Dear friends and colleagues of SABI,

I genuinely extend to you all hopes for good health, resiliency, and strength as we face the ongoing challenges of 2021.  I am inspired by the genuine energies and excellence I see among the members of SABI.

Over this past  year, we have been able to move forward and deepen our efforts in our year-round activities in important ways.  A few of these areas include:

Engagement of early career  members is vital for our future growth. The Early Career Committee (ECC), led by co-chairs Dr. Ali Pirasteh and Dr. Asser Abou Elkassem and co-vice-chairs Dr. Nancy Kim and Dr. Lei Yu, have shown tremendous energy this year and have added dynamic and diverse young talent to SABI.  We thank the enthusiasm and guidance of faculty advisors Dr. Aarti Sekhar and Dr. Jessica Robbins.  Recently ECC hosted the webinar “Biostats 101” on August 10,  with over 60 attendees, featuring guest speaker Dr. Seth Lirette. We look forward to the next ECC Webinar of “MRI of the Liver: Practical Considerations” September 28th at 7:00 pm ET. 

Webinars were also thoughtfully hosted throughout the year by the Education committee, led by Dr. Tara Catanzano.  We  are exploring further efforts with AAWR and possibly SRU in the future.  Combining our energies with other societies could help stimulate important networking and new initiatives for SABI .  Easy access to On Demand viewing is available on our website.

Mentorship with impactful and sustaining interactions between junior and senior members has been a core value of SABI.  SABI’s mentorship program, created and led by Neil Rofsky, with co-chair Carolyn Wang, continues to grow and provide support for career growth and personal development, success strategies and coaching skills. These efforts are amplified by those graduates who go on to become coaches. We thank the generous sponsorship of BRACCO who has provided a 3-year grant for this vital work. Check out the updated Mentorship page on our website for more information on how to be involved.

JCAT, our official SABI Journal, continues to expand its role, led by the diligent efforts of Dr. Eric Tamm, as Editor-in-Chief. Having a dedicated journal allows us to expand our focus in promoting research for junior members. Efforts to bring junior and senior members together for manuscript development is underway. We also will be proud to announce in D.C. the best JCAT article with SABI authorship, chosen by the Associate Editors.  

Our efforts in wellness and engagement with the book clubs continue.  Although done by Zoom, both small and large gatherings have been effective in sharing thoughts and ideas over  timely topics. After successfully hosting the first two book clubs earlier this year, the third book club will be on September 9th at 7:00 pm ET for review of “Critical Conversations, Tools for Talking when Stakes are High”, led by Drs. Victoria Chernyak and Elizabeth Hecht and moderated by Dr. Aarti Sekhar.

The planning of our annual meeting over the past two years has become a year-round activity of change and adaptation, as we face the ongoing swings of the pandemic. Last year, we pivoted to an on-line course three months before the meeting.  Thanks to all, we enjoyed an energized and successful 2020 annual meeting.  However, as 2020 wore on and rolled into 2021, the saturation of digital meeting formats and content began to create fatigue and detachment.  

For this year’s annual course in October, Program Chair Dr. Joel Platt has boldly led the effort to hold an invigorating in-person meeting in D.C.   As we have learned from our faculty over the past few weeks, we recognize that there are both personal considerations and university-based restrictions that may affect meeting attendance and encourage each person to do what is best for them and their families.  The Board feels strongly that our top priority is the health and safety of our members and participants.  As recently announced, SABI will require both proof of vaccination cards and proof of a negative COVID test within 3 days prior to arrival.  Masks will be worn for indoor activities, but we also hope to have some end of day relaxing time outdoors over the course of the meeting.  

