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    October 1, 2017

    IRIYA Participants at 2017 Annual Meeting

    The RSNA Introduction to Research for International Young Academics (IRIYA) program encourages young radiology professionals to strengthen and grow their teaching and research careers. The program offers young academics the chance to attend specialized courses, small group discussions and other networking opportunities during the RSNA annual meeting.

    The 2017 IRIYA participants and their home countries are:

    Monika Arzanauskaite, MD - United Kingdom
    Jae Seok Bae, MD - Republic of Korea
    Deepashri Basavalingu, MBBS, MD - India
    Bayarbaatar Bold, MD - Thailand
    Joanna Marie Choa, MD - Philippines
    Maria Cucos, MD - Romania
    Chinthaka De Silva, MBChB, PGDipSurgAnat - New Zealand
    João Pedro Filipe, MD, MSc - Portugal
    Dina Haroun, MD, MSc - Egypt
    Tejeshwar Jugpal, MD - India
    Ramin Pourghorban, MD - Iran
    Maria Serra, MD - Argentina
    Susan Shelmerdine, MBBS - United Kingdom
    Estafania Terrazas Torres, MD - Mexico
    David Timaran Montenegro, MD - Mexico
    Sevcan Türk, MD - Turkey
    Ashlesha Udare, MBBS, MD, DNB - India
    Federica Vernuccio, MD - Italy

    RSNA R&E Foundation Grant Applications Open


    The RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation awards millions of dollars each year to promising researchers and educators in radiology. Many past recipients have credited an R&E grant for sparking a career in academic research and opening doors to additional funding from national resources.

    The online application process will open in October, and deadlines for applications begin in January. Visit RSNA.org/Foundation to read about current and past funded projects, discover the grants available and learn how to apply.

    ISMRM/RSNA Co-Provided Workshop on High-Value MRI

    The economics and value of MRI in healthcare will be the topic of discussion at a workshop co-provided by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and RSNA to be held Feb. 18-20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Presentations, posters and panel discussions will include the current and future reimbursement system for MRI, key clinical technologies and procedural innovations being developed to decrease exam time and increase diagnostic impact, how CER can affect imaging research and the potential opportunities of MRI to improve the patient experience. The deadline for abstract submission is Dec. 8.

    Attendees will learn to maximize the impact of MRI research and improve the efficiency of MRI operations. For more information, go to ismrm.org/workshops/18HighValue.

    New Content on RSNA Education

    Since the recent launch of a new online education platform, RSNA continues to update the available resources on the site at RSNA.org/Education. RSNA Education content is a free resource for members. For more information, contact customerservice@rsna.org or 1-630-571-7873.

    RSNA IVP Team Makes First Trip to Indonesia

    The RSNA International Visiting Professors (IVP) program kicked off 2017 with a first-time visit to Indonesia.

    The team was comprised of Athanasios D. Gouliamos, MD, PhD, professor of radiology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School in Athens, Greece, Maheen Rajput, MD, clinical associate professor of radiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and Robert M. Steiner, MD, professor of radiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

    To support the IVP’s goal of teaching around the globe, the professors spoke to faculty, residents and medical students at hospitals in Jakarta, Makassar and Yogyakarta. The IVP team visited radiology departments, saw hands-on teaching and reviewed local radiology cases. The doctors also reviewed each department’s protocols and made recommendations for improvements in radiation reduction.

    The doctors completed their trip by speaking at the Indonesian Society of Radiology’s Annual Meeting in Yogyakarta. The IVP team also listened to presentations and reviewed posters related to the wide variety of pathology-related imaging and other diseases and conditions that are common in Indonesia.

    Another RSNA IVP team visited Mexico in 2017. The team, comprised of H. Carisa Le-Petross, MD, a professor of radiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and Frederico F. Souza, MD, a body radiologist at the Baptist Health South Florida, Miami.

    After both professors visited the Mexican Federation of Radiology and Imaging meeting in Cancun, Dr. Le-Petross traveled on to LeÓn in central Mexico and Dr. Souza went to Monterrey in the northern part of the country.

    Dr. Le-Petross visited Unidad Médica de Alta Especialidad IMSS BAJIO Hospital, where she presented formal didactic lectures followed by case presentations and more informal discussions.

