It's time to give interventional oncologists the attention and recognition they deserve for improving the lives of cancer patients.
But don't expect it to threaten radiologists' job security anytime soon.
Hospitals should be places of safe health care delivery and recovery from acute or chronic illness. You should also be a smart patient. Take inventory of your kidney health prior to coming to the hospital and share these answers with your health care practitioner so that they are reflected in your medical records.
Mammography will remain a controversial issue because it is an imperfect tool involving ionizing radiation. Let's move beyond this method that is decades old and move forward with an early detection method for breast cancer that will not increase a women's cancer risk at all.
A properly ordered and acquired imaging examination, with an accurate radiologist's interpretation combined with collaboration between the referring clinician's input regarding the history and physical examination, constitutes optimal patient care.
At a time when patients are craving more personalized care and search engines are providing "diagnoses" that are all too often incorrect, this sort of collaboration among physicians is essential to maintaining a first class health care system.
What the invisible gorilla study shows is that if we are paying very close attention to one thing, we often fail to notice other things in our field of vision -- even very obvious things. What if this perceptual quirk has serious, even life-threatening, implications?
As radiology increasingly plays a central role in our health care system, we need to make sure the information patients receive is clear, accurate and useful in their decision-making process.
I realize now how many times I had driven past buildings where people were being treated and had no idea. I became one of those people. I stand back, looking at the year that has passed, and still struggle to find the words to describe it.