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  • R&E Education Grants Fuel the Development of Unique Online Resources 

    ContrastRxn is a web-based program designed to teach contrast reaction management through interactive simulated scenarios for both trainees and practicing radiologists who need a refresher on how to manage contrast reactions.

    With an RSNA/AUR/APDR/SCARD Education Research Development Grant, Carolyn Wang, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington has shown this interactive teaching module to be as effective as the more expensive hands-on, high-fidelity simulation training.

    “Due to the rarity of allergic-like reactions to contrast media agents, there is a lack of standardization in the training of radiologists in the management of these potentially life-threatening events,” said Dr. Wang. This web-based program is designed to enhance the training

    received by radiology residents and fellows using simulations of clinically relevant contrast reaction scenarios. The user navigates through various scenarios, determining the type of contrast reactions and deciding various treatment options, including administration of medication, and experiences real-time changes in patient status based on his/ her choices. By exposing radiologists to simulations of contrast reactions they are less likely to compromise the safety of patients in the hospital and out-patient settings. It also has the potential to aid radiology residency programs to meet the milestone requirements for contrast reaction training in a widely available, cost-effective, and time efficient manner.

    ContrastRxn can be viewed at http:// depts.washington.edu/rxnmgmt/.

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    “Due to the rarity of allergic-like reactions to contrast media agents, there is a lack of standardization in the training of radiologists in the management of these potentially life-threatening events.” - Carolyn Wang, M.D.

     
    Value of Imaging (valueofimaging.com) is an educational repository and a onestop- shop for Economics of Diagnostic Imaging, a project under development by GE Healthcare/RSNA Education Scholar Grant recipient Saurabh Jha, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The purpose is to introduce radiologists in training and practice, and others involved with medical imaging, to the fundamental principles in assessing the value of a diagnostic test.

    “With the spotlight on medical imaging shining more ferociously than ever, it would be wise for the imaging community to take the lead in answering the following questions:

    • When is a medical imaging test worth doing?
    • When is a medical imaging test not worth doing?
    • How do we assign a value to a worthwhile medical imaging test?
    • How do we reduce the use of medical imaging tests that are not worth doing?

    The educational material here will provide a framework to answer these questions,” said Dr. Jha. “It is hoped that it will, at least, convince imagers that these questions need to be answered and answered by us rather than for us.” Dr. Jha’s website is dynamic and will evolve as feedback and commentary is received.