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  • RSNA Board of Directors Report

    The RSNA Board of Directors met at RSNA 2017 to assess the Society’s many activities over the past year and plan for the future.

    January 9, 2018

    RSNA 2017: Exploring. Inventing. Transforming. 

    More than 50,000 attendees at RSNA 2017 explored the remarkable innovations transforming radiology. The Connections Center and Discovery Theater continued to be popular spots to relax, network and learn. The Discovery Theater stage offered myriad entertainment and presentations including a lively head-to-head RSNA Diagnosis Live™ game between four residency programs, with the University of Cincinnati taking the trophy. 

    In addition to the wide range of educational courses and scientific sessions offered at the meeting, attendees participated in standing-room- only hands-on machine learning (ML) sessions and enjoyed the new Fast 5 Session, with five speakers presenting compelling ideas in five minutes. The Machine Learning and Start-up Showcases in the Technical Exhibit halls were also crowd-pleasing additions to the annual meeting. 

    Popularity of the Virtual Meeting continued with 134 live-streamed and on-demand courses; 23 of the courses were designated for CME credit via on-demand access following the live sessions.  

    Planning Underway for RSNA 2018 

    The Board is already looking forward to the 104th annual meeting. RSNA President Vijay M. Rao, MD, has selected the theme, “Tomorrow’s Radiology Today” to highlight the extraordinary advances being made every day in our field. The RSNA 2018 plenary speakers are in place and the Image Interpretation Session has been expanded to cover more subspecialties. The Fast 5 Session debuted at RSNA 2017 was so popular that it will be held again in 2018. RSNA and the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology will present a joint symposium at the Asian Oceanian Congress of Radiology 2018 and RSNA 2018 on multimodality head and neck imaging.

    Educational Programming 

    The Board approved the Education Council’s proposal to establish a subcommittee to oversee the entire annual meeting educational program and strive toward program optimization. This  subcommittee will be responsible to review current course offerings and all proposals for new ones, develop guidelines for retiring courses and/or educational course tracks, determine appropriate amount of redundancy in course topics, and develop or solicit innovative delivery formats that can be used by all.

    The Board also approved the Education Committee’s proposal for an invitational workshop in 2018 to discuss an overall vision for RSNA educational programs. This “think tank” will focus on educational trends and environmental shifts in education to fulfill the Society’s  goals to develop educational content to meet the continuing professional development needs of members in a customized manner, respond to member preferences for and attitudes toward digital delivery of RSNA content, and support innovations in the delivery of education and  science content.  

    New Journals 

    The Society will begin publishing three new subspecialty journals in 2019. The journals will be published solely online and will cover cancer imaging, to be launched in January 2019, followed by the launch of ML/artificial intelligence (AI) and cardiothoracic imaging journals. The subspecialty journals will accept new submissions in 2018 and will provide a forum for transferred submissions within the family of Radiology journals. Each journal will contain a mix of original research and topical reviews. RSNA members will receive access to all of these journals as a benefit of membership.   

    Collaborating to Highlight Radiology’s Value 

    RSNA will collaborate with the European Society of Radiology, American College of Radiology and Canadian Association of Radiologists to develop a white paper on the value of radiology with a goal to publish in a high-impact general medical journal such as the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) or The Lancet. The objective is to make the case to the larger medical community and policymakers that value-based healthcare (VBH) concepts must position diagnosis as the first and most important patient outcome, and to establish value-based radiology as a necessary concept within the VBH framework.  

    RSNA Cosponsors NIBIB Workshop on AI 

    The Board will cosponsor an NIBIB invitational consensus workshop on AI in medical imaging with Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, Board liaison for information technology and annual meeting, as the RSNA representative. It is expected to be a two-day meeting in August or September 2018. 

    RSNA on ML at ECR 2018 

    Dr. Langlotz will also represent RSNA as an invited speaker on ML at ECR 2018.


    James P. Borgstede, MD


    RSNA Board of Directors

    Borgstede 2018