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  • RSNA kicked off 2011 with an update of its strategic plan, clarifying the Society's vision as the premier professional association dedicated to patient care through science and education in radiology. The Society spent the rest of the year, defining metrics and tactics, and meeting the goals set out in the plandiversifying educational offerings, fostering development of imaging technologies, improving healthcare efficiency and effectiveness through radiology informatics and serving as a worldwide leader in radiology.  

    Annual Meeting   

    RSNA 2011, with its theme of “Celebrate the Image,” will feature plentiful new content. A new, earlier March 31 deadline for submission of abstracts for the annual meeting gave the Scientific Program Committee, Refresher Course Committee, Education Exhibits Committee and their subcommittees ample time to develop innovative content in every subspecialty. RSNA received 12,474 abstract submissions734 more than in 2010and accepted 2,124 for education exhibits and 3,019 for formal and informal scientific presentations. 

    A new Pediatric Campus will offer all scientific and education presentations in the pediatric radiology subspecialty in one location to enable focused study throughout the week, while new sessions will offer material tailored to residents and fellows and to hospital administrators. New “Diagnosis LIVE!” sessions will encourage attendees to test their skills against those of their colleagues in a fast-paced interactive environment.   

    Nearly 700 exhibitors will be featured in the Technical Exhibition at RSNA 2011, while expanded pre-meeting offerings include a one-day educational program in Spanish organized by the Interamerican College of Radiology (CIR) and a session focused on helping physicians recover from career burnout.  

    The Virtual Meeting makes its debut this year, expanding the reach of the RSNA annual meeting beyond McCormick Place. With the opportunity to explore a 3D world or  

    participate in 2D via a Web portal, the Virtual Meeting offers both annual meeting attendees and those unable to come to Chicago the opportunity to earn up to 41.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM via scientific and education sessions, to tour Vendor Showcase areas and RSNA Services, and to text and chat with colleagues.  

    RSNA is pleased to honor prominent colleagues during RSNA 2011. The Meeting Program is dedicated to the memory of neuroradiology pioneer T. Hans Newton, M.D., and the New Horizons Lecture was dedicated to the memory of Rosalyn S. Yalow, M.D., a medical physicist who was only the second woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine.  

    Looking ahead to RSNA 2012, the Society will continue its “Presents” series—which in 2011 showcased Indian radiologywith a look at radiology practice and research in Brazil.  

    More Educational Opportunities   

    In addition to the annual meeting, original educational programming accessible throughout the year remained a priority. In 2011, RSNA volunteers and staff continued to develop targeted online programming such as ethics and physics learning modules. Meanwhile, all of RSNA's interactive education programming was enhanced to allow for easier searching by subspecialty area, keyword and other parameters.  

    With regard to Maintenance of Certification (MOC), the Board approved a 11⁄2-day workshop in spring 2012 to expand the library of qualified practice quality improvement (PQI) projects made available to members through the RSNA website. PQI is a component of MOC. RSNA increased the number of self-assessment modules (SAMs) it offers, with the help of a new Content Advisory Panel that studied how existing educational material can be converted into the SAM format.  

    RSNA Publications Capitalize on New Media   

    Central to RSNA’s research and education efforts are the Society’s journals, which remain on the cutting edge as RSNA brings them to readers in ever-expanding formats. Radiology and RadioGraphics are now available as mobile websites and as full-text apps available on the App Store. A multimedia mobile version of RSNA News, known as the RSNA News Tablet Edition, made its debut with the July issue and can be downloaded from the App Store and Android Market.  

    RSNA journals continue to reach more readers worldwide. Selected articles from Radiology are now available in Chinese and from RadioGraphics in German. In addition, Radiology will now offer special collections of curated content and SAMs known as Radiology Select. The new collections will launch with a volume on lung nodules in January 2012 and be available online, in print-on-demand and e-book tablet formats.  

    The impact factor for Radiology is now 6.066, according to the 2010 Journal Citation Reports® from the Thomson/Institute for Scientific Information Annual Citation. Radiology had 44,706 citations, more than any other radiology journal. RadioGraphics posted a 2010 impact factor of 2.760.  

    Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D., will be the new editor of RadioGraphics beginning in January 2012, succeeding William W. Olmsted, M.D., who will retire as editor at the end of this year. Dr. Olmsted has been editor of RadioGraphics since 1989. Dr. Klein is the A. Bradley Soule and John P. Tampas Green and Gold Professor of Radiology and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education in the University of Vermont College of Medicine and chief of thoracic radiology at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.  

    RSNA has established the Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, to be given for the best original scientific article published in Radiology. The award will be announced at the RSNA annual meeting each year starting in 2012.  

    New Imaging Technologies  

    RSNA remains committed to helping radiologists prepare for increasingly quantitative practice by supporting the development of imaging biomarkers. Two biomarkers targeted by the Quantitative Imaging and Biomarkers Alliance, volumetric CT and FDG-PET, reached the early stages of review this past year to be qualified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in clinical trials. A two-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is supporting RSNA's quantitative imaging efforts, which include a corporate visit program to encourage vendors to incorporate quantitative imaging biomarkers into their equipment and software algorithms. RSNA has established a Task Force on Quantitative Imaging and Imaging Biomarkers to advise the Board.  


    The Society is helping to define radiology's response to federal meaningful use policy, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. RSNA collaborated with the research firm KLAS on a joint survey regarding criteria to be used in developing regulations on meaningful use in radiology practice.  

    The Society will look to the future when it convenes a comparative effectiveness research workshop next year, bringing together experts to discuss the latest in patient-centered outcomes research.  

    Launched in 2011 was RSNA Image Share, a Web-based system that allows patients to control access to their information through personal health records (PHR) without relying on CDs. RSNA Image Share, based on common open-standards architecture and currently in testing at five sites, was made possible by a $4.7 million contract with National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.  

    Radiology Leadership   

    RSNA cosponsored the World Molecular Imaging Congress with the Academy of Molecular Imaging and Society for Molecular Imaging (recently merged to form the World Molecular Imaging Society) and European Society for Molecular Imaging, Federation of Asian Societies for Molecular Imaging, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and SNM. RSNA cosponsored a CT dose summitwith the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.  

    In 2012, RSNA will join the SNM Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation in sponsoring the 3rd Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging Symposium. The Society will sponsor a session on pediatric cardiovascular imaging and additional speakers at the 27th International Congress of Radiology (ICR) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and co-sponsor the genitourinary symposium during the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.  

    After this year's successful inaugural Cancer Imaging and Radiation Therapy Symposium emphasizing the interaction between diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology, RSNA and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have agreed to offer another symposium in 2013. The Society continues its contributions to the Image Wisely campaign to increase awareness of radiation exposure in adult imaging.  

    RSNA is now a sponsor of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). In addition, RSNA has expressed its support to the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for a combined training program leading to a primary interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology dual certificate from ABR.  

    As part of a new collaboration with the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA), RSNA has added two slots for medical students in the 2012 Introduction to Academic Radiology program sponsored by RSNA, the Association of University Radiologists and the American Roentgen Ray Society.  


    New Board Member 

    In 2011, RSNA was pleased to welcome MR imaging expert Richard L. Ehman, M.D., as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Ehman served as the Board liaison- designate for science in 2011, working with N. Reed Dunnick, M.D. When Dr. Dunnick becomes the RSNA Board chairman in 2012, Dr. Ehman will assume the role of liaison.  

    R&E Foundation   

    In 2011, the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation awarded 72 grants totaling $2.5 million. The Foundation celebrated its fifth straight year of $1 million in individual donations, allowing the Foundation to expand its efforts to support the next generation of radiologic science and education. The Board appointed James P. Borgstede, M.D., as chair-elect of the 2012 Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees.  


    RSNA members now number a record 48,000, more than double the membership of 20 years ago. About 20 percent are international members, up from just 5 percent in 1990. RSNA is proud to serve as a resource to physicians worldwide as they advance the practice of radiology. 
    Donaldson 2012 
    Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D. Chairman, 2011 RSNA Board of Directors