February 15, 2018

National Academies Explore Oncologic Imaging

The National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened a workshop February 12–13, 2018 to address strategies to enhance oncologic imaging and pathology expertise in the U.S.

James A. Brink, MD, FACR (Chair, ACR Board of Chancellors) served on the event planning committee and as a moderator for the discussions on workforce education and training. The event benefited from extensive participation from radiology and pathology thought leaders.

A workshop titled “Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies,” covered issues and potential solutions including the following:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning tools to assist diagnosticians
  • Appropriate use criteria and clinical decision support systems for clinical oncologists
  • Subspecialty training and fellowship opportunities for radiologists interested in focusing professionally on oncologic imaging
  • Coordination and integration of radiology and pathology in reports and on cancer care teams
  • System-based models for cancer diagnosis

The National Academies will likely publish a report of the proceedings later this year to help inform future academic approaches to cancer diagnosis and surveillance.