Breast Imaging — A Natural Fit for Imaging 3.0™

The following post was contributed by guest blogger Dana Smetherman, MD, MPH, FACR, vice chair, department of radiology, section head, breast imaging, Ochsner Health System  

As many radiologists know, Imaging 3.0™ is the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) initiative to help its members chart their course in our changing health care environment and make the transition from volume-based to value-based care. As part of these efforts, the ACR has incorporated Imaging 3.0 into the content of the new Continuous Professional Improvement (CPI) Breast Radiology Module 2014. Imaging 3.0 is a practice model that encourages and highlights the contributions of imaging and imagers to patient-focused care. Breast imaging, in many ways, is a natural fit with Imaging 3.0, and radiologists already incorporate Imaging 3.0 philosophies into the breast imaging sections of their practices.

Actionable reporting? Just look at BI-RADS®. Transparency in communicating results to patients? The lay letters that explain the findings on breast imaging studies have been giving our patients clear, easily understandable results for years. Empowering patients as active participants in their health care? Consider the impact of patient advocacy groups for breast cancer causes.

The Imaging 3.0 content in the new breast imaging CPI module provides models of and suggestions for incorporating Imaging 3.0 principles into your practice. The first offering is a case study outlining how one radiology department embraced the challenges wrought by legislation mandating the inclusion of breast density information in mammography lay letters and helped their patients navigate this new landscape. The second is a two-part chart that identifies potential opportunities to engage in value-based efforts, like those promoted by Imaging 3.0, in radiology practices, hospitals and the community at large.

To learn more about the new CPI Breast Radiology Module 2014, visit

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