Public Release:  Clinical education initiatives increase clinical effectiveness of imaging examinations

American College of Radiology

The February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) focuses on a variety of issues relating to clinical practice, practice management, health services and policy, and radiology education and training.

Articles include:

Screening Cervical Spine CT in the Emergency Department, Phase 3: Increasing Effectiveness of Imaging
Brent Griffith, M.D.; Phyllis Vallee, M.D.; Jumana Nagarwala, M.D.; C. Patrick Loeckner, M.D.; Lonni R. Schultz, Ph.D.; Rajan Jain, M.D.
Clinical education initiatives such as those in this study have the potential to improve adherence to evidence-based clinical guidelines, such as the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®, and, in doing so, increase the clinical effectiveness of imaging examinations.

Trends in Diagnostic CT Among Fee-For-Service Enrollees, 2000-2011
Ghassan B. Hamra, Ph.D.; Richard C. Semelka, M.D.; Lauren M.B. Burke, M.D.; Virginia Pate, M.S.; Alan Brookhart, Ph.D.
Trends in diagnostic CT show differential changes from 2000-2011 by age groups and body region.

Dose Reduction Efforts for Pediatric Head CT Imaging in Washington State Trauma Centers: Follow-Up Survey Results
Janessa M. Graves, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Kalpana M. Kanal, Ph.D.; Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H.; Jeffrey G. Jarvik, M.D., M.P.H.; Monica S. Vavilala, M.D.
Survey results show that, compared with a survey administered in 2008-2009, variation in pediatric head CT imaging protocols and radiation dose continues to exist among Washington state trauma centers in 2012.

Prostate MRI: Access to and Current Practice of Prostate MRI in the United States
James L. Leake, M.S.; Rulon Hardman, M.D.; Vijayanadh Ojili, M.D.; Ian Thompson, M.D.; Alampady Shanbhogue, M.D.; Javier Hernandez, M.D.; Jelle Barentsz, M.D.
Most locations performing prostate MRI are doing so at minimum standards; however, there is a need to educate non-academic practices regarding minimum standards.

United States Medical School Graduate Interest in Radiology Residency Programs as Depicted by Online Search Tools
Nora M. Haney, B.S.; Stuart D. Kinsella, B.A.; Jose M. Morey, M.D.
Online search data, such as Google Trends, may be used to predict U.S. medical School graduates' interest in entering the field of radiology.


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