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  • 2014 Report of the Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • In 2014, with a spectrum of programs, services and collaborations—fueled by tireless efforts of hundreds of Society volunteers—RSNA fulfilled its strategic goals to advance the radiological sciences, foster the development of new technologies, offer education in a variety of media, facilitate informatics strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and serve as a worldwide leader in radiology.

    100th Annual Meeting

    RSNA 2014 was a special milestone as the Society celebrated its 100th annual meeting. The centerpiece of activity was the Centennial Showcase, where meeting attendees could discover the advancements that shaped radiology and RSNA. The Showcase, which will return for RSNA 2015 when the Society celebrates the 100-year anniversary of its founding, features a historical timeline, special welcome from a virtual Wilhelm Roentgen, Cases of the Century, a gallery of artistic and cutting-edge medical images and more.

    The Technical Exhibits area also commemorated the Centennial, with a special grand opening ceremony on Sunday featuring leaders and industry partners celebrating a century of technology and innovation. The technical exhibit area in the South Hall at McCormick Place featured a gallery of X-ray art by Dutch radiation physicist Arie van’t Reit, while in the North Hall attendees could pose in a re-creation of Wilhelm Roentgen’s laboratory complete with a life-size Roentgen mannequin.

    Centennial activities peaked with the Sip & Savor Social, an evening of entertainment, drinks and tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants.

    In July 2014 RSNA unveiled its Centennial website featuring an interactive timeline of radiology milestones to which visitors could add their own. Visitors could also submit and vote on entries to an image contest, the winners of which were featured in the Centennial Showcase at RSNA 2014.

    The RSNA 2014 program also included a mock trial on the topic of incidentalomas and failure to diagnose. In addition, more sessions were enabled with Diagnosis Live technology this year, giving attendees the opportunity to face off against their colleagues in a friendly competitive environment. RSNA also continued its “Country Presents” sessions at RSNA 2014, spotlighting Canada as a longstanding Society partner and the Republic of Korea for its consistent and growing contributions to RSNA.

    RSNA 2014 offered an expanded Virtual Meeting with 50 percent more content than the previous year and the opportunity for radiologic technologists to obtain continuing education credit. 

    Updated Strategic Plan

    At the Board’s retreat in January 2014, a refreshed RSNA Strategic Plan for 2014-2019 was approved. A focus of the retreat was the topic of education, and discussion centered on a vision of RSNA as a leading source of radiology education that includes resources for an organized, mentored educational process, a wider variety of education offerings, new audiences, alternative content delivery models, and new uses of technology.


    RSNA is pleased to work with other radiologic and medical societies to further excellence in imaging worldwide.

    RSNA has partnered with the Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo (SPR) for the joint planning of Jornada Paulista de Radiologia (JPR) in 2014, 2016 and 2018. JPR is among the leading medical imaging meetings in Latin America. RSNA works with SPR to plan meeting content, provide speakers and assist in developing materials and courses that are not typically offered at JPR.  The strong partnership extends to the staff of RSNA and SPR, who are working together to make these joint meetings possible and increasing the opportunities for members of the two societies to interact.

    The 2014 JPR meeting, held in May in São Paulo, Brazil, drew more than 5,000 attendees. Members of the RSNA Board of Directors were among 36 RSNA lecturers on various radiologic topics. RSNA introduced new tracks of professionalism and introduction to research, as well as new teaching methods of case-based review and controversies.

    RSNA also co-sponsored the 2014 World Molecular Imaging Congress, held in September in Korea, and presented an RSNA educational showcase at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie in October in Paris. The Society was also pleased to coordinate with the European Society of Radiology and the American College of Radiology to sponsor the third International Day of Radiology in November 2014, with a focus this year on brain imaging.

    Looking ahead to 2015, RSNA will sponsor a Body CT Symposium at the Interamerican College of Radiology Second Refresher Course in June 2015 in Cancun, Mexico. RSNA will plan the symposium and provide four speakers and include two CIR speakers as well.

    RSNA is proud of its domestic partnerships as well. RSNA’s Research Development Committee worked in 2014 with the American Society for Clinical Pathology to envision the field of integrated diagnostics. At RSNA 2015, the Society will collaborate with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging on a session on Targeted Radioisotope Therapy.


    RSNA thanks its volunteers for their hours of service to committees involved in publications, the annual meeting, education and other initiatives. Among new committees formed in 2014 was a Regional Committee: Middle East/Africa, which joined the Regional Committees for Latin America, Asia/Oceania and Europe in facilitating participation in RSNA activities and in coordinating outreach in the respective regions.