Safety during a pandemic is essential, but we also realize that the rejuvenation of connecting with colleagues is  important for our health and well-being, along with reigniting our passion for advanced body imaging. Greatest thanks to Dr. Platt who has had to be more creative and nimble with changes over time than any other year. Dr. Ivan Pedrosa has also led exceptional efforts in bringing in strong corporate support. A dynamic program of pre-conference AI symposium, scientific presentations, cutting-edge plenaries and workshops and tumor boards is in store. A special Gold Medal dinner on October 11 will allow us to celebrate the lifetime achievements of our Gold Medalists, Dr. Bill Shuman, and Dr. Richard Ehman. Special events are also planned for Past Presidents and Early Career members.

So please come share with us for a safe and impactful meeting in D.C. Hope to see you there!

Finally, as I draw near to the end of my Presidency at SABI, I want to genuinely thank the members of SABI who have contributed to the society over the course of this year. Whether it be at our annual event or our year-round outreach, I hope we can continue to share the friendships and networking across junior and senior members which define our impact.   

I also would like to specifically recognize several individuals and groups who have moved me with their tremendous efforts at SABI:

  • Dr. Scott Reeder will soon finish his role as Past President at SABI this October.  As his direct successor along the path of Board duties over the past five years, I cannot express how deeply grateful I have been for his leadership and vision, attention to detail, passion for SABI, and genuine friendship.
  • Dr. Aarti Sekhar will finish her two-year role as the first ever Member at Large on the Board this October.   Aarti’s energy, creativity and passion are hands down second to none .  She has been the pied piper of the ECC and has inspired change and rejuvenation on the Board that will have lasting impact. 

  • Dr. Neil Rofsky, Past President of SABI and Chairman of UT Southwestern, made the call to invite me to join the Board at SABI years ago.  His energy and drive to better this society has only grown since his time on the Board.  The mentorship program represents the heart of SABI, and we are fortunate to have Dr. Rofsky’s expertise and creativity.  But it will be his 2020 debut band appearance of Quantum Noise that will beat in our hearts forever .

  • Dr. Bill Shuman, also Past President of SABI,  continues to show a deep loyalty to serve SABI and give valued insight and expertise to our Finance committee. He and Dr. Rofsky will also co-lead our new efforts to establish a Past President’s group, which should be an exciting new avenue to keep our prior Board members engaged with each other and the society.

  • A Board of Directors helps to define the scope and vision of a society’s reach. I deeply thank the remaining all-star cast of the current Board of Directors for their sustaining energies, including Joel Platt, Ivan Pedrosa, Brian Herts, Desiree Morgan, Ihab Kamel and Eric Tamm. Nicole Hindman served as the first Fellow at Large position, representing the recent expansion of the non-voting members of the Board. We are fortunate to have these outstanding individuals who currently serve and those who will serve in the future for SABI.

  • We  would not be where we are today without the dedicated efforts of our administrative staff at ACR. Executive Director Michele Wittling and the outstanding team of Jennifer Leeper, Jennifer Sheehan and Stephanie Hige have given their best to SABI year after year.  We deeply appreciate their expertise, heavy lifting behind the scenes and resiliency.

In closing, the connections among SABI members and fellows allows us to share our careers and lives in meaningful ways.  May our annual meeting and the precedence this will set for future meetings during ongoing uncertainties be a statement of discernment and fortitude of our will to come together in safe  and impactful ways.

May each one of us face our individual challenges in our different ways and try to be our best for our patients, our programs and our family, friends, and neighbors.

Stay well and be strong in your hopes for better times ahead.


With deepest sincerity and gratitude,

Beth McFarland, MD

President, SABI








Dear SABI Members,

As we look forward to the Annual SABI Meeting, October 9-13, 2021, in just a few weeks in Washington, D.C., I want to express my excitement to see many old friends and also hope to make many new ones. The concept and practice of gathering for any meeting has certainly changed since our 2019 meeting in Denver. This time last year, Dr. Beth McFarland led an outstanding on-line event for SABI 2020.  Conversely, this year our in-person gathering will be with new safety measures and precautions. The theme of this year’s meeting, “Monumental Innovation” is in part a nod to our beautiful host city, Washington DC and the numerous national monuments and treasures within walking distance of our meeting site.  In addition, the theme also reflects our society’s strong commitment to innovation in imaging as reflected in this year’s program.  We are indeed fortunate to have an outstanding lineup of speakers and events including workshops, roundtables, and plenary sessions, each highlighting the breadth of talent within SABI and covering all areas of body imaging.  


