For Immediate Release: American Society of Spine Radiology Announces the First Time Presentation of Results from UCLA/RAND Study on Vertebral Augmentation

OAK BROOK, Ill. (February 22, 2019) — The RAND health staff worked with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to develop the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method to synthesize the scientific literature and expert opinion on health care topics. This method, which has become a leading paradigm for quality assessment in medicine, is a mechanism for reaching formal agreement about how science should be interpreted in the real world. It makes it possible to set rules for determining best practices-guidelines that, when implemented, increase the value of health care dollars spent because they increase the probability that the care delivered will contribute to improved health of the population.

Dr. Joshua Hirsch, principle investigator of this study which was published in the Journal of Spine in November 2018 stated, “This work is critical in this era of some uncertainty about optimized utilization of augmentation procedures. This multi-disciplinary group of leading experts did a systematic review of the literature and that worked through nearly 600 case studies and arrived at a highly usable clinical care pathway.”

Dr. John Go, President of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), expressed satisfaction with hosting this first presentation since publication. “The remarkable thought leaders participating in this study, I would argue, quite naturally included two past presidents of the society.”

About The American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR)

The American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) was founded in 1993 to support educational programs and practicums on spine imaging and intervention, as well as the development of standards of practice for various interventional spine procedures that strengthen the practice of spine radiology. The ASSR has over 600 active U.S. and international members from diverse clinical and scientific backgrounds in spine imaging and intervention.

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