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  • 2012 Report of the Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • (This report was presented to the Board of Directors during RSNA 2012).

    RSNA stayed on the leading edge of radiology in 2012, adding cutting-edge topics and new formats to its portfolio of research and education opportunities, bringing together stakeholders to advance quantitative imaging and collaborating with other societies on education and public information.

    Annual Meeting

    RSNA 2012, with its theme of "Patients First," featured plentiful programming focused on patient-centered care, including communicating with patients and providing dose-optimized imaging. The annual meeting saw the launch of "Radiology Cares," a new patient-centered radiology campaign to encourage and facilitate radiologists' meaningful engagement in the patient experience.

    The Virtual Meeting was expanded for RSNA 2012, allowing attendees and non-attendees alike to access even more content beyond the meeting day at McCormick Place. Live presentations were offered Sunday through Friday. Participation in the Virtual Meeting offered physicians the opportunity to earn up to 78.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

    Also expanded for RSNA 2012 were RSNA DxLive™ sessions, which feature technology that allows participants to use their personal digital devices to compete against one another as they submit case diagnoses. RSNA is pleased to see DxLive being integrated into resident training programs as it is proving to be a popular educational tool.

    Mobile Connect, a new area of RSNA Services at the annual meeting, helped attendees learn how to get the most out of their mobile devices and learn more about RSNA mobile offerings. The new RSNA 5K Fun Run attracted more than 400 participants and supporters, with all proceeds benefiting the Research & Education Foundation.

    Named at RSNA 2012 were the first recipients of the new RSNA Honored Educator program, designed to recognize on an annual basis those who make significant contributions to the educational content offered by RSNA.

    At RSNA 2012 the Society presented its first Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, given for the best original scientific article published in Radiology. The 2012 award recognized the article, "Swedish Two-County Trial: Impact of Mammographic Screening on Breast Cancer Mortality during 3 Decades," published in the September 2011 issue of Radiology. Lead author László Tabár, M.D., is a professor of radiology at the University of Uppsala School of Medicine and medical director of the Department of Mammography at Falun Central Hospital, in Sweden.

    Radiology's Future

    The RSNA Image Share project, designed to help patients access and control their medical images and reports, is expanding its reach by deploying systems to new facilities and enrolling patients to use the network. The RSNA Image Share project began in 2009 with five pilot academic institutions and has enrolled approximately 2,000 patients, with as many as 28 sites to be added by spring 2013.

    The project was launched through a $4.7 million National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) contract to build a secure, patient-centric medical imaging sharing network based on common open-standards architecture. RSNA has been awarded an additional $10.5 million successor grant from NIBIB for two- to four-years' contracted work to extend the number of participating sites and patients and to move Image Share from a demonstration project to a nationally adopted set of standards.

    The Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA), created by RSNA to unite researchers, healthcare professionals and industry stakeholders to advance quantitative imaging and the use of imaging biomarkers in clinical trials and practice, has expanded its scope to include ultrasound and specifically shear wave speed liver elastography. Previously formed committees continue to focus on CT volumetry, COPD/asthma, perfusion/diffusion/flow-MRI, fMRI and FDG-PET.

    QIBA also has funded another 10 studies that explore quantitative imaging with CT, MR and nuclear medicine. Funding for the projects is supported by a $2.4 million contract awarded to RSNA by the NIBIB in 2010.

    Continuing Education

    RSNA continues to add to its library of American Board of Radiology (ABR)-qualified Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) Project templates. A new set of templates developed during a June workshop brings the total of templates offered by RSNA to more than two dozen. The templates are designed so that after diplomates have completed one or two PQI projects, they should feel prepared to develop and implement their own. Each PQI Project template provides the key elements including potential interventions, reference materials and project metrics. New this year is the inclusion of several projects suitable for group participation.

    As a participating organization in the Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM), RSNA was pleased to help award the first ARLM Certificates of Achievement since the academy was launched in 2011. The certificates recognize dedication to furthering leadership and management skills by participating in a wide array of ARLM-approved leadership courses offered through its sponsoring organizations: RSNA, the Association of University Radiologists (AUR); American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS); Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD); and the Association of Administrators in Academic Radiology Departments (AAARAD).


    Partnerships that RSNA formed with other societies over the past year strive to enhance radiology education around the globe, support new technologies and promote the specialty.

