At meetings during RSNA 2013, the RSNA Board of Directors reflected upon a year of accomplishments and looked ahead to exciting new developments for the Society, including the first year of the RSNA Centennial celebration.
While already eagerly anticipating its 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, where attendees will be invited to help celebrate the RSNA Centennial, RSNA is also taking stock of the last annual meeting. Some 54,000 people representing 130 countries attended RSNA 2013 in Chicago, while Virtual Meeting registrations numbered nearly 5,700. More than 650 companies participated in the RSNA 2013 Technical Exhibition, including 105 exhibiting for the first time. Nearly 100,000 course evaluations were submitted via CreditEval, RSNA’s new online system for claiming meeting attendance and continuing education credit.
Centennial activities planned for RSNA 2014 include a pavilion where attendees can learn about RSNA and radiology history and a special celebratory reception on Wednesday night. More information will be posted on RSNA.org, in upcoming issues of RSNA News and on RSNA’s social media feeds. Speaking of social media, users were busy during the last annual meeting, with the hashtag #RSNA13 receiving some 25 million impressions on Twitter.
Working with organizations around the world, RSNA is helping to advance radiologic education and research and promote breakthroughs in healthcare in general. RSNA looks forward to the São Paulo Radiological Meeting in May, having partnered with the Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo for meetings in 2014, 2016 and 2018. RSNA is helping develop material and courses not traditionally covered at the meeting and offering prominent speakers from its membership.
In another partnership, RSNA’s Research Development Committee is working with the American Society for Clinical Pathology to envision the field of integrated diagnostics. RSNA will also work with the European Society of Radiology and the American College of Radiology to sponsor the third International Day of Radiology in November 2014, with a focus this year on brain imaging.
RSNA has received grants from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) for two projects critical to radiology’s future. NIBIB has funded a project to create a single, nationally recognized medical lexicon by merging the RSNA RadLex radiology lexicon with the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®), a universal code system for identifying laboratory and clinical observations.
The NIBIB also recently awarded RSNA a contract to support research groundwork and profile development by the Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance. Included are projects that characterize the performance and sources of variability associated with quantitative imaging, as well as planning and development of digital reference objects, physical phantoms and profile field testing.
Editors of RSNA’s scientific and education journals look to build this year on recent successes, which include the ever-growing popularity of mobile apps for both publications—downloads for the Radiology and RadioGraphics apps now total more than 52,000 and 48,000, respectively. A podcast hosted by Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., also has proved popular, with more than 50,000 downloads as of late last year.
The perennially well-received RadioGraphics monograph, published each year in October, will feature chest imaging in 2014.
In response to the demand for the RSNA Scan: 2012 Year in Review at the last annual meeting, a new edition is being developed. To be released later this year, RSNA Scan: 2013 Year in Review will feature a collection of scientific and educational material, including most-viewed journal articles, most misdiagnosed Cases of the Day, award-winning education exhibits, plenary sessions and more.
RSNA membership now tops 53,000. I know I speak for all my colleagues on the RSNA Board of Directors when I say we look forward to serving each and all of you, and the specialty at large, throughout the coming year.
Richard L. Baron, M.D.
Chairman, 2014 RSNA Board of Directors
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