Conferences

Radiologists are no longer only the diagnostician’s doctor. With increased transparency in healthcare, patients are provided with greater access to their radiology reports. Patients are taking an active role in their health—and a flash drive of images from their radiologist simply is not good enough.

The radiology report is undoubtedly the most important work product submitted by radiologists.

Millennials aren't the only ones becoming increasingly advanced with using social media; to the surprise of many, radiologists are also among them.

Mentor/mentee relationships are crucial in any healthcare specialty, and radiology is no exception. At RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Alexander Norbash, MD, shared some lessons he has learned over the years while working to help develop strong relationships between mentors and mentees.

The term “STAT” implies urgency: act immediately. But when clinicians overuse that designation, it becomes more difficult and time-consuming to distinguish true emergencies from cases that can wait, said Anna Trofimova, MD, PhD, a diagnostic radiology resident at Emory University School of Medicine.

Basing research and best practices on evidence is nothing new. But for radiologists to best represent their professions to federal lawmakers and regulators, their advocacy should be evidence-based, argued Emory University’s Rich Duszak, MD, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice at the school’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Vijay M. Rao, MD, was officially named RSNA’s newest president. She had served as president-elect for the last year.

The buzz around social media in radiology has skyrocketed in recent years, with more and more departments, private practices and specialists starting to use using the various platforms to their advantage. Of course, it’s about more than just using sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; to get the most out of these resources, one must also learn the differences between them.

Discussion about the safety of using gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in medical imaging has increased in recent years as a result of the element being found in patients’ brains following MRIs. In a new study presented Wednesday at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, however, researchers found no evidence of harm from the gadolinium being retained.

Radiologists have been working to improve radiology reports in recent years so that they can provide more value and bring significant improvements to patient care. Monday, Nov. 27, at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Tarik Alkasab, MD, PhD, radiology service chief of informatics and IT at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told attendees about the many benefits of building data-enabled radiology reports for referring physicians.

One way many healthcare providers have reacted to today’s era of value-based care is by working to improve day-to-day communication between radiologists and referring physicians. Monday, Nov. 27, at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Andrew B. Rosenkrantz, MD, MPA, of the department of radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, shared a number of ways specialists at his institution are working to ensure they provide physicians with the information they need, exactly when they need it.