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    December 01, 2013

    News and Announcements

    Numbers in the News

    4.02
    Percentage increase in median compensation for interventional radiologists in 2012, according to the latest results from an annual survey. Diagnostic radiologists saw a 1.3 percent decrease in 2012. Read more here. 

    40:1
    The ratio of subsequent grant dollars awarded to RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation grant recipients as principal or co-investigator from sources such as the National Institutes of Health for every dollar awarded by the Foundation. Read more about the R&E Foundation grant process here. 

    53
    Number of passengers and crew treated by a medical team including radiologists, residents and radiologic technologists, at San Francisco General Hospital in the wake of the Asiana Airlines disaster. Read how radiology departments are playing an increasingly critical role in managing medical care following such traumatic incidents here. 

    615,000
    Number of visitors each month to RadiologyInfo.org, the third most highly traveled healthcare website. Read about the website’s ongoing expansion and the results of usability testing with consumers here. 

    ASTRO Awards Gold Medals

    Amato J. Giaccia, Ph.D.
    Giaccia
    Radhe Mohan, Ph.D.
    Mohan
    Prabhakar Tripuraneni, M.D.
    Tripuraneni

    ASTRO awarded gold medals to Amato J. Giaccia, Ph.D., Radhe Mohan, Ph.D., and Prabhakar Tripuraneni, M.D. at its recent annual meeting in Atlanta.

    • Dr. Giaccia is director of the Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
    • Dr. Mohan is a professor of radiation physics in the Division of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
    • Dr. Tripuraneni is head of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. He currently serves on RSNA’s Public Information Advisors Network.

    RSNA Awarded Second NIBIB Contract to Support QIBA Activities

    Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA) 

    RSNA was recently awarded a one-year contract for approximately $1.25 million from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to support research groundwork by the Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA). Part of the funding has been earmarked for 13 projects that will characterize the performance and sources of variability associated with quantitative imaging. Planning and development of digital reference objects (DRO), physical phantoms, and profile field testing have already begun and will continue over the months ahead. The QIBA Technical Committees will hold working meetings during RSNA 2013. RSNA received $2.4 million from the NIBIB in 2010 to support QIBA. To learn more about QIBA, go to RSNA.org/QIBA.aspx.

    John E. Aldrich, Ph.D. 

    Aldrich Receives COMP Gold Medal

    John E. Aldrich, Ph.D., was awarded the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) Gold Medal at its recent annual scientific meeting in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Aldrich is a clinical professor emeritus of radiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The gold medal is the highest award given by COMP and recognizes an active or retired member who has made a significant contribution to medical physics in Canada.

    American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 

    RSNA Expands its Support of Imaging Physics Residencies

    With medical physicists soon to be required to complete an accredited two-year residency program in order to take board exams and achieve the Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) designation, RSNA has increased its financial commitment to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine 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.

    “Qualified medical physicists are vital to the growth of radiology, and it is critical that they grasp the increasing complexity and quality focus of diagnostic imaging, as well as know how to evaluate the dose and image quality of our imaging systems, and help us to optimize critical parameters to benefit our patients,” said Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., the Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco and chairman of the RSNA Board of Directors. “RSNA is pleased to support these residencies through the AAPM/RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grant Funding program.”

    John D. Hazle, Ph.D., the Bernard W. Biedenharn Chair in Cancer Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and AAPM president, added, “This requirement for residency training by the ABR was implemented based on the recommendation of the AAPM board several years ago. It reflects the need for qualified medical physicists to meet minimal clinical training standards, just like our radiology and radiation oncology counterparts, in order to be considered ready for independent practice.

    “The AAPM, like RSNA, is committed to making this program a success in establishing sustainable new imaging physics residency programs,” Dr. Hazle said. “We very much appreciate the RSNA’s financial and programmatic support in this effort.”

    The requirements for accredited residency training from the American Board of Radiology go into effect in 2014. Dr. Arenson noted that while there are a number of approved residencies in medical physics, most are for radiation oncology—there are not enough residencies producing physicists for diagnostic radiology. In order to encourage more programs to become CAMPEP-approved, AAPM and RSNA have joined together to fund 50 percent of the trainee’s cost. After completion of the grant, the programs are expected to pick up the full trainee funding. Three institutions were awarded funding beginning in 2013: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Wisconsin.

    Applications are being accepted through Dec. 6, 2013, from academic radiology programs, large private practice groups and other organizations interested in establishing an accredited residency program. Go to aapm.org/education/GrantsFellowships/main.aspx?id=12 to learn more and apply.

    Call for Centennial Articles for RadioGraphics

    RSNA CentennialTo mark RSNA’s 100th anniversary, RadioGraphics has issued a call for historical articles highlighting the contributions of the Society, its meeting and its education journal to the development of clinical practice and continuing education in radiology. Submissions may be short or full length and should be image rich. Possible topics include: technical advances first presented in exhibits at the RSNA annual meeting; comparisons of clinical practices or continuing education activities before and after the development of advanced personal computers and mobile devices; improvements in the quality of patient care; and biographical sketches of innovators in technology, practice or education.

    Prospective authors may submit a proposal/outline to Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D., Editor of RadioGraphics (e-mail: jklein@rsna.org), or William A. Murphy Jr., M.D., RadioGraphics editorial board member, for historical papers (e-mail: wmurphy@mdanderson.org). The deadline for manuscript submission is September 2, 2014. To ensure consideration, follow the Guidelines for Preparing a Centennial Series Manuscript at pubs.rsna.org/page/radiographics/centennial. Manuscripts meeting the criteria for publication will be peer reviewed under the oversight of Dr. Murphy.

    2014 RSNA Membership Renewal Underway

    RSNA membership renewal for 2014 is underway. Renew online at RSNA.org/renew or by mail with the invoice sent to you early in October. When renewing, take a moment to update your profile with current contact information.

    All RSNA members have access to RSNA journals online. Because online access to Radiology and RadioGraphics is tied to membership status, if your payment has not been received by December 31, 2013, your online subscriptions will be automatically deactivated.

    Practices can take advantage of RSNA’s group billing option. For more information on the option and/or to renew membership by phone, contact the RSNA Membership Department toll-free at 1-877-RSNA-MEM or at 1-630-571-7873, or send an e-mail to membership@rsna.org.

    In Memoriam

    Mutsumasa Takahashi, M.D. Mutsumasa Takahashi, M.D., one of the world’s most prolific radiology writers who focused his research on MR imaging, died September 16, 2013. He was 78.

    A native of Japan, Dr. Takahashi received his doctor of medicine from Kyushu University of Medicine in 1960. He completed residencies in radiology at Kyushu University Hospital and at the University of Michigan Hospital, and in 1966, held a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at Stanford University Hospital.

    Dr. Takahashi served as a radiology instructor at various schools of medicine before ultimately being appointed professor and chairman in radiology, Kumamoto University School of Medicine, in 1980. He held the position until 2001, when he was appointed professor emeritus.

    Dr. Takahashi was the primary editor of 28 books, wrote 85 book chapters and completed 450 articles in English and 290 articles in Japanese. He was the editor-in-chief of Neuroradiology and served on the editorial boards of six Japanese journals and 11 international journals.

    Dr. Takahashi was named an honorary member of RSNA in 1994 and received the RSNA Gold Medal in 2001. Dr. Takahashi was named an honorary member of the Chinese Medical Association, the European Society of Radiology, the French Radiological Society and the American Society of Neuroradiology.

    Dr. Takahashi served as president of the Japanese Radiological Society, the Japanese Neurological Society, the Japanese Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Japan Tomographic Imaging Society and the Japanese Association for Cancer Detection and Diagnosis.

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