The Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal (CARJ) Editorial Board is comprised of members from across Canada that make an invaluable contribution to the journal and are integral to its ongoing success. Recently published articles in the journal illuminate the breadth and quality of radiology research underway in institutions across Canada. This research is often under the leadership or mentorship of members of the Editorial Board. Some of those contributions are highlighted below.
What diagnostic radiology competencies are most valued by future referring physicians?
Radiologists work in close collaboration with other healthcare professionals, and the smooth functioning of those relationships are key to optimizing the efficacy of radiology departments. Research recently published by Stefanie Lee, Namita Sharma, Yoan Kagoma, and Andrea Lum (Editorial Board member, London), evaluated which aspects of the Royal College CanMEDS competencies for diagnostic radiology are considered most important by future referring physicians. This was based on a survey of current medical residents and clinical fellows. The results from 115 surveys made clear that there is a benefit to strengthening inter-professional communication while constantly striving to integrate radiologists as valued members of the broader healthcare team.
How does imaging add value for embryological and anatomical teaching?
In their review article about embryology of the lower limb, Emmad Qazi, Joerg Wilting, Neeral Patel, Abdullah Alenezi, Sean Kennedy, Kong Tan, Arash Jaberi, and Sebastian Mafeld (Editorial Board member, Toronto), delve into lower limb arterial anatomy, along with common variants and their clinical relevance. Anatomical knowledge is crucial for accurate radiology reporting, and for the success of endovascular and surgical management. In a companion commentary, Adrian P. Brady (ESR) highlights the utility of medical imaging as a visualization tool for embryological and anatomical teaching, emphasizing the degree to which an awareness of embryology may serve the radiologist.
Does tweeting bias exist in imaging literature?
Radiology research and publishing are increasingly visible on social media platforms, as authors make use of the power of tweets and @mention to disseminate their research results to colleagues and the wider scientific community. A new study by Zachary Hallgrimson, Nicholas Fabiano, Jean-Paul Salameh, Lee Treanor, Robert Frank, Anahita Sharifabadi, and Matthew McInnes (Editorial Board member, Ottawa) investigates whether tweeting bias exists within imaging literature. The team examined whether studies with positive titles or conclusions are tweeted more frequently than their negative or neutral counterparts. Reassuringly, their results demonstrated that the positivity of an article’s title was not associated with the number of tweets it received, though there is likely still work to be done to disentangle the impact of tweeting bias and citation bias on patient care.
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