This year, the Presidential Lecture will be delivered by, Dr. Bruce Rosen from Harvard,  his lecture titled,How Body Imagers Helped to Invent Functional Brain Imaging & What the Future Holds,” will no doubt touch upon how innovation in any area of imaging fosters innovations in other areas, a core principle of our society.

Other meeting highlights include the half day course focused on Artificial Intelligence on Saturday. A proud tradition of the society, the dedicated Science session, highlights the Sunday program. Monday is in turn highlighted by our Presidential lecture and a tumor board-like multidisciplinary session focused on HPB imaging.  Tuesday’s program introduces a new session for our annual event, the Vanguards of Science, where SABI fellows share their unique perspective on research. Finally, on Wednesday, our half day program concludes with a dynamic beyond the reading room type event with topics that touch all aspects of our Radiology experience.  Please visit the SABI website for more details, and I look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.  next month!



Joel Platt, MD, FSABI
President Elect



For JCAT's Current Table of Contents (July/Aug Edition)


JCAT Articles Authored by SABI Members & Fellows
Note: The following articles are those in which the submitting author indicated at submission that one or more authors were SABI members/fellows and SABI staff confirmed active membership.

Optimizing Identification of Power Injectable Ports on the Scout Images for MDCT Procedures, by Fides Regina Schwartz, M.D.; Kevin Scott Iliffe, BSRT; Andrew Somers, RN; Brittney Stone, BSRT; Tracy Jaffe, MD; Justin Solomon, PhD; Lynne Hurwitz-Koweek, MD, May/June 2021

Prediction of Patient Height and Weight with a 3D Camera, by Bari Dane; Vivek Singh; Matthew Nazarian; Thomas O'Donnell; Shu Liu; Ankur Kapoor; Alec Megibow, May/June 2021

Clinical, Radiographic, Pathologic Characterization and Survival Outcome of NUT Carcinomas, by Mayur Kundan Virarkar; Marcelle Mallery; Mohammed Saleh; Nisha Ramani; Ajaykumar Morani; Priya Bhosale, May/June 2021

Current Status of Radiomics and Deep Learning in Liver Imaging, by Linda C Chu, MD; Seyoun Park; Satomi Kawamoto; Alan Yuille; Ralph Hruban; Elliot Fishman, May/June 2021

Clinical Importance of Incidentally Detected Hyper-Enhancing Liver Observations on Portal Venous Phase CT in Patients Without Known Malignancy or Liver Disease, by Michael Corwin, MD; Ryan T. Digeronimo, MD; Shannon M. Navarro, MD; Ghaneh Fananapazir, MD.; Machelle Wilson, PhD.; Thomas W. Loehfelm, MD, PhD, Jul/Aug 2021

Collaborative Writing Projects: Set Yourself up for Success, by Tara Marie Catanzano, MD; Jessica Robbins; Fides Schwartz; Rajiah Prabhakar; Sherry Wang; Sadhna Nandwana; Erik Soloff; Les Folio, Jul/Aug 2021

Osseous Tumor Reporting and Data System (OT-RADS) Guidelines and Multi-Reader Validation Study, by Avneesh Chhabra, MD; Anurag Gupta, BSE; Uma Thakur, MD.; Parham Pezeshk, MD; Nathan Dettori, MD; Alexandra Callan, MD; Yin Xi, PhD; Paul Weatherall, MD, Jul/Aug 2021

Initial Experience with Ultra-low-dose FDG PET/MR Imaging with Deep-Learning Enhancement, by Christian J Park, DO; Weijie Chen, MS; Ali Pirasteh, MD; David H Kim, MD; Scott B Perlman, MD; Jessica B Robbins, MD; Alan B McMillan, PhD, Jul/Aug 2021


Becoming a Reviewer for JCAT

We would like to thank those who answered our call from the last email and the email “blast.” For those who may be reading this for the first time, becoming a reviewer is an excellent way to share your expertise with the radiology community, to help us at JCAT identify articles of high quality and of greatest interest to the radiology community, and to improve articles to be the best they can be.

