March 13, 2017
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Registry launched to improve care, outcomes of patients undergoing image-guided interventional procedures

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The American College of Radiology and the Society for Interventional Radiology announced the launch of an interventional radiology registry to improve patient outcomes and quality of care.

According to a press release from the Society of Interventional Radiology, the collaboration will provide data at the national, regional and practice level to identify areas within the specialty that could potentially be improved.

“Patients will benefit from the IR Registry, as interventional radiologists will be able to compare performance benchmarks and gain the knowledge needed to support highly informed decision-making and to facilitate patient safety and quality improvement efforts,” American College of Radiology CEO William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR, said in the release.

The registry will enable clinicians to fulfill of reporting requirements for CMS gain credits toward the American Board of Radiology’s Maintenance of Certification Part IV.

Topics measured in the registry include the assessment of risk factors prior to difficult central venous access procedures, appropriate venous access for tunneled hemodialysis catheters, uterine artery embolization technique, the rate of early peristomal infection following fluoroscopically guided gastronomy tube placement and the rate of percutaneous nephrostomy tube replacement within 30 days secondary to dislodgment.

“This new registry will provide interventional radiologists with the evidence needed to prove what we intuitively know — that the care we provide is clinically effective, carries a low complication rate and reduces hospital stays, saving money on the front end and returning patients to productive pursuits at work or in the home,” Charles E. Ray, Jr., MD, PhD, FSIR, president of the Society of Interventional Radiology, said in the release. “This registry is the gateway we need to show that interventional radiology is often the patients best option.”

Disclosure: Ray reports no relevant financial disclosures. Thorwarth is an employee of the American College of Radiology.