E1114. Patient-Centered Liver Imaging: Roles of Communication Between Radiologists, Physicians and Patients
  1. Sarah Bastawrous; University of Washington
  2. Ania Kielar; University of Toronto
  3. Alice Fung; Oregon Health & Science University Hospital
  4. Tasneem Lalani; University of Massachusetts
  5. Kathryn Fowler; University of California - San Diego
  6. Humaira Chaudhry; Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  7. Robert Marks; Naval Medical Centre
Communication is an important facet of medicine, in all fields and in all aspects of patient care. Findings ways for radiologists to become engaged in effective, efficient communication with other physicians, members of the health care team and with increasing frequency with patients themselves, will help to promote the value of radiology. The goal of this educational exhibit is to focus on communication opportunities using patient populations who are undergoing liver imaging with LI-RADS.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
This educational exhibit will focus on communication through the lens of patients at risk for helpatocellular carcinoma, focusing on the standardized LI-RADS system. Discuss how patient-centered liver imaging can improve patient satisfaction, quality of care, and patient outcomes. Discuss tools and barriers to consider when building patient-centered imaging in the care of patients with liver disease. Explore the role of the radiologist in patient-centered liver imaging. Describe shifts in care models and effect on patients in terms of seeing their reports before the physicians.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
This educational exhibit will be set up to cover the following topics: Key roles of communication in medicine and specifically in radiology as an interdisciplinary activity, with focus on LI-RADS communication system. Components of patient-centered imaging such as collaboration, shared decision making, timely information, and supportive care. Importance of multidisciplinary teams and inter-professional collaboration in preparing how to best communicate with patients who have liver disease. Use of standardized language in radiology reports. Options for communication with patients including the ability to consult radiologists or radiologist assistants. Patient-friendly website for patients to better understand their liver specific radiology reports, in lay terms. Role of the radiologist and radiology departments for successful patient-centered liver imaging. Radiologist engagement in patient-centered hospital endeavors (e.g., patient partners on quality committees in radiology departments, radiologist involvement in fundraising efforts for liver research, hospital bike rides, etc).

With increasing focus on patient engagement in their medical care, radiologists need to identify ways in which optimized communication in all facets of communication can be used to meet this paradigm shift in our specialty.