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please send a copy of your CV to Eric Tamm, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, JCAT ( along with information regarding your areas of interest/expertise.

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Recognition of SABI Authored Articles

As SABI’s official journal we encourage and support articles from SABI members. The best SABI authored paper published in 2020, as chosen by our Associate Editors, will be recognized at the Annual Meeting in October in D.C. To be eligible for future awards, remember, at the time of submitting your work to JCAT, to answer “yes” to the question regarding being a SABI member (and you must, at the time of submission, and throughout the remainder of the year,  be a member in good standing to make sure you are accurately identified as a SABI member when we check author lists against the SABI member roster).


Request for Submissions:  Topics of Interest to JCAT and its Readers

JCAT is looking for submissions in the following “hot topic” areas of interest as identified by our editors and wider Editorial Board. We are accepting review articles and original scientific submissions. Please feel free to reach out to Eric Tamm, FSABI, Editor-in-Chief ( with ideas or outlines which he can share with the specialty Associate Editors to see if proposed submissions would be a good fit for the journal and to get helpful suggestions from them. 

All submissions will be subject to blinded peer review, must score sufficiently well to be published, and will be on a “first come” basis, i.e., if a topic has already been covered sufficiently by an earlier submission(s), we will need to decline later submissions on that topic. Here are topics (not in order of preference):

  • Fast MR Imaging, such as “fast imaging of the abdomen,” etc.
  • Prostate PSMA imaging
  • Artificial intelligence- particularly tangible applications
  • Caution: we have had to reject several submissions because of overfitting, and/or too small test sets and/or concerns on lack of generalizability of results.
  • Template reporting
  • Practice management
  • Musculoskeletal: 3d imaging of joints, functional imaging of joints
  • Dual energy CT
  • Updates in percutaneous interventions
  • Quantitative assessments of the lungs
  • Treatment response in oncologic imaging, particularly novel methods
  • Radiomics
  • Again, we advise caution to avoid issues such as overfitting, etc. We have had to reject several articles because of similar issues in radiomics as in artificial intelligence.


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The Exceptionalism of Radiology

As the ACR develops its new strategic plan, it is guiding the specialty and the broader
community to work together to realize radiology's potential.

Benjamin S. Bloom, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Chicago, published a landmark book in 1985, Developing Talent in Young People.1 According to Bloom, all the superb performers he investigated practiced intensively, studied with devoted teachers, and were supported enthusiastically by their families throughout their developing years. Later research building on Bloom’s pioneering study revealed that the amount and quality of practice were key factors in the level of expertise people achieved. Consistently and overwhelmingly, the evidence showed that experts are made, not born.

Many others claim to be experts in the skills that radiologists provide. There have been continuous attempts to commoditize medical imaging and discount the value of radiologists. Yet it is radiology and radiologists that remain exceptional in our commitment and devotion not only to the realized benefits of medical imaging today but to innovation and the promise of its impact on patients and future population medical management.

At times, we may be myopic in realizing the exceptionalism of our chosen profession. We focus on potential threats and commoditization of what we deliver to our patients and referring physicians. No doubt these are important concerns for us to identify and address, especially during our strategic plan development process. Yet, if we step back and look at the macro-environment, it is undeniable that radiology is in an incredible position. Imaging-based care is at the forefront of modern medicine. We are just at the infancy of detecting the information hidden in our digital data. Metabolic and functional imaging techniques are emerging and will be fundamental to how we consider diagnosis and therapeutic options. With emerging modern techniques such as AI, the integration with pathology, and population and personalized health management, the potential is limitless.

