at Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. To qualify, residents must submit a completed grant application by no later than Dec. 31, 2015. 

New Mammography Saves Lives Materials Available


October 2015

MammographySavesLives.org offers new resources to help radiologists explain to referring providers and patients why women should continue to get annual mammograms starting at age 40.

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Absolute Recommendations Taken More Seriously


September 2015

How radiologists word recommendations for follow-up imaging in reports is important, says a recent article published in the JACR®.

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Patients Find Talking to Radiologists Beneficial


September 2015

According to a recent study in the American Journal of Roentgenology, both radiologists and patients benefit from consultations.

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Locating the Reading Room


September 2015

Having trouble communicating with your referring physician? The problem may be that they don’t know where to find you.

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Smooth Sailing for ICD-10 Claims



August 2015

Good news for those nervous about adopting ICD-10: Most reports have gone through without a hitch.

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ACA Behind Rises in Screening



August 2015

According to a new study published in Cancer, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be behind recent increases in colorectal and breast cancer screening rates among lower-income patient groups.

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TBI Consequences More Severe for Women


August 2015

Women who have mild traumatic brain injury may suffer more memory impairment than men, says a recent study in Radiology.

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Speed Reading Causes Errors



August 2015

Which is better: quickly turned out reports or more thorough slow readings? A recent article in the JACR® has added to the debate. According to the article, when radiologists increase their image reporting speeds, they increase the likelihood of significant misses and mistakes.

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Research Gains for Atypical Alzheimer’s



August 2015

Alzheimer’s disease holds a number of unknowns for researchers, particularly the more rare atypical variants of the condition. Even basic information about how to detect the disease and where it forms remains a mystery. But recent research published in Radiology may have taken a step forward in understanding some forms of the disease.

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Celebrate with Case in Point
Happy birthday CIP

July 2015

Happy 10th birthday, Case in Point (CiP)! Ten years ago, College members accessed the very first case, “57-year-old female presents with orbital pressure." Since then, CiP has become one of the College’s most sought-after resources, allowing members to earn up to 65 CME and 65 SA-CME credits annually.
Celebrate with us by reviewing the host of new and unusual cases CiP provides — free to all members. 

HII at Brain Injury Awareness Day


July 2015

Members of the ACR’s Head Injury Institute (HII) attended the annual Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, D.C., on March 18. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Rep. Tom Rooney, sponsored the event, which brings various health care stakeholders, including patients and physicians, to the nation’s capital to meet with legislators to discuss the impact of brain injury.
HII staff discussed the institute’s projects, goals, and other endeavors with members of Congress, booth visitors, and fellow exhibitors. Through this outreach, the HII and other advocates are working to help legislators understand the need for federally funded programs and research.

Trainee Workloads Increasing


July 2015

A study in the JACR® found that radiology resident and fellow workloads have been on a steady rise. The authors of the study analyzed Medicare Part B/Physician Summary Master Files (which aggregate billing claims submitted by physicians) from 1998 to 2010. During that period, trainee workload rose by 26 percent, with the sharpest increases in higher-complexity reads like CT and MRI. While increased workload carries some negative consequences, the authors of the study also believe reading higher numbers of cases can mean increased educational opportunities for trainees. “In combination with electronic medical records and speech recognition software, contemporary radiology trainees are almost certainly reviewing current and comparison images, obtaining pertinent clinical data, and generating radiology reports more efficiently than was historically possible. Time previously spent ‘digging through the jacket’ to find old films can now be spent actually reviewing additional studies. Given such technological enablers, we believe that increased volumes may actually be more of an educational benefit than a hindrance,” wrote the authors. 


Communication Breakdown

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July 2015

It’s an ongoing debate in the imaging community: Who should communicate what results and how detailed should these results be? Now patients are weighing in on the discussion. According to a study published in Radiology, a substantial gap exists between the information patients expect to receive and the items they are actually provided. Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City surveyed individuals who had recently undergone imaging to determine how well they understood the risks and benefits of their tests. The study also measured patients’ expectations of how that information should be communicated.
While most participants were aware of the benefits of screening exams, few understood the potential radiation risks associated with the procedures. Additionally, the surveyed patients expressed a desire to know the rationale behind their tests and receive a more thorough explanation of the results. Patients also indicated that they currently research their questions through internet searches. 


Cancer's State of the Union


June 2015

The national cancer institute just released its "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2011." Check out some of the highlights below to find out how far we've come in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Read the report here


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