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J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 May 16. pii: S1546-1440(19)30343-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.03.009. [Epub ahead of print]

Emergency Radiology: Current Challenges and Preparing for Continued Growth.

Author information

1
Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Taubman Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Electronic address: suzchongMD@gmail.com.
2
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
3
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
4
Department of Radiology, The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
5
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington.
6
Keck School of Medicine, University of Souther California, Los Angeles, California.
7
Department of Radiology, Summit Health, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
8
Department of Radiology and Imaging Services, Emory University, Johns Creek, Georgia.

Abstract

The escalation of imaging volumes in the emergency department and intensifying demands for rapid radiology results have increased the demand for emergency radiology. The provision of emergency radiology is essential for nearly all radiology practices, from the smallest to the largest. As our radiology specialty responds to the challenge posed by the triple threat of providing 24-7 coverage, high imaging volumes, and rapid turnaround time, various questions regarding emergency radiology have emerged, including its definition and scope, unique operational demands, quality and safety concerns, impact on physician well-being, and future directions. This article reviews the current challenges confronting the subspecialty of emergency radiology and offers insights into preparing for continued growth.

KEYWORDS:

Burnout; emergency radiology; mass casualty; practice management; quality

PMID:
31092353
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacr.2019.03.009

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