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    August 1, 2017

    RSNA Spotlight Course in Colombia a Success



    RSNA’s second Spotlight Course: MSK Interactivo con Casos (MSK: Interactive Course with Cases), held in May in Bogota, Colombia, drew 187 professional attendees from 16 countries.

    The Regional Committee for Latin America (RCLA), which is part of the RSNA International Advisory Committee, assisted in planning the course and recommended musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging as the topic based on the educational needs of RSNA members in Latin America. Course directors Jorge Soto, MD, and Gabriel Dib, MD, led the 2 ½-day program, which was conducted entirely in Spanish.

    Participants learned through interactive and case-based courses that included the popular Cases of the Day and used the RSNA Diagnosis Live™ quiz-based learning format to test their knowledge.

    “I have only received positive comments and thank you notes,” Dr. Soto said about the course. “Thank you to everyone who helped at RSNA, the course was a major success. It is very encouraging to see that Latin American radiologists embrace the efforts of the Society to bring education closer to their homes.”

    The RSNA Board of Directors has announced the Honorary Members who will be honored at the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. They are:

    RSNA 2017

    HassenHassen A. Gharbi, MD Tunis, Tunisia
    MendoncaRenato A. Mendonça, MD São Paulo, Brazil
    RiklundKatrine Riklund, MD, PhD Umeå, Sweden

    Emergency Radiology Focus of Sixth Annual International Day of Radiology (IDoR)


    Join more than 140 radiology-related professional societies from around the globe on Nov. 8 in celebrating the advances that radiologic innovations have brought to patients worldwide.

    IDoR 2017 is dedicated to emergency radiology and the essential role that radiologists play in the emergency room, increasing the quality of care and treatment of patients.

    IDoR is sponsored by RSNA, the European Society of Radiology and the American College of Radiology, with a dedicated website (IDoR2017.com) and social media activities.

    Visit RSNA.org/IDoR for promotional materials you can customize for your practice or organization.

    ARRT Ends Quality Management Certification Program

    The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has announced it will stop issuing new Quality Management (QM) credentials after June 30, 2018.

    According to ARRT, those who already hold the QM credential — or who earn it before July 1, 2018 — can maintain it indefinitely if they choose. The last day to apply to take the QM exam will beJune 1, 2018.

    ARRT made the decision after surveying QM practitioners nationwide, asking what tasks they commonly perform in their jobs. The ARRT has communicated directly with all RTs who hold the QM credential or are working toward earning the designation.


    RSNA values its industry partners that help keep radiology at the forefront of science and technology. Thank you to all our Corporate Partners.

    Gold Corporate Partners
    Change Healthcare
    GE Healthcare
    Hitachi Healthcare Americas
    Siemens Healthineers
    Toshiba Medical

    RSNA Holds QIBA Annual Meeting


    RSNA held the 2017 Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance® (QIBA) Annual Meeting in May in Alexandria, Va. Approximately 90 attendees gathered for the two-day meeting, representing all QIBA stakeholder groups: academic radiologists, physicists, clinicians, researchers, scanner manufacturers, pharmaceutical and software companies, as well as representatives from several government agencies and institutes, including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Plenary speakers discussed the benefits and current payment policies associated with quantitative imaging from the perspective of commercial payers. Krishna Kandarpa, MD, PhD, director of research sciences and strategic directions at NIBIB, provided insight on how current NIH initiatives might benefit from QIBA biomarker development. NIH research priorities and high-profile initiatives include the Precision Medicine Initiative, Cancer Moonshot, Human Placenta Initiative, Human Connectome Initiative, and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) initiative.

    Three panel sessions engaged participants in discussions on topics of cross-modality interest. Discussions included the clinical department chair perspective on integrating quantitative imaging (QI) into radiology, the challenges and rewards of QI algorithm performance challenges, and Imaging Contract Research Organization perspectives on current QI initiatives. Reports from the four modality coordinating committees highlighted QIBA activities, accomplishments and challenges of the past year.

    Ample time was dedicated to working meetings of the various biomarker committees in which members discussed groundwork projects, ways to advance their profile development and associated strategies for profile deployment and adoption.

