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    • First R&E Funded Grant in China Yields Significant Results & Resources

      The aim of Jie Li, M.D.’s 2010-12 RSNA R&E Foundation Derek Harwood-Nash Education Scholar Grant was to develop an education program on breast imaging for the Chinese Society of Radiology with international cooperation. The success of her project highlights what can be achieved by global collaboration.

      While training in the United States from the Beijing Cancer Center Hospital & Beijing Institute for Cancer Research, Dr. Li and her exciting project were supported by a unique partnership with Elizabeth Morris, M.D., and the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Together, these partners in education were able to provide training and resources on breast imaging and advance the Chinese radiologist’s usage of the American College of Radiology (ACR) BI-RADS Atlas to improve clinical practice and research in breast imaging.

      “My colleagues and I at MSKCC are delighted to have had a chance to work with Dr. Li and witness what she has been able to accomplish with the help of the R&E Foundation. It is fascinating to see what can be achieved with the dedication of a few enthusiastic collaborators living thousands of miles apart.”

      Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr (hc) Chair, Department of Radiology; Carroll and Milton Petrie Chair, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

      Dr. Li recognized the dramatic growth in breast imaging knowledge in the past decade, but was keenly aware that imaging had not experienced similar growth in her home country of China. With her grant, she provided the education and resources to close this gap and train Chinese investigators to strengthen their skills and improve clinical breast cancer care in China.

      Working in tandem with Dr. Morris and guided by MSKCC’s David Dershaw, M.D., and Beijing Cancer Hospital’s Xiaopeng Zhang, M.D., Dr. Li developed a breast imaging curriculum with theoretical and skill-enhancing components that has been taught throughout China. Teaching files and electronic learning resources and cases, along with FAQs on breast imaging have been made available through a free website

      imagingonline.org. Since 2011, five radiologists from across China have completed a six-month clinical fellowship training program using these resources.

      In November 2011, the Breast Imaging Forum was held in Beijing. In an effort to enhance communication and information dissemination among Chinese and US radiologists, the Forum, hosted by leading Chinese breast imaging societies and in collaboration with MSKCC, was attended by 75 Chinese radiologists and featured the curriculum developed by Dr. Li and her dedicated team of international collaborators. A final critical piece of this project was the translation of the ACR BI-RADS ®Atlas in Mandarin. Guided by Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr (hc), and supported by an additional grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the ACR BI-RADS Atlas was translated, published and disseminated throughout China through the Chinese Society of Radiology. This marks the first time that the complete concepts of BI-RADS ® were introduced in China; and since this introduction, the use of ACR BI-RADS in published scientific

      This project serves as an inspiring example of the R&E Foundation’s mission to advance radiologic education and practice.

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