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September 2012

ACR Appropriateness Criteria
Shoulder Specialists
Sports MRI Course Wrap-Up
New from NationalRad

Excellent Resource - ACR's Appropriateness Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging

The AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY (ACR) offers a wealth of educational resources for physicians and imaging centers. One resource we find to be a particularly valuable is the ACR APPROPRIATENESS CRITERIA®, which provide evidence-based guidelines to help referring physicians and other healthcare providers make the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a given clinical condition.

The APPROPRIATENESS CRITERIA DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING TOPICS were just updated in June 2012, and include MUSCULOSKELETAL, NEUROLOGIC, GASTROINTESTINAL, THORACIC, UROLOGIC, VASCULAR and CARDIAC imaging criteria, amongst other diagnostic imaging topics such as breast, pediatric and women's imaging.

We have provided links to the Appropriateness Criteria pages and diagnostic imaging topics. We also have resource listings and links on our website that you can reference anytime. Visit our EDUCATION / RESOURCES page for more information. If you ever have questions about appropriateness of a diagnostic study for a particular condition, please do not hesistate to reference any of these resources or call us.

Shoulder Talk with NationalRad

NationalRad has a number of musculoskeletal radiologists that specialize in diagnostic imaging of the shoulder, such as MICHAEL B. ZLATKIN, MD, TIMOTHY G. SANDERS, MD and D. LAWRENCE (LARRY) BURK, MD. They focus on such areas as sports medicine and postoperative imaging of the shoulder, as well as throwing injuries, rotator cuff tears and frozen shoulder, and are here to be a resource for you and your shoulder patients. Call us to reach one of our shoulder specialists about a particular patient or condition, and visit our SHOULDER RESOURCE page to learn more about our shoulder practice.

21st Current Issues of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Symposium Wrap-up

The national symposium, Current Issues of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, took place in San Francisco, CA the last week of August. This long running course, now in its twenty-first year, is considered by many to be the premier musculoskeletal imaging course. It continues to be well attended by radiologists, orthopedists, and sports medicine physicians.

Nationalrad has a long-standing presence at this course. MICHAEL B. ZLATKIN, MD has been on the faculty since its inception. He spoke on the subject of MRI of the rotator cuff, and MRI of wrist pathology. Dr Zlatkin’s lectures were filled with both basic information and some of the most cutting edge information on these topics. TIMOTHY G. SANDERS, MD has been added to faculty more recently owing to his excellent reputation as a speaker and educator. His topics included shoulder instability and the complex matter of MRI imaging of the finger. As usual, his lectures were well received and very informative. WILLIAM B. MORRISON, MD was on the faculty as well, revealing the breadth of his knowledge and expertise, providing sessions on MRI imaging of infection in the diabetic foot and MRI imaging of muscle, and participating in the MRI of the lower extremity 'how I do it' session.

NationalRad's involvement further elucidates the commitment of NationalRad's radiologists to excellence by participating in academic endeavors of this nature, and their inclusion on such an esteemed faculty panel of musculoskeletal radiologists and orthopedic surgeons illustrates the recognition they maintain among their peers. Please contact us to learn more about any of the subjects that Dr. Zlatkin, Dr. Sanders, or Dr. Morrison presented.

New from NationalRad: Announcements

PAUL M. SHERMAN, MD, NationalRad neuroradiologist, Residency Program Director at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, has been named associate editor for neuroradiology at the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF RADIOLOGIC PATHOLOGY (AIRP) effective August 2012. In addition, Dr. Sherman has been selected for a DEFENCE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH & TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY working group on neuroimaging in traumatic brain injury. The group will run from this August through June 2013 and report to Congress on comparative effectiveness of neuroimaging modalities. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sherman on his new appointments.

New from NationalRad: Upcoming Presentations & Lectures

International Skeletal Society (ISS) 39th Annual Meeting & Musculoskeletal Imaging Course, September 12-15, 2012, Rome, Italy

+ Elbow Case Presentation & Discussion - MICHAEL B. ZLATKIN, MD, Session Leader

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