    Visit RSNA.org/QIBA for more information.

    ACR Recognizes Distinguished Achievement at Annual Meeting

    Gold medals were presented to Bruce J. Hillman, MD, John A. Patti, MD, and Jeffrey C. Weinreb, MD, at the American College of Radiology (ACR) annual meeting held in May in Washington, DC.

    Dr. Hillman is professor of radiology and medical imaging and public health sciences and former chair of radiology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He received the RSNA Gold Medal in 2011 and was recognized as Outstanding Researcher in 2007. Dr. Hillman delivered the New Horizons Lecture at RSNA 1997.

    Dr. Patti is a senior lecturer in radiology at Harvard Medical School and a thoracic radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston. Dr. Weinreb is a professor and vice chair for strategic planning in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.


    Yee Appointed Radiology Chair at Montefiore Medical Center


    Internationally recognized abdominal radiology expert Judy Yee, MD, has been appointed professor and university chair of the Department of Radiology at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y. Dr. Yee succeeds Edward S. Amis, MD, who is stepping down from the position after 25 years.

    Dr. Yee previously served as professor and vice chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was also director of the 3D Imaging Laboratory. Dr. Yee also served as chief of radiology at the San Francisco VA Health Care System.

    An accomplished researcher, Dr. Yee is a renowned pioneer in the development of virtual colonoscopy, which is now used globally for colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis. She has authored more than 150 publications on innovative techniques for liver, pancreatic and gastrointestinal tract imaging. Dr. Yee is the immediate past president of the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

    Dr. Yee currently serves on the Editorial Boards of journals including RadioGraphics, Abdominal Radiology and Journal of Computed Tomography.

    Dr. Yee is a member of the RSNA Public Information Advisors Network (PIAN) and past chair of the RSNA Public Information Committee (PIC). She currently serves as a track chair on the RSNA Refresher Course Committee.

    Numbers in the News

    10 The number of “love boxes” or Breast Cancer Toolkits created for patients at the Sibley Innovation Hub at Johns Hopkins Memorial Hospital. Read more about the patient-focused project.

    211 Number of patients in a Radiology study examining the effectiveness of single- vs. double-needle US procedures for shoulder pain. Read more.

    In Memoriam

    davidDavid O. Cosgrove, BMBCh

    A preeminent leader in ultrasound, David O. Cosgrove, BMBCh, passed away on May 16 in London. He was 78.

    Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Cosgrove left his home at age 17 to attend Oxford University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology in 1961. After earning his medical degree at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London, he returned to Kenya to practice medicine at the Jomo Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi in 1971.

    He subsequently returned to London where he achieved world renown for his pioneering work in ultrasound. Dr. Cosgrove’s contributions to ultrasound were so significant that even though he was not a radiologist, the Royal College of Radiologists in London named him an Honorary Fellow in 1998.

    Dr. Cosgove became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1967 and earned a Master of Science degree in nuclear medicine at the University of London in 1975. He served as consultant in nuclear medicine and ultrasound at Marsden Hospital from 1977 to 1993 when he moved to the Royal Postgraduate School at the Hammersmith Hospital, which later became a part of the Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM). Dr. Cosgrove was awarded a personal chair as Professor of Clinical Ultrasound at ICSM.

    Among his primary contributions to ultrasound, Dr. Cosgrove advanced the clinical role of “radiologic” (non-obstetric) ultrasound, furthered understanding of the basic mechanisms of the ultrasound image-forming process and of Doppler ultrasound, developed and advanced clinical applications of microbubble contrast agents and applied elastography to clinical diagnosis. He co-founded the International Contrast Ultrasound Society in 2008.

    Dr. Cosgrove’s research appeared in numerous scientific journals including Radiology and the European Journal of Gastroenterology.

    As a respected teacher and mentor, he trained a generation of radiologists and sonographers. After retiring in 2004, Dr. Cosgrove become an Emeritus Professor at ICSM but remained active as a teacher and researcher until the time of his death.

    Participants used RSNA Diagnosis Live™ during the Spotlight Course.