Private radiology practices band together to raise $800,000 for imaging research

A group of private radiology practices has banded together to raise $800,000 in funds for imaging research, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Strategic Radiology said the money is going toward RSNA’s Research and Education Foundation, underwriting 20 annual research grants. This year’s $30,000 award has been granted to a University of California, San Diego, team who will explore the use of electronic clinical decision support alerts to bolster surveillance of patients at risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma.

“In achieving this goal, the [Strategic Radiology] membership demonstrates that independent, privately owned radiology practices can achieve great things if they work together,” Chairman and CEO Arl Van Moore Jr, MD, said in a statement.

Radiology resident Julie An, MD, will lead the multidisciplinary team at USSD, who hope to use low-cost methods to improve HCC outcomes among high-risk patients. Moore called the research project “well-timed,” and said it has the potential “to benefit patients that all of our practices and hospital partners care for.”

Based in Palmetto, Florida, SR is a coalition of almost 30 independent imaging practices, representing more than 1,300 radiologists.