    In addition, a new Committee on Scientific Affairs will oversee RSNA’s strategic science initiatives, monitor emerging trends in imaging research and technology and design and implement programs to highlight gaps in imaging science and technology development.

    A Template Library Advisory Panel, which will work under the Structured Reporting Subcommittee of the Radiology Informatics Committee, was established to promote development and maintain a library of templates for structured radiology reports. The European Society of Radiology has been invited to appoint representatives members to the Advisory Panel and collaborate in: providing expertise for the development of radiology reporting templates; soliciting and developing reporting templates for inclusion in the library; reviewing templates submitted to the Open template library; and annotating report templates in the Select library with terms from RadLex® and other ontologies.

    As part of its review of the composition and charge of each RSNA committee, the Board established some targets for the appropriate inclusion of members-in-training and corresponding members in the committee appointments process.

    Funded Projects

    RSNA received grants from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) for two projects critical to radiology’s future. NIBIB has funded a project to create a single, nationally recognized medical lexicon by merging the RSNA RadLex radiology lexicon with the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®), a universal code system for identifying laboratory and clinical observations.

    NIBIB also awarded RSNA a $1.25 million contract to support research groundwork and profile development by the Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA). Included are projects that characterize the performance and sources of variability associated with quantitative imaging, as well as planning and development of digital reference objects, physical phantoms and profile field testing. The NIBIB later announced it will provide an additional year of funding to RSNA/QIBA, marking the fourth consecutive year the NIBIB has funded QIBA research. The latest $1.27 million award supports QIBA projects and activities including development of a Quantitative Imaging Data Warehouse, research to characterize the sources of bias and achievable precision associated with quantitative imaging, and to further develop and test phantoms and digital reference objects. 


    In response to the demand for the RSNA Scan: 2012 Year in Review at the last annual meeting, a new edition was developed. Released at RSNA 2014, the RSNA Scan: 2013 Year in Review features a collection of scientific and educational material, including most-viewed journal articles, most misdiagnosed Cases of the Day, award-winning education exhibits, plenary sessions and more.

    The Board also authorized RSNA speakers for JPR 2015 in São Paulo and the Association of Colombian Radiology in Cartagena in August 2015. In addition the Board approved an increase in the maximum number of visits through the International Visiting Professor (IVP) program from four to five annually.

    RSNA has partnered with AAPM to support a total of eight new Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP)-accredited imaging physics residencies over the next six years. Each organization is providing $560,000 in funding for new imaging physics residencies in either diagnostic or nuclear medicine.


    In 2014 RSNA celebrated issuing its one millionth RadioGraphics CME certificate.

    RadioGraphics began offering CME credit for articles in 1992 through a tear-out postcard CME test that readers filled out and mailed to RSNA. In March 1998, RadioGraphics added interactive online CME testing allowing readers to answer multiple-choice questions onscreen and receive scoring, feedback and access to their earned certificate. All online RadioGraphics CME tests underwent a revolutionary redesign in late 2013, allowing access from mobile devices for

    the first time. RSNA transitioned to online-only CME test submissions in May 2014.

    In late 2014 RSNA was pleased to unveil a “related articles” recommendation tool on its journals websites. Accessing any article in the online edition of Radiology or RadioGraphics will now yield a list of suggested further reading, driven by a search engine using RadLex terms.

    Leadership Changes

    At the beginning of 2014 RSNA was pleased to welcome James P. Borgstede, M.D., an accomplished clinician and educator whose experience and expertise in radiology economics, quality and safety, and healthcare politics have made him a voice for the specialty, as the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors. Dr. Borgstede assumed the position of Board Liaison for International Affairs.

    Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., an accomplished breast imager and staunch advocate of patient-centered radiology, became the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors beginning in mid-March. Dr. Mahoney was appointed as Board Liaison for Publications and Communications to replace William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., who became the executive director of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in April.


    I’m pleased to report that RSNA membership now tops 54,000, with members from more than 130 countries around the globe. I—along with my colleagues on the RSNA Board of Directors—look forward to helping fulfill RSNA’s mission to serve the specialty throughout the coming year, the 100th anniversary of the Society’s founding.

    Richard L. Baron, M.D.

    Chairman, 2014 RSNA Board of Directors

    Richard L. Baron, MD Chairman, 2014 RSNA Board of Directors