Stay Sharp

What are a few ways that radiologists keep sharp during long work shifts? Today we hear from Dr. Shannon Crawford, a radiologist at Nines and a neuroradiologist at the Veterans Administration in Menlo Park, CA.

Before the start of each shift I...
...focus on the day’s goals and plan a short list of tasks pertinent to the current shift that can be accomplished before reading.  Usually this means responding to emails and phone calls as the system is logging on, following up with clinicians on cases that need their attention, and addressing administrative tasks. It’s then a relief to be able to focus on the single task of image interpretation.
Around hour 5 of a shift I stay sharp by...
...breaking up the routine.  I swing by colleagues' offices, walk on an under desk treadmill, do some stretching and grab my last coffee of the day.  I prefer to break up the routine midway through to shake off the blinders when things get repetitive.
My AI hype alarm bells go off when I see...
…most news articles touting the latest breakthrough. To be clear, I embrace the potential of algorithms to make our interpretations more accurate and welcome any system that can make our work less taxing. I realize that news articles have to include hype to garner attention but working closely with Nines engineers tempers the hype since they are in sync with any real breakthrough in the AI community.
The quick resources I use to keep my skills sharp include...
…the usual suspects like StatDx for real-time reference.  Being able to collaborate with sharp colleagues is a true systems advantage when I need a second opinion on a case.  Articles, conferences and videos are still my default for CME, mostly RSNA, ARRS and ASNR.  Online neuroscience resources within and beyond the radiology domain are fascinating and help to tie concepts together, with well presented anatomy, cognitive analysis and connectomics sites being of interest lately.
After a shift I unwind by…
…quiet time with my family, my dogs and my dreams of the Amalfi coast...