ITA faculty and staff were invited participants at the MGH Radiological Society 2017 Hampton Symposium. The MGH Radiological Society, which fosters professional, scientific, and medical interactions amongst radiology alumni at Mass General.

The event started with the Distinguished Alumnus Presentation, Rebranding the Radiologist by Geralding McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR.

Research talks by the ITA included The Search for High-Value Healthcare by ITA Director Pari V. Pandharipande, MD, MPH. Chin Hur, MD, MPH presented Building Simulation Models to Assess Cancer Interventions:  The NIH CISNET Comparative Modeling Consortium. And Amy Knudsen, PhD delivered a talk Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations: From Decision Science to Health Policy.

The ITA was also invited to particpate in a meet & greet poster session:

Genetic Testing to Guide MRI Screening for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: Results of a Microsimulation Model

Presenter: Mary Linton Peters, MD
PI: Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH

Imaging Follow-up of Low-risk Incidental Findings: Effects of Patient Age and Comorbidity Level on Projected Life Expectancy Benefits

Presenter: Tiana Raphel, BA;
PI: Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH

Cytosponge Tissue Sampling to Screen for Barrett's Esophagus: a CISNET Modeling Analysis

Presenter: Ayman Ali, BS
PI: Chin Hur, MD, MPH

Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents: a Cost-effectiveness Analysis

Presenter: Jin Choi, BS
PI: Chin Hur, MD, MPH

Cost-effectiveness of Multitarget Stool DNA Testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening of Medicare Beneficiaries

Presenter & PI: Amy Knudsen, PhD

Benefits and Harms of Lung Cancer Screening in HIV Infected Individuals: a Simulation Study

Presenter: Steven Criss, BS
PI: Chung Yin Kong, PhD

Controlling Smoking-related Diseases in China: Use of a Simulation Model to Project the Impact of Health Policy Interventions

Presenter: Deirdre Sheehan, MPH
PI: Chung Yin Kong, PhD

Timing of Hepatitis C Treatment in Patients on the Liver Transplant Waiting List: Simulation of a Virtual Trial

Presenter: Sumeyye Samur, PhD
PI: Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD

Cost-effectiveness of Surveillance for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Hepatitis C Patients

Presenter: Qiushi Chen, PhD
PI: Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD)

A Health-related Quality-of-life Index for Patients with Lung Cancer

Presenter & PI: J. Shannon Swan, MD

The Thyroid Cancer Policy Model: a Mathematical Simulation Model of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in the U.S. Population

Presenter: Tiannan Zhan, MS
PI: Carrie Lubitz, MD, MPH

Diagnostic Yield of Recommendations for Chest CT Examination Prompted by Outpatient Chest Radiographic Findings

Presenter & PI: H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD

ITA Senior Scientist Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD and two PCORT alumni are featured in the WBUR series ‘This Moment in Cancer’. Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, is Chief, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH is Medical Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.

Both Drs. Chhatwal and Jackson are featured in the story ‘From the War on Cancer to the Moonship: ‘What’s different Now is Everything’’. Dr. Chhatwal discusses the affordability of the new, more effective therapies, and Dr. Jackson addresses some shortcomings of the new targeted drug therapies.

Dr. Jackson is also featured in From The 'Lowest Of Lows' To The 'Highest Of Highs': Navigating A New Reality After A Cancer Turnaround

Dr. Lathan discusses how poverty can impact treatment in ‘‘It’s Not An Even Playing Field’: How Financial Instability Takes A Toll On Cancer Patients‘’.

Dr. Chhatwal is interviewed in ‘As Cancer Drugs' Prices Skyrocket, Experts Worry About Burden On Patients, Health Systems’

The entire series is available at

A recent study in Radiology found that CT results impact clinical decision making and substantially increase diagnostic confidence among primary care physicians (PCPs).

Ninety-one PCPs completed pre- and post-CT surveys related to the care of 373 patients in institutions across the country.