We Have a Winner
A look at the top JACR article according to a recent online poll.
Thanks for joining me in the April Madness JACR play-offs, injecting a wee bit of levity into our otherwise serious work with low-stakes friendly competition. No money changed hands, no awards were handed out, yet we got a chance to bring well-deserved praise to authors whose article may have already positively impacted your daily work.
As announced on the original blogpost, "Performance of ACR Lung-RADS in a Clinical CT Lung Screening Program," emerged the winner out of eight highly regarded JACR articles. Congratulations to the five authors for so succinctly and clearly explaining Lung-RADS and how it can improve the performance of a lung cancer screening program. If you have not read this article yet, at least look at the article's take-home points, which offer compelling reasons to use Lung-RADS when interpreting screening CTs:
After the long wait for NLST trial results to come out, the comparative effectiveness results, and, CMS' coverage approval, radiologists are offering CT lung cancer screening. But we still need guidance to do it right.
For this reason, the ACR introduced Lung-RADS to help radiologists produce CT lung cancer screening reports with specific lexicon and consistent recommendations akin to BI-RADS for screening mammography. Straight from the ACR's website, here is the short version of Lung-RADS assessment categories and the corresponding management recommendations:
Explore ACR's Lung Cancer Screening Resources to find additional tools to help you set up and run a successful lung cancer screening program. You'll find webinar slides on coverage and payment as well as information and forms needed to apply for participation in the CMS-approved ACR Lung Cancer Screening Registry and details about the ACR-designated Lung Cancer Screening Center status.