2 Percent annual risk of a major cardiac event for those with evidence of coronary artery disease on coronary CT angiography (CCTA), versus a .31 percent annual risk for those whose CCTA results show no evidence of obstructive disease, according to a recent study. Learn more about CCTA as a tool to predict heart attack risk, as well as how the latest generation of CT scanners can provide excellent image quality at lower radiation doses, here.
3 Amount, in millions of dollars, in grant funding awarded this year by the RSNA Research & Education Foundation. Click here to read more about cancer research an RSNA Research Resident grant recipient is conducting.
134 Number of residents who responded to the annual chief resident survey administered by the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2). Survey results indicate residents’ attitudes toward subjects including the new American Board of Radiology core examination. Read more here.
644 Approximate number of imaging professionals who have taken the RSNA Radiology Cares Pledge encouraging physicians to commit to more meaningful engagement in the patient experience, as of early June. The website, RadiologyCares.org, features a wide variety of resources related to patient-centered care. Read more about the online tools that radiology departments and practices have launched to improve the patient experience here.
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The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) presented its Joseph H. Holmes Clinical and Basic Science Pioneer Awards to Peter H. Arger, M.D., and Christy K. Holland, Ph.D., at its recent annual meeting in New York. Dr. Arger is professor emeritus of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Holland is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
Paul L. Carson, Ph.D., a past-RSNA third vice-president, received the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award. Dr. Carson is a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.
Marsha M. Neumyer, B.S., R.V.T., CEO and international director of Vascular Diagnostic Educational Services and Vascular Resource Associates, Harrisburg, Pa., received the Distinguished Sonographer Award.
Paul A. Dubbins, M.B.B.S., B.Sc., received an AIUM Honorary Fellowship. Dr. Dubbins is a consultant radiologist at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England. He is a former vice-president of the Royal College of Radiologists.
RSNA President-elect N. Reed Dunnick, M.D., received honorary membership from the Japan Radiological Society (JRS) at the Japan Radiology Congress (JRC) in Yokohama in April. The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) also awarded its Radiology Research Alliance (RRA) Research Innovation and Leadership Award to Dr. Dunnick at its recent annual meeting in Los Angeles.
Dr. Dunnick is the Fred Jenner Hodges Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, where he has been since 1992. Dr. Dunnick has served on numerous RSNA committees over the years and is currently president-elect and secretary-treasurer of the RSNA Board of Directors.
More than 350 attendees with various levels of expertise in information technology (IT) from across the globe gathered in April in Istanbul, Turkey, for the first annual Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise® (IHE) International World Summit.
RSNA was a primary sponsor of the summit designed to achieve the safe exchange of medical information and improve patient care by enabling the healthcare sector and stakeholders to achieve the widespread adoption and implementation of standards-based interoperable IT systems. Leaders from IHE’s 25 national deployment committees met with experts and stakeholders in health IT interoperability and electronic health records.
RSNA has been at the forefront of the IHE movement for more than 15 years. The first IHE meeting took place at RSNA headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., in 1998, and has grown each year in size, frequency and distribution. IHE Connectathons—face-to-face interoperability testing events—are held annually in various locations in North America, Australia, China, Japan and Korea. Held in conjunction with the world summit, the IHE-Europe Connectathon event in Istanbul included 76 vendors testing 102 systems in six different healthcare domains.
For more information on IHE, go to RSNA.org/ihe.aspx.
The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has elected Giles Maskell, F.R.C.P., F.R.C.R., as its next president. Dr. Maskell serves as a consultant clinical radiologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall, England. He will succeed current president Jane Barrett, M.D., at the college’s annual meeting in September 2013.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Council elected Albert L. Blumberg, M.D., president of ACR during the recent ACR 90th Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Blumberg is vice-chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and a radiation oncologist with Radiation Oncology HealthCare PA. He serves on the ACR Executive Council and is immediate past-chair of the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology.
Geoffrey G. Smith, M.D., a radiologist at Casper Medical Imaging, Wyoming, was elected ACR vice-president.
Kimberly Applegate, M.D., M.S., director of practice quality improvement in the radiology department at Emory Healthcare and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, was elected to a two-year term as council speaker.
William T. Herrington, M.D., a radiologist with Athens Radiology Associates, PC, Georgia, was elected to a two-year term as council vice-speaker.
On November 8, 2013, join 85 radiology organizations from more than 40 countries in celebrating the advances that radiologic innovations have brought to patients worldwide.
The mission of the International Day of Radiology 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 2013 is on advances in lung disease imaging, research and treatment.
The International Day of Radiology is sponsored by RSNA, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), with a dedicated website (IDoR2013.com) and social media activities. Get involved by visiting RSNA.org/IDoR2013 for promotional support materials you can customize for your practice or organization. RadiologyInfo.org, the patient information website co-sponsored by RSNA and ACR, also plays an important role in the initiative, as a comprehensive and easy-to-understand radiology information resource for the public and a turnkey patient communication tool for physicians.
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David H. Hussey, MD
RSNA past-president David H. Hussey, M.D., passed away on April 17, 2013. He was 75.
A major voice in radiation oncology from the very beginning of his distinguished career, Dr. Hussey was internationally known for his outstanding contributions to patient care, research and training of medical students and residents.
Dr. Hussey’s long career included 14 years at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, where he directed the Fast Neutron Therapy program, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he was head of the radiation oncology division for 15 years. He spent the final years of his career on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. His research included a clinical evaluation of fast neutron therapy using the Texas A&M Variable Energy Cyclotron.
In his president’s address at RSNA 2005, Dr. Hussey urged closer collaboration between diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. “As a radiation oncologist who was trained first as a radiologist, I understand the role that each specialty plays individually, as well as the strength of the specialties when they work together,” he said.
In addition to his service to RSNA, Dr. Hussey served as president of a number of national organizations, including the American Radium Society and the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and served as a member of the board of trustees of the American Board of Radiology. He was awarded the RSNA Gold Medal in 2010.
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