RSNA tackles globalization of radiology

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

CHICAGO - This year's RSNA meeting got under way on Sunday with an opening address that explored the myths and realities behind the globalization of radiology.

Dr. James Thrall, radiologist in chief at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, discussed how radiology globalization can be a double-edged sword, according to an article we're featuring in our RADCast@RSNA special section.

Dr. Thrall spoke from personal experience -- MGH's tentative effort to set up an international teleradiology link to India earlier this year made the program the bête noire of many radiology residents concerned about their future job prospects.

Ironically, the international outsourcing "problem" is largely a nonissue at this point, with most U.S. practices using U.S.-based overread services to help them during off hours. But even using a U.S.-based service can carry long-term risks for the practice that does so, Dr. Thrall said. Find out why by reading the story in our RADCast@RSNA.

You'll also find articles in the RADCast on using mammography to predict future risk of disease in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and another story on CT's effectiveness in detecting lung cancer in smokers exposed to asbestos. Continue to check back through the week as we bring you the latest news from RSNA 2004, all available at radcast.auntminnie.com.

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