So many entities, including big tech, are looking at medical imaging and what we do — for very good reason. Healthcare has always been an attractive industry. Radiology is in an advantageous position to deliver essential data and micro-interventions for future healthcare paradigms. Embedded in our training and orientation are both short-term and longer-trajectory opportunities to utilize medical data and informatics. Imaging and data are going to be key for the objective assessment and planning of medical care, in whatever future payment systems develop.

As a science, the future is ours to realize. Radiologists are advancing the applications, science, and innovations of imaging, therapy, and interventions. We can reduce costs. We can take a leading role in population health management. As our predictive modeling evolves and matures, we can tell an individual what their risk factors are and guide them through a personalized medical care plan.

Radiology is in an advantageous position to deliver essential data and micro-interventions for future healthcare paradigms.

As a profession, we continue to attract the best and brightest. A brief glimpse at our literature will uncover the innovations that continue to evolve in our space. While some pundits had transiently focused on the potential negative impact of AI on our specialty, most population health management experts understand that imaging and informatics can shift healthcare paradigms to deliver better evidence-based care with greater efficiency and more value.

Exceptionalism does not end at our shores. The international interest and excitement in our specialty is inspiring. Working with international partners, radiologists are raising the profile and awareness of medical imaging — especially in countries where resources are scarce. We are learning best practices as medical imaging is being applied in multiple national delivery systems with various populations and demographics. As medical imaging is being primarily recognized in delivering even basic healthcare needs, we have the opportunity — if not the obligation — to impact global health. This is truly an exceptional time to be a radiologist.

Radiology continues to be an incredible profession — providing societal value, professional satisfaction, and intellectual curiosity. Our specialty is witnessing the explosion of technology and science amidst the promise of our future.

As I speak with residents and fellows across the country, I congratulate them for choosing radiology as a specialty. Despite all the distractions, they are entering the specialty at an exciting time. Yes, there will continue to be challenges. In an earlier era, the introduction of Medicare was thought to be the end of radiology. But radiology survived — and even thrived. The specialty looks very different from the time when we had rolloscopes. The promise is that radiology will look very different even ten years from now. We will continue to innovate, adapt, and serve our patients.

Radiology is indeed exceptional. We are well-positioned for continued success. The ACR is a crucial organization in guiding the specialty. As we develop our new strategic plan, we will focus on maximizing our collective potential. I encourage all of our members and the broader radiology community to work together to realize our future — for our specialty and our patients.


1. Bloom B. Developing talent in young people. Ballantine Books, 1985.

AuthorBOC Chair Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR  

Doing it All

General and multispecialty radiologists need more training, not labels.

Robert S. Pyatt Jr., MD, FACR, who practices in rural Chambersburg, Pa., and chairs the ACR Commission on General, Small, Emergency and/or Rural Practice (GSER), led a task force charged with evaluating current and future radiology practice skillsets as they relate to general radiology and subspecialization. The Bulletin spoke with Pyatt to discuss the findings of the task force — including a disconnect between the skills of radiology residency program graduates, the needs of the current workforce, and the delivery of top-notch and accessible patient care.

What were some of the task force’s findings about labels within the profession?
It is all over the map. You have emergency radiologists who do everything, and pediatric radiologists who are very subspecialized in their work. Someone might be a body imager, but they may also do mammography or read neuro-MRI.

Where did the task force go from there?
The task force decided that what we were looking at were not job titles, but rather job descriptors. We looked at the actual performance on the job, and we found that most radiologists work outside of their subspecialty. This creates some problems, especially with newly graduated fellows and residents, who are not always getting the procedural skills they need. It is really unbelievable to have body imagers, for example, who don’t know how to do a paracentesis.

