The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) convened the Radiology Health Equity Coalition to positively impact healthcare equity in radiology and beyond. This mission includes promotion of research to address disparities, such as the opportunity below.
Yale School of Medicine is seeking members to participate in a technical expert panel that will provide guidance in the development of equity measures in the follow-up and diagnosis of cancer in emergency department (ED) patients.
CT scanning of the chest is common in the ED for a range of acute indication from trauma to pulmonary embolism or aortic pathology. While most of these scans will be negative, as many as 20% may reveal a lung nodule for which follow-up is recommended to detect cancer early. Early diagnosis of lung cancer is crucial to improving outcomes.
Unfortunately, many ED patients may not receive this follow-up due to social determinants of health, including insurance status, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Yale seeks a diverse panel of stakeholders and experts that will meet via Zoom approximately six times this year.
The deadline to complete the online interest form is Jan. 21.