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RSNA 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016 to Friday, December 2, 2016

Latest Headlines

 - Eye

Many abnormalities missed in clinical practice may, in fact, be detected by radiologists without their knowledge. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School measured physiological arousal while radiologists read studies, demonstrating the potential for a second-look warning system.

 - Rolling the dice, Risk

All radiologists are familiar with the justification process for individual scans, weighing the risk of the dose versus the benefits of the imaging. However, modern-day radiologists may be placing too much weight on dose history, according to an RSNA 2016 presentation by Colin Walsh, MSc, a medical physicist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

 - laptop chart data

There’s a wealth of usable data in every imaging practice, including performance benchmarks, scanner data and EHR records. Building a business analytics framework to extract and visualize data can be challenging, but the use cases demonstrate impressive gains in productivity and value.

 - lung

Metastatic lung cancer has several options for treatment, but ablation should the first choice therapy, according to an RSNA 2016 presentation delivered by Chief of Interventional Radiology Stephen B. Solomon, MD, of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 - EHR, mobile device

With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) going live in 2017, a substantial amount of reimbursement dollars will be tied to quality metrics. Radiology practices must leverage performance data and EHR records to receive the biggest possible reimbursement.

The negative impact of prostate cancer is woefully underestimated by the public, according to Colleen A. Lawton, MD, professor and vice chair of radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She reviewed the history of prostate cancer screening and treatment in the Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology address at RSNA 2016.

 - RSNA Concourse

A Tuesday, Nov. 29, presentation at RSNA 2016 featured Joint Commission member and practicing medical physicist Tyler S. Fisher, MD, discussing compliance in an imaging department, including the commission’s two new focuses: justification and dose optimization.

 - Paul J. Chang, MD

Paul J. Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago, began his presentation Monday morning at RSNA 2016 by saying his goal was to upset “everyone in the room” with his opinions on quality and IT. He said this with a smile, of course, but he did go on to speak about quality in different terms than radiologists are used to hearing. 

 - PET-CT Scan

A Nov. 29 presentation at RSNA 2016 in Chicago outlined the challenges and benefits to using hybrid PET/MR imagining to provide the clearest images possible in “Emerging Technology PET/MRI Opportunities and Challenges."

 - Zachary Ballenger

Teaching leadership skills should be done through a radiologist’s residency, allowing those reluctant to lead to get comfortable and make some mistakes in a more protected environment.