The September 2014 issue of JTI
has been published in print and online. This issue features a symposium on quality and safety in cardiothoracic imaging, guest edited by Dr. Jeffrey P. Kanne of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The symposium consists of four review articles on topics readers should find relevant to their professional practices.
First Dr. Daniel Ocazionez and colleagues from the University of Washington have authored a review article focused on MRI safety in cardiothoracic imaging. Their article addresses implanted devices, pharmacologic agents, gadolinium contrast agents, external equipment, and anesthesia and sedation.
Second, Dr. Kanne reviews peer review in a broad context as well as addresses specific challenges in cardiothoracic imaging. This article discusses the various types of peer review with their respective advantages and disadvantages. This article is available for self-assessment CME (SA-CME) and counts toward the life-long learning requirements for Maintenance of Certification for the American Board of Radiology.
Third, Drs. Jacobo Kirsch and Daniel Vargas, from Cleveland Clinic Florida and the University of Colorado, respectively, write on cardiothoracic imaging guidelines in quality improvement. Appropriateness criteria, decision support tools, and physician certification are reviewed in the context of subspecialty cardiothoracic imaging.
Finally, Dr. Anne Leung of Stanford University concludes this symposium with a review of professionalism in radiology. One major theme in Dr. Leung’s review article is the importance of radiologists serving as stewards of medical imaging: acting as consultants to ensure that appropriate imaging is performed for appropriate indications. Dr. Leung’s article is also available for SA-CME credit.
Also included in this is of JTI is an expert opinion poll on challenges in peer review in cardiothoracic imaging, relevant to the topics in this symposium.
Previously mentioned published ahead-of-print articles are now in print including results of a survey of the membership of the Society of Thoracic Radiology on CT lung cancer screening. Furthermore, a joint practice parameter sponsored by the American College of Radiology and the Society of Thoracic Radiology on Performance and Reporting of Lung Cancer Screening Thoracic Computed
Tomography is included in this issue.
An original research article on HRCT findings of microaspiration is published in this issue and is complemented by a pictorial essay on aspiration-related lung diseases.
Finally, web-exclusive content in this issue includes updated American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria on nontraumatic aortic disease and the latest installment of “Signs in Cardiopulmonary Imaging”: the Hammock Sign by Drs. Moore and Agarwal from the University of Michigan.