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  • 2015 Report of the Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • RSNA enjoyed another historic year in 2015 as the Society celebrated 100 years at the forefront of radiology. The organization continued achieving 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. The Board approved a refreshed RSNA Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 at its retreat in January, ensuring continued focus on future success.

    Society Celebrates its 100th Anniversary and 101st Annual Meeting
    RSNA RSNA 2015, with its theme “Innovation is the Key to Our Future,” stirred excitement for members and attendees as the Society turned its attention from honoring the advances of the past century to focus on the Society’s next 100 years of education, research and technologic innovation to advance patient care. In an updated Centennial Showcase, attendees pondered where the technology, innovation and informatics that have driven our specialty thus far will take us next, and imagined how our current efforts in patientcentered care will help us to better serve our patients.

    The New Centennial Showcase exhibits illustrated 3D printing, nanotechnology, virtual reality applications and the future of personalized medicine. The popular virtual Wilhelm Roentgen made a return performance along with Cases of the Future, the Art and Science Gallery and winners of the 2015 Image Contest. Before and during the annual meeting, visitors to the Centennial website were invited to make predictions about future radiologic advancements and browse the gallery of Image Contest submissions.

    Also at RSNA 2015, the Society continued its “Country Presents” sessions, spotlighting Germany and Mexico as partners with the Society in improving medical imaging and patient care around the globe.  


    RSNA is pleased to work with other radiology societies, medical organizations and governmental bodies worldwide to further developments in medical imaging.

    The Board approved a joint International Visiting Professor (IVP) program with the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR) and an RSNA/AOSR Joint Symposium to be conducted at both the RSNA Annual Meeting and the Asian Oceanian Congress of Radiology (AOCR) in 2016.

    RSNA worked with the Interamerican College of Radiology (CIR) to present a symposium on body CT at the CIR course in Cancun in June and presented 25 award-winning digital posters at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie in October in Paris. Continuing the popular RSNA/European Society of Radiology (ESR) collaboration, the Board approved hybrid imaging as the topic of the next RSNA/ESR Symposia to be presented at RSNA 2016 and at ESR’s European Congress of Radiology in 2017.

    RSNA, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Association of University Radiologists have partnered for more than 20 years to deliver the Introduction to Academic Radiology program. With growing interest in the program, the Board approved resources to accept eight Ph.D. students and postdoctoral trainees to the 2016 program. The goal of this outreach program is to inspire talented scientists to consider research careers in the radiologic sciences.

    RSNA and the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) will jointly sponsor a three-year pilot training course on comparative effectiveness research (CER). The RSNA/ASNR CER Training Program goal is to introduce junior faculty and trainees in radiology to the methodology and tools for performing CER. The target launch is in 2016.

    RSNA co-sponsored with the Drug Information Association (DIA) its 2015 Medical Imaging Conference: The Implementation of Audit Methods in Oncology Clinical Trials. The DIA is well-recognized by the communities involved in drug development and this affiliation provides a new and unique opportunity for RSNA to explore synergies with individuals and subjects of interest to QIBA.

    The RSNA 2016 annual meeting will welcome researchers supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) who will be conducting studies on radiological image perception. RSNA will provide space in the Learning Center for a research lab where RSNA meeting attendees will be able to learn about this important area of research and, if they wish, participate in the studies as volunteers.

    Engagement in Image Wisely continues to grow with more than 38,000 pledges and increased activity on the website. Image Wisely is an initiative founded in 2010 by RSNA and the American College of Radiology, American Association of Physicists in Medicine and American Society of Radiologic Technologists to raise awareness in the medical community to choose the best imaging exam for a particular clinical indication and optimize the imaging technique to provide diagnostic images using the lowest radiation dose possible.

    As sponsors of Image Wisely, the RSNA Board and ACR’s leadership approved the IW Executive Committee’s recommendation to update the initiative’s charge and to revise the pledge to require facilities, individuals, associations and educational programs to pledge on an annual basis to reinforce the Image Wisely standards. Starting in 2016, pledgees will receive notification to renew their pledges when they expire on December 31 each year.

    RSNA around the Globe

    The Society provided financial support to the Deutsche Röntgengesellschaftin (DRG) in its efforts to restore the birthplace of Wilhelm Roentgen in Lennep, Germany. DRG, the German Radiological Society, embarked on the project in 2011 when it purchased the property and launched plans to restore the landmark honoring the German physicist and Nobel Prize winner who discovered the X-ray in 1895.

    The Board authorized funding of three scholarships at $3,000 each annually for the InterAmerican College of Radiology’s Latin American School of Radiology.

    RSNA and the American College of Radiology are developing an “ESR Meets the U.S.A.” program to be presented at the European Congress of Radiology in 2017. The program will highlight both societies’ initiatives to further radiology research, clinical applications and patient care.

    In November, the Society was pleased to coordinate with the European Society of Radiology and the American College of Radiology to sponsor the fourth International Day of Radiology (IDoR), with a pediatric imaging theme this year. Other pediatric-focused organizations and initiatives were involved in IDoR such as Image Gently, the Society for Pediatric Imaging, the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging, the European Society of Paediatric Imaging and EuroSafe Imaging.

    Funded Projects

    The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) awarded RSNA a new twoyear, $2.5-million contract to support the Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA) and its research activities. A portion of this funding will support groundwork projects by QIBA members to help validate specific imaging metrics, improve reproducibility and standardization across vendor platforms. This collaboration will produce standards documents, informed by the groundwork activities, physical phantoms and digital reference objects to test the performance specifications in the documents, and data sets to assess compliance. This marks the third multi-year contract between NIBIB and QIBA since 2010.

