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    July 01, 2014

    RSNA CentennialCentennial Snapshots

    During this year as RSNA celebrates its 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, RSNA News will take a look back at milestones in the Society’s history.

    1919: Society Name Changed to RSNA

    Oliver H. McCandless, M.D.With a growing membership that sprawled across the U.S. border to Canada—and evolution of the society’s objectives and even the term “Roentgenology”—the Western Roentgen Society became the Radiological Society of North America. Acknowledging the great responsibility members faced in rebranding the organization, 1919 President Oliver H. McCandless, M.D., observed, “It is hoped that in the selection of a name we may act without prejudice or sentiment in considering the appropriateness, dignity, and scientific fitness.”

    1956: First Memorial Fund Lecture (later New Horizons) Presented

    W. Walter Wasson1941 RSNA President W. Walter Wasson, M.D. (right), wanted to renew interest in the Memorial Fund he had established as a source of research support in 1927. Thus was born the Memorial Fund Lecture, renamed in 1985 to the Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture in recognition of a memorial endowment from the family of RSNA’s 1954 president. Nearly 60 presenters have followed in the footsteps of inaugural lecturer Rollin K. McCombs, M.D., of Berkeley, Calif., who presented “Proton Irradiation of the Pituitary and Its Metabolic Effects.”

    1972: CT Machine First Demonstrated at RSNA Annual Meeting

    CT at RSNA 1972RSNA members today still talk about the history-making display of a new technology called computed axial tomography, or CAT, at RSNA 1972. With the space at Chicago’s Palmer House increasingly inadequate to house all the scientific and education presentations—not to mention game-changing technical exhibits—of RSNA’s annual meeting, attendees also recall jockeying for space in elevators and stairwells to reach the hotel’s top floor and see the new technology. Image courtesy of Mac Gollifer.

    1998: IHE Launched

    Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)RSNA collaborated with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in forming the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative, designed to improve the interoperability of health care information technology systems. IHE is particularly well known for staging annual “Connectathons” where vendors assemble to demonstrate the interoperability of their products.

    2006: RSNA Services Debuts at Annual Meeting

    Consolidating many of the RSNA amenities previously located throughout McCormick Place, this new area became a one-stop shop for meeting attendees seeking information. Addition of the Mobile Connect area to RSNA Services in 2012 puts attendees in touch with the latest RSNA technology as well as assistance with their devices.

    RSNA Issues One Million RadioGraphics CME Certificates


    RSNA is celebrating the issuing of its one millionth RadioGraphics CME certificate.

    RadioGraphics began offering CME credit for articles in 1992 through a tear-out postcard CME test that readers filled out and mailed to RSNA. In March 1998, RadioGraphics added interactive online CME testing allowing readers to answer multiple-choice questions onscreen and receive scoring, feedback and access to their earned certificate.

    All online RadioGraphics CME tests underwent a revolutionary redesign in late 2013, allowing access from mobile devices for the first time. The new format includes the ability to enlarge images and refer to journal articles within the CME test.

    The test allows immediate scoring along with access to a CME certificate (if earned). As of January 2013, all online RadioGraphics CME earned can be applied towards the American Board of Radiology Self-Assessment (SA-CME) requirement.

    Keeping pace with the digital age and the needs of its members, RadioGraphics transitioned to online-only CME test submissions in May 2014.

    “The new online-only CME format allows our readers to obtain their SA-CME credits online or via their mobile devices, with rapid scoring and immediate issuance of CME certificates,” said RadioGraphics Editor Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D.

    RSNA offers more than 250 mobile-capable online RadioGraphics SA-CME tests. Free for members at RSNA.org/Library.

    SAR Bestows Honors

    Robert J. Stanley, M.D.
    William H. Bush, Jr., M.D.
    Robert F. Mattrey, M.D.
    J. William Charboneau, M.D.
    Morton A. Meyers, M.D.


    The Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) awarded its 2014 Walter B. Cannon Medal to Robert J. Stanley, M.D., at its recent annual meeting. Dr. Stanley is professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. William H. Bush, Jr., M.D., an emeritus professor of radiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, was awarded the 2014 Howard M. Pollack Medal.

    Robert F. Mattrey, M.D., vice-chair of radiology and director of research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, was awarded the GU Lifetime Achievement Award. J. William Charboneau, M.D., a professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, was awarded the GI Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Charboneau delivered the Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture at RSNA 2006.

    Morton A. Meyers, M.D., founding chair emeritus of the Department of Radiology and distinguished professor emeritus of radiology and medicine at Stony Brook University in N.Y., was presented the special recognition Crystal Award for his contributions to SAR and abdominal imaging. Dr. Meyers presented the RSNA Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology at RSNA 1986.

    Help Celebrate the Third Annual International Day of Radiology


    On November 8, 2014, join 110 radiology organizations from more than 57 countries in celebrating the advances that radiologic innovations have brought to patients worldwide.