What problems can the absence of certain procedural skills create?
Graduates are finishing their fellowships thinking, “Oh, I'm just going to be reading body imaging, right?” Then they get out there and the reality is that their practice might include doing a paracentesis, reading some mammograms, or doing some nuclear medicine. One of the themes identified by the task force was a need to address this gap in learning between increasing subspecialization and the needs of a workforce that can work across subspecialties. The gap is widening. This was evident when numerous members of the task force reported challenges with finding radiologists comfortable performing the necessary procedures. For example, there’s an increasing need for diagnostic radiologists to be able to do some basic IR procedures. Within my own group practice, some of the newer people have needed training on how to do breast, stereotactic, or thyroid biopsies. They don’t know how to do these procedures, and some of them have no interest in learning. For the bigger academic groups in urban areas, where the density of radiologists is greater, this is not so much of an issue. But in smaller communities — suburban areas and out in the rural areas where I am — it is harder to recruit people. Radiologists might not want to have to do a slew of different procedures. Plus, at the moment, there are plenty of jobs to choose from, which can lead to unfilled patient needs in smaller and rural communities.

What can be done about closing the gap?
To close the gap, we need to improve how we train residents and fellows. We need to broaden their skills, which will make them more valuable to the workforce and give them a broader spectrum of practices that match their desired career. Some of them don’t want to widen the scope of their practice. For those who do — they can learn more from the ACR’s Education Center. Part of our recommendations revolve around improving data collection — more access to data, improvements in how we report it, and strategy around what we do with it. The ACR can also convene groups like the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) and the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD) to work with the GSER Commission and other groups to discuss these issues and determine how we can modify training programs. This is a specialty-wide issue and we’ll need to work together.

How does a lack of general or expanded training affect hiring practices?
Instead of going job hunting in the fall of their last year, radiologists-in-training should probably start job hunting a year earlier. When you get to them earlier, they can ask, “What can I take in my final year to be more valuable to your practice?” This can change how people are hiring and get to the heart of this lack of general knowledge.

Are other specialties facing similar challenges with training and identifying what new physicians will actually need to do on the job?
This concept of having residents and fellows more tightly linked with their future jobs in terms of customizing their final training — it’s also happening in the field of urology. Studies have found that urologists are graduating from training programs who do not meet the needs of the marketplace. Radiology is not alone in that a gap exists between the content of the training programs and the needs of the workforce.



Diving Into Racial Disparities in Healthcare

ACR 2021 highlighted the College's commitment to equity within radiology
and the entire house of medicine.


With the same discretion of the College’s decision last year to put the health and safety of ACR members, the patients they serve, and ACR employees and local hospitality staff first, this year’s Annual Meeting was once again completely virtual.

The flagship announcement of the Annual Meeting was the launch of the Radiology Health Equity Coalition.

To complement the weight of the Coalition, there was a two-part presentation on health equity, featuring a host of expert panelists speaking on the ACR’s commitment to health equity within the specialty and beyond to the entire house of medicine. First-day health equity panelists were Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity; Efrén J. Flores, MD; Lucy B. Spalluto, MD, MPH; Zahra Kahn, CPA, CGMA, MPA; and Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FACR.

Flores opened by noting that the COVID-19 pandemic did not affect all populations equally. It has disproportionately impacted people of color, even though the pandemic has highlighted how interconnected we all are, he told attendees. “Where you live matters, we have learned, but it should not,” he said.

Flores went on to say that racism in America is a real threat to the public health of the country and a driver of social injustice and health inequity. “It is important that we have a commitment at all levels to change this and advance social justice,” he said. “As a specialty, we have to be committed. Advancing health equity is the responsibility of every specialist, and radiology must play a central role.”

Kahn, a health and financial policy expert, spoke on racial equity in breast cancer screening. She pointed out that when women skip screening in their 40s based on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, it leads to even more injustice and worse health outcomes for Blacks, Latinx/ Hispanics, and Asian Americans.

