Best-In-Practice Program

Best-In-Practice Program Overview

The Best-in-Practice (BIP) training program in our Department of Radiology was designed as a means of bridging the gap between state-of-the-art research and everyday clinical imaging practice within our institution. The goals of the program are to maximize the potential of our imaging equipment to provide best-in-class imaging for patients, to develop internal technical support and protocol optimization, to provide ongoing teaching and educational opportunities for all the stakeholders in our department (technologists, radiologists, and physicists), and to improve the collaboration between stakeholders. The program was devised by our Radiology Chair Dr. Michael Recht and was designed in collaboration with Siemens Medical Solutions.

There are three principal components to the BIP program:

a) an advanced practice specialist (APS) program, which designates a small number of technologists to serve as the primary applications support within the department, with vendor backup as needed. To keep their scanning skills up-to-date and relevant, our APS spend about 50% of their time scanning both clinical and research subjects, with the balance of their time spent learning and teaching.

b) Learning plans, by which our APS work with radiologists to optimize our scanning protocols and to communicate this information to all of our technologists at all of our locations. Specific topics in need of optimization and training are identified by APS together with representatives from each of our clinical sections.

c) Regular educational symposia, which bring together physicists, radiologists, and technologists to promote broad-based learning on key topics. In order to break down traditional barriers, a joint lecture format was devised, in which, for any given topic, a radiologist presents the clinical background and imaging features important for making a diagnosis, a technologist discusses patient preparation and positioning and parameter optimization, and a physicist reviews the physics behind important sequences in the imaging protocol. While our principal audience for BIP symposia includes Radiology faculty and staff, symposia are advertised beyond the department and are open to all.

The BIP model was recently described in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (Recht M, Kim D, Lawson K, Mulholland T. Best in practice: a model for improved radiologist-technologist collaboration and image optimization. J Am Coll Radiol 2011;8(4):283-287).

Latest Best-In-Practice Seminar

Fast MR Imaging Techniques

January 23, 2013

Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD, Professor, Vice Chairman of Research; Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging

Ricardo Otazo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Mary Bruno, MRI Specialist

Description:
  • Overview of Fast MR Imaging Techniques
  • Compressed Sensing and MSK Applications
  • (2 - D FSE, SPACE, SEMAC)

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Previous Best-In-Practice Seminars

Fast MR Imaging Techniques

January 23, 2013

Speakers

Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD, Professor, Vice Chairman of Research; Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging

Ricardo Otazo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Mary Bruno, MRI Specialist

Description:
  • Overview of Fast MR Imaging Techniques
  • Compressed Sensing and MSK Applications
  • (2 - D FSE, SPACE, SEMAC)

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Diffusion-weighted MRI

January 18, 2012

Speakers

Eric E. Sigmund, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology

Mervin Wauchope, R.T. (ARRT), MRI Technologist, Department of Radiology

Yvonne W. Lui, M.D., Assistant Professor and Section Chief of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology

Hersh Chandarana, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology

Andrew B. Rosenkrantz, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology

Description:
  • To understand the MRI physics of diffusion‐weighted imaging (DWI) and its variants
  • To understand the control parameters for DWI exams in different anatomies

  • To understand the clinical applications for DWI and diffusion tensor imaging in the brain

  • To understand the principles of advanced diffusion imaging techniques in the brain

  • To understand the role of DWI in the evaluation of liver and kidney diseases

  • To understand the role of DWI in the detection and characterization of malignancies of the male and female pelvis

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Radiation Dose Optimization

May 16, 2012

Speakers

Danny C. Kim, MD, MSE

Mitya Barreto, MS, DEng

Jane P. Ko, MD

M. Barbara Srichai-Parsia, MD, FAHA, FACC

Alec J. Megibow, MD, MPH, FACR

Description:

​This program will discuss the importance of radiation dose optimization in diagnostic imaging. Topics to be covered include an overview of radiation dose monitoring, scientific principles of radiation dose, and clinical applications of dose optimization in thoracic imaging, cardiac imaging and dual-energy CT applications.

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PET-MRI

September 19, 2012

Speakers

Michael Recht, MD, Chairman Department of Radiology

Fernando Boada, PhD, Director of CAI2R and Co-Director CBI

Hersh Chandarana, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Kent Friedman, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Description:

Recently introduced and FDA approved, the Siemens Biograph mMR is the first whole body system that enables simultaneous PET and MR imaging. This program will briefly discuss this novel technology, current and future applications of performing simultaneous acquisition, and summarize ongoing and planned clinical and research studies

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We gratefully acknowledge generous support for radiology research at NYU Langone Medical Center from:
 
• The Big George Foundation
• Raymond and Beverly Sackler
• Bernard and Irene Schwartz

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