    The NIBIB also awarded a new two-year contract to RSNA and the Regenstrief Institute Inc., to continue work to harmonize and unify terms for radiology procedures. Creating standardized radiology procedure names will improve the quality, consistency and interoperability of radiology test results in electronic medical record systems and health information exchange. The goal of the project is to produce a single unified source of names and codes for radiology procedures with a cooperative governance process.


    The Board approved emergency radiology as the topic for a new RSNA course to be held June 2-4, 2016, in Cancun, Mexico. The course, “RSNA Spotlight: Advances in Emergency Radiology,” is designed to provide high-quality education to radiologists in Latin America, and will be presented in Spanish.

    Beginning with RSNA 2015, education exhibit authors are now required to submit PDF files of backboard exhibits by the same deadline as electronic exhibits if they wish to be considered for an award. The Board authorized a pilot program at RSNA 2016 to grant CME for select backboard education exhibits using on-line quizzing capabilities embedded in the exhibits.

    Publications and Communications

    All Radiology and RadioGraphics articles accessed online are now accompanied by a list of related articles, to assist in research and deeper exploration of a topic.

    RadioGraphics launched the ABR Diagnostic Radiology Core Exam Study Guide Article Index for easy access to RSNA journal articles chosen by experts in the field as covering material particularly relevant to each section of the exam.

    To continue RSNA’s Centennial celebration throughout 2015, Radiology ran a Golden Oldies monthly supplement spotlighting 15 articles of significance to the advancement in the field of radiology.

    Adding to a collection of RSNA position statements designed to aid RSNA members who need to respond to the media or the public about radiology-related topics that frequently receive prominent coverage in the news, the Board approved new statements on gadolinium and traumatic brain injury.

    In 2015, RSNA News launched “Digitial First,” an online, breaking news feature that allows the magazine to publish news and announcements more quickly than print production and distribution permits. The magazine also launched a periodic “Look Ahead” feature authored by luminaries in radiology predicting what’s ahead in the field.

    Using the data it obtained via focus groups and a usability study, the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee redesigned RadiologyInfo.org to give patients more of what they want when searching for medical information online. From patient-friendly images and new videos to optimized navigation for tablet and smartphone, the new design makes it easier for patients to access the information they want and need to make better informed decisions about their healthcare. RadiologyInfo.org saw record usage throughout the year including three months (March, May and October) with more than 1 million visits per month.

    Reporting and Connectivity

    There are now more than 250 structured reporting templates offered in RSNA’s Reporting library. Free and not subject to license restrictions on their reuse, the report templates create uniformity and improve communication with referring providers and enable practices to meet accreditation criteria and earn payfor- performance incentives. RSNA encourages reporting vendors to use the templates develop software products that enable radiologists to create high-quality radiology reports more efficiently.

    RSNA has formed a Template Library Advisory Panel and invited ESR to appoint up to three members. The Panel is charged with working under the RSNA Structured Reporting Subcommittee of the Radiology Informatics Committee to coordinate development and translation of templates and encourage their adoption and use.

    RSNA is participating in national discussions hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) regarding the establishment of a nationwide roadmap for interoperability in healthcare information.

    New Awards to Propel Research

    The Board approved establishing a new RSNA Travel Awards Program designed to encourage young investigators to submit new research to the RSNA Scientific Program. Students, clinical trainees, and postdoctoral trainees will be eligible to receive $500 travel awards for top-rated abstracts accepted for presentation at RSNA 2016.

    Funded with a donation from Kuo York Chynn, M.D., the Board established the Kuo York Chynn Neuroradiology Research Award—an annual award for the top neuroradiology research paper presented at the RSNA annual meeting. The first award of $3,000 will be presented at RSNA 2016.

    The Austin Radiological Association (ARA) has committed $600,000 to fund the Austin Radiological Association Research Resident Grant through RSNA’s Research & Education (R&E) Foundation, becoming the first private practice group to fund a named grant award.


    The Board approved appointing an RSNA Resident Representative from each radiology residency program in the U.S. Those representatives will be charged with disseminating trainee-related RSNA information.

    The Board of Directors approved appointments of numerous members to leadership positions throughout the organization including RSNA’s Education Exhibits Awards Committee, Scientific Program Committee, and committees overseeing RSNA publications as well as RSNA members to represent the Society in groups hosted by other radiology and medical societies. Volunteers generously give of their time to further the mission of RSNA, and we are incredibly grateful for their dedication. As we look forward to the next century, RSNA volunteers will play a critical role in leading us into the future of radiology.

    Leadership Changes

    At the beginning of 2015 RSNA was pleased to welcome Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., as the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors. Dr. Haffty is an international expert in breast radiation oncology known for his accomplishments in the clinic and classroom, as well as for his groundbreaking cancer research. Dr. Haffty assumed the role of Board Liaison for Science.


    I am pleased to report that RSNA membership now tops 54,000, with members from 140 countries around the globe. On behalf of my colleagues on the RSNA Board of Directors and myself, I thank every member for believing in your Society, and I promise you that we will continue to fulfill the strategic goals of RSNA to help keep the specialty strong and serve our patients.

    Richard L. Ehman, M.D.
    Chair, 2015 RSNA Board of Directors

    Richard L. Ehman, M.D. Chair, 2015 RSNA Board of Directors