Washington D.C. May 2013
The GSRQS was conceived and developed by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the European Society of Radiology (ESR), and the International Society of Radiology (ISR) to provide a robust exchange of ideas, concerns and potential solutions to quality and safety issues in diagnostic radiology. Over 50 representatives from various societies around the world attended; Dorothy Bulas MD represented both the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WUFMB) and the WFPI. Marilyn Goske MD, chair of the Alliance, spoke on quality improvement resources provided by the Image Gently Campaign and gave a brief introduction of the WFPI's mission and work to date.
- Day 1: the Appropriateness of Imaging with presentations addressing guidelines, radiation risk, and decision support.
- Day 2: Radiation Protection and Infrastructure with sessions on radiation dose reduction and cultural challenges.
- Day 3: a Quality and Safety panel covering topics such as metrics, reporting, and best practices. Writing sessions in the afternoons were designed to facilitate the development of a white paper for later distribution.
With ultrasound as a major outreach initiative in third world countries, the critical need for education and quality initiatives in ultrasound was emphasized. Who performs the US exams, who interprets the exams, who teaches scanning techniques needs to have a commonality of quality and safety globally. These discussions reminded all that while overutilization was an issue in this summit, underutilization cannot be ignored and is an issue all the leading societies need to take responsibility for.