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Justine Varieur Cadet
 - resident, medical students

CHICAGO—Overcoming the barriers of faculty time and suboptimal radiology clerkship structure may allow implementation of a national imaging utilization curriculum that may lead to substantial healthcare savings, surmised the researchers of a study presented Nov. 26 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 - chest x-ray, radiology,

CHICAGO—During the Nov. 27 annual oration in diagnostic imaging, Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, in a tremendously passionate address, urged his fellow radiologists to learn more about the patient behind the images that they are reading, and also challenged radiologists to share their personal stories as well.

 - PET/CT of brain, neuroimaging, chemo

CHICAGO—The role of 18F FDG-PET/CT has been validated as a diagnostic tool for chemo brain phenomenon, which may facilitate clinical diagnosis and treatment, based on a retrospective study presented Nov. 27 at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 - question mark, uncertain

CHICAGO—There is a small, but real, potential risk of breast cancer associated with cardiac and chest CT exams, and the risk increases with the number of scans, according to researchers who presented a computational analysis Nov. 27 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). However, due to the nature of the analysis, one expert commenter cautioned against generalizing the findings to a real-life patient population.

 -  Follow-Up of Radiologically Totally Implanted Central Venous Access Ports of the Upper Arm

CHICAGO—Fluoroscopy times for image-guided central venous catheters by radiology residents are double those of staff radiologists, according to a study presented Nov. 26 at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The researchers recommended that the initiation of programs to monitor and manage trainee fluoroscopy may minimize patient and staff dose.

 - Cooperation

CHICAGO—The addition of a PGY4 radiology resident (PGY4RR) to a large pediatric clinical team received strong support, and enhanced the team’s knowledge of imaging findings, exam indications and increased their likelihood to provide more history, according to researchers of a single-center study presented Nov. 26 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 - Question

CHICAGO—When an audience member asked why PET/CT is not already included in the clinical oncologic guidelines for the management of locally advanced breast cancer, two expert panelists at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting explained that the push for conclusive, evidence-based medicine may be one consideration.

 - breast cancer, oncology, women's health

CHICAGO—FDG-PET/CT is useful in the evaluation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) efficacy and in management of locally advanced breast cancer patients, according to a single-center study presented Nov. 25 at the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 - CT scan

CHICAGO—The vast proportion (81 percent) of radiologists’ noninvasive diagnostic imaging relative value units (RVUs) is conducted in hospital settings, as opposed to private offices, according to a scientific poster presented at the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference. If office-based practice is used as a gauge for the entrepreneurial nature of physicians, radiologists may not fit the mold.

 - George S. Bisset III, MD

George S. Bisset III, MD, encourages radiologists to focus on patient engagement and embrace their central role in the patient care continuum.