At its June meeting, the RSNA Board of Directors approved the Society’s 2013-2014 budget, continued planning for the annual meeting, reviewed recommendations from RSNA committees and began looking ahead to RSNA 2014 and beyond.
As plans for RSNA 2013 continue to evolve, the Board finalized remaining presenters and dedications for this year’s program.
RSNA will dedicate the Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology to the memory of K. Kian Ang, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Ang, who was slated to give this year’s oration, passed away in June at age 63. (See "In Memoriam," here.) Paul M. Harari, M.D., will deliver this year’s oration on “Beneficial Liaisons: Imaging and Therapy.”
In addition to a previously approved dedication, the Board approved the dedication of the 2013 Annual Meeting Program to the memory of 2005 RSNA President David H. Hussey, M.D., who passed away earlier this year.
James A. Deye, Ph.D., will deliver the RSNA/AAPM Symposium, “Imaging in Partnership: With Physics and Quantitative Medicine,” while previously selected symposium speaker David A. Jaffray, Ph.D., will present, “Imaging in Partnership: With Radiation Therapy.”
The Board moved forward with plans to expand two of its popular annual meeting programs. RSNA’s annual “Country Presents” program, which spotlights radiologic advancements throughout the world, will expand from one to two countries beginning in 2014. The action furthers RSNA’s goal to increase international annual meeting participation and membership and promote RSNA as an international organization.
Diagnosis Live™, a technology tool that allows participants to use personal digital devices to submit case diagnoses in a game format, will be utilized at RSNA 2013 to support select refresher courses in addition to case diagnosis competition sessions. The system architecture has been redesigned for improved ease of use by faculty. A pilot program is underway in three residency programs that are utilizing Diagnosis Live in didactic training.
The Board approved an RSNA model for open access (OA) publishing for journal articles that fall under funder-mandated OA. RSNA’s open access policy will enable its journals, Radiology and RadioGraphics, to maintain a sustainable business model while offering pathways for authors working under OA mandates. Articles in Radiology and RadioGraphics have been free access after one year since 2004. A full report on RSNA’s open access model will appear in the October-November issue of RSNA News.
In other RSNA journals news, the Board appointed Ali Guermazi, M.D., Ph.D., as deputy editor of Radiology.
The Board approved a controlled implementation of the Quantitative Imaging Data Warehouse (QIDW) provided that a number of parameters are followed, including regular updates to the Board, the Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA) and RSNA’s Radiology Informatics Committee (RIC). The first steps will include uploading clinical data generated by QIBA investigators.
The Board approved the following recommendations from RSNA’s Molecular Imaging Committee: Working toward mainstreaming molecular imaging content into RSNA’s clinical subspecialty programs over a three-year period; a half-day roundtable with representatives from other societies around molecular imaging to be planned in association with RSNA 2014; and a stand-alone Molecular Imaging Workshop on conducting translational research in the summer or fall of 2014.
Updated RSNA statements on Colon Cancer Screening, Lung Cancer Screening, Medical Radiation Errors, Radiation Dose, TSA Airport Scanners and Appropriate Utilization of Medical Imaging were approved by the Board.
In other news, the Board authorized support for a 2015 consensus conference “Diagnostic Imaging in the Emergency Department: A Research Agenda to Optimize Utilization,” sponsored by the Academic Emergency Medicine journal.
Ronald L. Arenson, M.D.
Chairman, 2013 RSNA Board of Directors
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