    The mission of the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is to build greater public awareness of the value that radiology research, diagnosis and treatment contribute to safe patient care, and to build understanding of the vital role radiologists perform in healthcare delivery. A major focus in 2014 is on advances in brain disease imaging, research and treatment.

    IDoR is sponsored by RSNA, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and American College of Radiology (ACR), with a dedicated website (IDoR2014.com) and social media activities. Visit RSNA.org/IDoR2014 for promotional materials you can customize for your practice or organization.

    RAD/PATH Group Exploring Potential for Integration of Diagnostic Imaging


    After more than a year of discussion and planning by representatives from RSNA’s Research Development Committee and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), an exciting collaborative workshop came to fruition in April 2014: the RSNA/ASCP Workshop on Radiology and Pathology Diagnostics: Is it time to integrate?

    Approximately 35 attendees from both specialties gathered to discuss the potential for an integrated approach to diagnostic imaging. Speakers and panelists were organized around the following areas:

    • Fundamentals of image-based radiology/pathology/ correlation issues
    • Integration and communication of non-image based data
    • Opportunities for integrated imaging system work flow
    • High dimensional fused-informatics: Is there an opportunity to redefine the diagnostic process?
    • Education and training programs

    One of the first follow-up activities is an RSNA 2014 special interest session where moderators will present some potential outcomes and implications of the workshop.

    AIUM Presents awards








    The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) presented its Joseph H. Holmes Clinical and Basic Science Pioneer Awards to Greggory R. DeVore, M.D., and James G. Miller, Ph.D., at its recent annual meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. DeVore is the director of the Fetal Diagnostic Centers in Pasadena, Tarzana and Lancaster, Calif. Dr. Miller is professor of physics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he holds the Albert Gordon Hill Chair and serves as director of the Laboratory for Ultrasonics.

    Levon N. Nazarian, M.D., a professor of radiology and vice-chair for education in the Department of Radiology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, received the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award. Dr. Nazarian is a member of RSNA’s Public Information Advisors Network and serves on the Radiology Editorial Board.

    Diana M. Strickland, B.S., B.A., a clinical assistant professor in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at the Brody School of Medicine and co-director of the Ultrasound Division at East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, received the Distinguished Sonographer Award.

    Pascal Laugier, Ph.D., and Yuji Murata, M.D., Ph.D., received AIUM Honorary Fellowships. Dr. Laugier is the head of the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory in Paris. Dr. Murata is professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine, and Osaka University Medical School in Japan.

    Richard A. Hoppman, M.D., received the first Peter H. Arger, M.D., Excellence in Medical Student Education Award. Dr. Hoppman is the Dorothea H. Krebs Endowed Chair of Ultrasound Education, a professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, dean emeritus of the School of Medicine and director of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

    AAPM Offers Resources on CT Dose-Check Standard

    Below is an updated version of a previous announcement.

     logoThe American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has developed a slide presentation explaining the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) XR 25 standard, also known as Dose Check.

    Developed by the AAPM Working Group on Standardization of CT Nomenclature, AAPM resources explain how the standard’s dose notifications and alerts work, how they should be used and cautions for certain clinical applications.

    All new CT scanners sold in the U.S. are shipped with the MITA Dose Check standard. Manufacturers are also working to ensure that as many of their installed units as possible meet the new standard.

    XR-25-compliant CT scanners can be configured to inform operators when scan settings would likely yield values of CTDIvol or DLP that would exceed pre-assigned values. Users are able to confirm or correct settings prior to scanning that might otherwise lead to unnecessarily high exposures. Manufacturers may include pre-assigned values in their default protocols, but all values are user-configurable.

    To access the free CT Dose Notifications and Alerts presentation, go to http://www.aapm.org/pubs/CTProtocols/?tab=7.

    To download a copy of the XR-25 Dose Check standard, go to nema.org/Standards/Pages/Computed-Tomography-Dose-Check.aspx#download.

    If you have questions about MITA standards, please contact Gail Rodriguez, Ph.D., Executive Director of MITA at grodriguez@medicalimaging.org.

    Image Wisely™ Launches New Radiation Safety Case


    Image Wisely™ has launched its third radiation safety case, “CT Brain Perfusion Dose Optimization.” Radiation safety cases are free, online, mobile-compatible educational modules that help radiologists improve their understanding of radiation safety concepts.

    Each case includes embedded questions, references and resources for further study. “CT Brain Perfusion Dose Optimization” offers a total of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™; 0.5 MPCEC credit by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.; and 0.5 Category A credit hours of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

    Image Wisely was developed by RSNA, the American College of Radiology, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

    For more information go to Imagewisely.org/Case.


    Part of the last sentence in the story “Diffusion-tensor Imaging Aids in ADHD Follow Up,” in the June 2014 print edition of RSNA News, was inadvertently eliminated during layout. The full sentence read, “ADHD affects approximately 7 percent of the world population and is one of the most common childhood disorders.”

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