Gibbs explored the role of racism in health equity — including life expectancy among minorities. More importantly, she spoke to the deeply-rooted racial ideologies and institutional policies in the U.S. that make it challenging for health equity initiatives and perceptual changes in healthcare and radiological practice to advance. “The first step to health equity is awareness,” she said. Gibbs delved into a longstanding history of scientific racism, particularly directed at Black Americans — and how this has fueled implicit bias in modern medicine.

“As a specialty, we have to be committed. Advancing health equity is the responsibility of every specialist, and radiology must play a central role.”

—Efrén J. Flores, MD

Spalluto presented on radiology’s specific role in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, the impact of these efforts on more favorable patient outcomes, and leading the charge for health equity. Disparities in health outcomes, Spalluto said, including infant mortality, cancer outcomes, obesity, malnutrition, and cardiovascular disease are the result of existing systemic inequities. “Quality of food, schools, and insurance status all drive healthcare disparities,” she said.

The second day of the program was introduced by outgoing ACR President Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, and included health equity presentations by Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, vice chair of the ACR BOC; Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR, chief medical officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute® and chair of the ACR Commission on Leadership and Practice Development; Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH, CPPS; Raymond K. Tu, MD, MS, FACR; and Rajan T. Gupta, MD, as the moderator. Sivashanker called equity an “accelerator of all we do.”

“It has to be a core mission of what we’re doing,” Sivashanker said. “There is no such thing as high-quality inequitable care. The approach of hiring one person of color, charging them with driving change, and then being surprised that it doesn’t work is not the right approach.”

Tu talked about his work in Washington, D.C. — one of the most diverse cities in the nation. During the pandemic’s peak, his hospital worked closely with local businesses to get the word out about safety procedures and testing. Tu continues to encourage local partnerships with academic and community physicians to enhance what he calls “the joy of good medicine.” Working with medical students, too, is critical to fostering diversity, he said — and noted that America will be a majority minority country by 2050, with Whites making up only 46% of the population. “We need to become the community we serve,” he said.

“When approaching the challenges of healthcare inequity, good intentions are just not enough,” Lexa told attendees. “Figure out how you’re going to quantify your results. A demonstration project might be the answer.” He suggested trying out ideas first before putting together your final plan.

Breast imaging in certain populations might be a good place to start, he said. “But don’t get obsessed about one idea,” he said. “It is ok to start small and it is important to build alliances with groups who can advance your cause — not just those you like.”

Bello emphasized that radiology touches every part of patient care, and that radiologists are uniquely positioned to spearhead efforts to address health disparities and accommodate the needs of diverse patient populations. “I encourage all to pledge their commitment and action to advance health equity,” she said.

Every presentation affirmed the importance of advancing health equity. Speakers discussed how radiologists can serve as leaders of the charge, stressing the importance of building alliances and recognizing the problem is deeply rooted and no small challenge. Significant strides have been made as a result of this year’s meeting — but no doubt, health equity will remain a focus of ACR 2022 and onward.







2020 Board of Directors



Beth McFarland, MD, FSABI
SSM St. Joseph
Health Center



Joel Platt, MD, FSABI
University of Michigan
Medical Center

Brian Herts, MD, FSABI
Cleveland Clinic


Ivan Pedrosa, MD, PhD, FSABI
University of Texas SW
Medical Campus


Desiree Morgan, MD, FSABI
University of Alabama
 at Birmingham

Ihab Kamel, PhD, MD, FSABI
Johns Hopkins Bayview
Medical Center

Nicole Hindman, MD, FSABI
New York University


Eric Tamm, MD, FSABI
MD Anderson Cancer Center



Scott Reeder, MD, PhD, FSABI
University of Wisconsin - Madison


Aarti Sekhar, MD
Emory University


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Priya Bhosale, MD, FSABI
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chief Editor


Jennifer Sheehan, CMP
Society for Advanced Body Imaging

Associate Editor