    Dr. Souza visited Hospital Universitario, Universidad AutonÓma de Nuevo LeÓn (UANL), where he presented lectures and interpretation sessions to residents and toured the hospital and visited the 3-D Imaging Printing Laboratory.

    The Indonesia trip was supported by Agfa HealthCare. Along with Indonesia and Mexico, this year’s IVP host nations are Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Latvia and Peru.

    ICRU Issues Report on Stereotactic Treatments with Small Photon Beams

    The International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) has released Report 91, which provides comprehensive recommendations on stereotactic treatments with small photon beams.

    The ICRU, which aims to develop internally acceptable recommendations regarding quantities and units of radiation and activities, published, “Prescribing, Recording and Reporting of Stereotactic Treatments with Small Photon Beams,” which recommends a strict definition of target volumes [gross tumor volume (GTV) clinical target volume (CTV)] by reviewing imaging modalities used in clinical practice.

    This report also covers fundamentals of small-field dosimetry, treatment-planning algorithms, commissioning and quality assurance for the existing delivery systems, as well as the role of image guidance during delivery. It also recommends a framework for prescribing, recording and reporting stereotactic radiotherapy, and covers most of the pathologies eligible for stereotactic delivery (malignant and non-malignant).

    The report is consistent with previous ICRU reports: 50 (1993), 62 (1999) and 83 (2010).

    For more information, contact David A. Schauer, ScD, CHP, aticru@icru.org.

    In Memoriam

    Thornbury John “Jack” R. Thornbury, MD

    Considered a founder of genitourinary radiology, John “Jack” R. Thornbury, MD, died on July 3 in Longmont, CO. He was 88.

    Born in Cleveland, Dr. Thornbury attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. Following two years of active military duty at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT, he completed his radiology residency at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, in 1961.

    He began his radiology career at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine in Denver and continued his academic radiology career at medical schools including the University of Iowa, the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of Rochester, NY. He served as a radiology professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison, from 1989 until his retirement in 1994.

    In addition to bringing national recognition to the field of genitourinary radiology, Dr. Thornbury is credited with pioneering procedures such as the needle aspiration exploration of renal mass lesions and various percutaneous needle aspiration biopsy methods of the chest.

    He served as president of the Society of Abdominal Radiology, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974 and received the Howard M. Pollack Gold Medal in 2005. He presented the American Roentgen Ray Society Caldwell Lecture in 1993, received an American Board of Radiology Distinguished Service Award and the Association of University Radiologists Gold Medal.

    Dr. Thornbury was a member of the RSNA Scientific Program Committee for breast imaging and was a frequent Radiology contributor.

    Kereiakes James G. Kereiakes, PhD

    A national authority on radiopharmaceutical dosimetry and a preeminent physics educator, James G. Kereiakes, PhD, died on June 26 in Cincinnati. He was 92.

    Dr. Kereiakes received his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He spent nine years at the U.S. Army Medical Research Lab in Fort Knox, KY, before returning to the University of Cincinnati. He became professor of radiology in 1968, a position he held until he retired in 1991, and became professor emeritus of clinical radiology at the university.

    A prolific author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, chapters and books, Dr. Kereiakes was an international expert on the biologic effects of radiation. He was asked by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army to evaluate the impact of radiation released from the Chernobyl reactor meltdown on the health of U.S. military personnel in Europe.

    Dr. Kereiakes was a founding member of the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Fund (now the R&E Foundation), was elected RSNA third vice-president in 1982 and served on numerous committees. He received the RSNA Gold Medal in 1988.

    Dr. Kereiakes was a founding member and former president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and received its William D. Coolidge Award in 1981. He was recognized with the Daniel Drake Award in 1994 by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Numbers in the News

    34Percentage increase in relative value units (RVUs) for radologists in 2016, new survey shows. Read how workload is connected to increasing burnout, here.

    90 Percentage of the $17.5 million goal raised for the R&E Inspire-Innovate- Invest Campaign. Read more.

    133 Number of live-streamed and on-demand courses available through the RSNA 2017 Virtual Meeting. Read more.

    IVP Indonesia
    IVP members Maheen Rajput, MD, and Robert M. Steiner, MD, (seated in front of computer) review local radiology cases with faculty and students during their 2017 RSNA IVP trip to Indonesia.

    Frederico F. Souza, MD, visited Hospital Universitario, Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León (UANL) where he taught radiology residents.