The practice of Medicine is not evolving, but rather changing at a break-neck pace. As Radiology has been the beneficiary of swift technological advances, so have we been challenged by disruptive changes that disconnect us from our referring physicians and patients. It is my strong personal belief that Breast Imaging, and other elements of our specialty, enable us to cross this divide. Connecting personally with patients in consultation, in the ultrasound suite, and during biopsy procedures enables us to put a face on our profession and fashion our own definition of the Radiologist’s role in the practice of medicine.
I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the guest editor of this issue of the JAOCR. My great thanks to the authors and contributors, my colleagues in practice, prior Fellow, and current residents, who have offered a variety of topics that I hope you find interesting. The article on breast implants presents readers with the opportunity to review the normal appearance and commonly encountered complications and management.
The review of breast density was included at this time due to the increasing exposure in the popular press and legislative actions influencing our practice.
I would like to additionally offer thanks to Dr. William O’Brien for his interest, enthusiasm, and exceptional talents that launched this publication and sustain its continuing success, and to the AOCR staff, particularly Ms. Jessica Roberts, for their knowledgeable support.
Medicine is a challenging career, a commitment to life-long learning, and an opportunity to change a life, every day. Maintaining our expertise in imaging, and continually learning about trends in medical diagnosis, treatment, and research enable us to be the partner in patient care that our referring physicians value most. The environment of change before us offers a unique opportunity to take a step back, reassess our position, and reclaim the relationships that may have been diminished in the last decades. Let’s start this year with a reaffirmation of our choice and a renewed understanding of the privilege of our work.Back To Top
Schetter SE. In this Issue: January 2014. J Am Osteopath Coll Radiol. 2014;3(1):1.