    RSNA will collaborate with the Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo for the São Paulo Radiological Meeting in 2014, 2016 and 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil. RSNA will help develop material and courses not traditionally covered at the meeting and support the travel of some North American speakers.

    In February 2013, RSNA and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) will again host the Cancer Imaging and Radiation Therapy Symposium, focusing on the collaboration between radiation oncologists and clinical radiologists in determining the extent of a patient's cancer, developing the best radiation treatment plan and monitoring for response and recurrence.

    RSNA is once again a co-sponsor of the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC), to be held in September 2013 in Savannah, Ga.

    In another collaboration with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, RSNA created online education modules focusing on estimating radiation risk and the regulatory/accountability environment of medical practice.

    RSNA cosponsored, along with the European Society of Radiology and the American College of Radiology, the first "International Day of Radiology" on November 8, 2012. The day marked the 117th anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray and the tremendous advances in patient care made possible by radiation therapy and medical imaging exams, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Participating societies around the globe joined in the celebration.

    Publications and Communications

    RSNA's scholarly journals remain some of the most-read and most-cited in the specialty. The impact factor for Radiology is 5.726, according to the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® from the Thomson/Institute for Scientific Information Annual Citation. RadioGraphics posted a 2011 impact factor of 2.854.

    In 2012 RSNA unveiled Radiology Select, a continuing series of selected Radiology articles highlighting developments in imaging science, techniques and clinical practice. Each volume focuses on a particular topic important in the field and is supplemented by commentaries, author interviews, podcasts and SAM opportunities.

    New RadioGraphics editor Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D., sought to continue the strong, 30-plus year tradition of RSNA's education journal with some changes during his first year. Dr. Klein restructured the editorial board, implemented an electronic scoring system for review of education exhibits at the RSNA annual meeting and integrated RSNA's RadLex® lexicon into the manuscript submission system. Development of new sections, including one for radiology residents and fellows, is also under way.

    The contributions of former RadioGraphics editor William W. Olmsted, M.D., were recognized this year when the RSNA Board approved renaming RSNA's editorial fellowship for trainees in his honor. Beginning in 2013 the fellowship will be known as the RSNA William W. Olmsted Editorial Fellowship for Trainees.

    New RSNA.org

    Early 2012 saw the unveiling of the new RSNA.org, with consolidated content and logical categories that make it easy for users to access, relevant information in as few clicks as possible. Results of user surveys and focus groups guided this important redesign.

    RSNA re-designed its education search page as well this past year, making it even easier for members to browse hundreds of online education opportunities custom-built for radiology.

    Leadership Changes

    RSNA was pleased to welcome Vijay M. Rao, M.D., as the newest member of the Board of Directors. A global authority on head and neck imaging also recognized for her health services research in radiology, Dr. Rao is the David C. Levin Professor and Chair of Radiology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

    R&E Foundation

    The RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees approved $2.9 million in funding—the highest in the Foundation's history—for grants in 2012. The Foundation thanks Theresa C. McLoud, M.D. for her service and welcomes James P. Borgstede, M.D., as the new chair of the Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees.

    The R&E Foundation is collaborating with other societies to offer new grant awards. With the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), the R&E Foundation is offering the ASNR/RSNA Research Scholar Grant to provide career development for those who have completed neuroradiology training and are pursuing a career in neuroradiology research.

    Collaboration with the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) has resulted in the biennial AUR/RSNA Education Scholar Grant. The recipient will be matched with a mentor and receive recognition at the AUR annual meeting.

    The RSNA Board of Directors approved a capital transfer of $1 million from the RSNA operating reserves to the R&E Foundation for fiscal 2013.


    RSNA members now number a record 50,000-plus. About one-quarter are international members. RSNA is proud to serve as a resource to physicians worldwide as they advance the practice of radiology.

    RSNA Centennial

    Certainly RSNA's founders could not have imagined such a large membership when they started RSNA back in 1915. The Society is preparing to celebrate them as it commemorates the RSNA Centennial with a year-long celebration that begins with the Society's 100th annual meeting in 2014 and continues through RSNA 2015.

    N. Reed Dunnick, MD
    Chairman, 2012 RSNA Board of Directors

    N. Reed Dunnick, MD Chairman, 2012 RSNA Board of Directors