During this year as RSNA celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first annual meeting and scientific assembly, RSNA News will take a look back at milestones in the Society’s history.
1919: First Technical Exhibition at Annual Meeting
RSNA realized that commercial exhibitors who rented space during the annual meeting could help introduce attendees to new technology while supporting the Society’s operating budget. Nineteen companies involved in X-ray manufacturing were part of the first technical exhibition.
1938: Refresher Courses Held for First Time at Annual Meeting
Included in the program of courses intended to review established knowledge in the field was a “film-reading session” during the afternoon of the first day of the annual meeting. That session, the meeting’s most popular, lives on today as the Image Interpretation Session.
1965: Scientific Program Committee Established
With those refresher courses and more, the RSNA annual meeting had evolved into an event too large for RSNA’s secretary-treasurer, executive secretary and various committee chairmen to organize. President Robert D. Moreton, M.D., helped consolidate development under the direction of one all-encompassing committee.
1970: RSNA Honorary Membership First Awarded
Marguerite H. Henry, RSNA’s first executive director, was the first to receive RSNA honorary membership, which recognizes “significant achievements in the field of radiology.” Serving the Society as executive director from 1933 to 1971, Henry had guided RSNA through times of tremendous growth in its annual meeting and research journal. RSNA Honorary Membership has been bestowed on 109 individuals.
1990: Introduction to Academic Research First Offered
This program co-sponsored by RSNA, the Association of University Radiologists and American Roentgen Ray Society introduces residents to academic radiology in the second year of their residencies. Participants learn the importance of diagnostic radiology research and meet successful clinical radiology researchers.
2009: RSNA Image Share Funded
With $4.7 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, RSNA created a secure, patient-centric medical image sharing network. RSNA received more funding in 2012 to expand the network; as of late 2013, more than 6,000 patients with nearly 25,000 total exams had enrolled.
Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., Gabriel P. Krestin, M.D., Ph.D., Michel Ghossain, M.D., and Hiroshi Honda, M.D., were awarded honorary memberships by the Société Française de Radiologie (SFR) at its recent Journées Françaises de Radiologie in Paris.
Radiology editor since January 2008, Dr. Kressel is radiologist-in-chief emeritus of the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and the Miriam H. Stoneman Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kressel received the RSNA Gold Medal in 2011.
Dr. Krestin is a professor of radiology and chair of the Department of Radiology at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is a past-president of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and received RSNA honorary membership in 2013. Dr. Ghossain is professor of radiology at the Hotel-Dieu de France, St. Joseph University of Beirut. Dr. Honda is the head of the Department of Radiology at Kyushu University and serves as treasurer and 2013 congress president of the Japan Radiological Society.
The American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) awarded its 2013 Gold Medal to Patricia A. Hudgins, M.D., during the society’s recent annual meeting in Milwaukee. Dr. Hudgins is a professor of radiology at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, where she is director of head and neck radiology and program director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program. She has served as president of both the American Society of Neuroradiology and ASHNR.
Leonard Berlin, M.D., was recently presented a new, one-of-a-kind award for his work in radiology during a formal ceremony at the Municipal Hall in the city of Montecatini Terme, Italy, by the mayor of the city, Giuseppe Bellandi, M.D., the only radiologist in the world known to have been elected as mayor of a city. Dr. Berlin is a radiologist with Skokie Hospital, Ill., formerly Rush North Shore Medical Center, where he chaired the Department of Radiology for 31 years, and a professor of radiology at Rush Medical College and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Over the past eight years, Dr. Berlin has been invited to Montecatini Terme to speak as the principal lecturer on topics related to risk management in radiology at a CME course sponsored by the Italian Society of Medical Radiology. While Dr. Bellandi took a leave of absence from radiology to serve as mayor in 2010, “Giuseppe still considers himself a radiologist,” Dr. Berlin said.
Dr. Berlin presented the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology at RSNA 2012 and has served as chairman of the RSNA Professionalism Committee and is a member of the Public Information Advisors Network (PIAN).
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) presented the Roentgen Medal to Richard M. Mendelson, M.D., at its 64th Annual Scientific Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Mendelson is a consultant gastrointestinal radiologist at Royal Perth Hospital and clinical professor at the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame.
The International Society of Radiology (ISR) has announced that the 2014 International Congress of Radiology (ICR) will be held September 9-12 in Dubai.
The meeting had been planned for earlier in the year in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; however, ongoing security concerns and travel restrictions in Egypt prompted a change in venue. The ISR notes that the Egyptian character of the congress will stay the same, with some input by the local radiological society in Dubai as well. The organizing committee and program are unchanged.
Tarek El-Diasty, M.D., president of the Egyptian Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (ESRNM), said his organization fully supported the decision to relocate the congress.
To provide radiologists with the resources that they need to prepare for their upcoming role in lung cancer screening, the Journal of Thoracic Imaging recently launched a new Lung Cancer Screening Corner section in its online journal at www.thoracicimaging.com.
The new Web feature contains links to a variety of open-access resources, including review articles, online lectures, and perspectives from leading experts on screening. The site also includes important practice guidelines, recommendations and statements from the American Cancer Society, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Thoracic Radiology, among other organizations.
Applications are being accepted for the RSNA William R. Eyler Editorial Fellowship and the RSNA William W. Olmsted Editorial Fellowship for Trainees.
Both fellowships offer the opportunity to work with Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., in Boston and RadioGraphics Editor Jeffrey S. Klein, M.D., in Burlington, Vt. The Eyler fellowship lasts one month and the Olmsted fellowship lasts one week.
Each fellow will also visit the RSNA Publications and Communications Division at RSNA Headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. The Eyler Fellow will work with the RadioGraphics editorial team at RSNA 2014.
The application deadline for the Olmsted fellowship is April 1. The Eyler fellowship application deadline is May 1. Learn more at RSNA.org/RSNA_Editorial_Fellowships.aspx.
More than 3,000 meeting attendees visited the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) booth at RSNA 2013 to send critical emails to members of Congress about the importance of preserving the future of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research.
In 2013, government sequestration cuts reduced the NIH budget by 5.3 percent. In 2014, cuts will increase to 7.2 percent unless Congress ends the sequestration, according to ARR, an alliance of 28 professional imaging societies, 37 academic radiology departments, 80 patient advocacy groups and nine industry partners.
Attendees were invited to stop by the ARR booth and use a laptop, iPad or their own mobile device to email members of Congress in support of NIH imaging research as part of ARR’s virtual grassroots advocacy campaign to support medical imaging research as Congress debates imaging funding and ending sequestration. Supporters can visit the ARR website at http://action.imagingcoalition.org.
Nominations are being accepted now for the RSNA Roentgen Research Award, recognizing residents and fellows who have made significant contributions to their departments’ research efforts as evidenced by presentations and publications of scientific papers, receipt of research grants or other contributions.
Only one resident or fellow per program can be nominated by the program director or department chair.
The RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation provides an award plaque for the department to display and a personalized award to present to the selected resident or fellow. The nomination deadline is April 1. Learn about the nomination process and see a list of past recipients at RSNA.org/Roentgen_Research_Award.aspx.
Hologic has committed to donating $100,000 over five years to support the mission of the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation. A longtime supporter of the Foundation, the move makes Hologic the newest company to join the Vanguard program.
“At Hologic we care about these things: Great science; meaningful innovation; early detection; and continuous improvement,” said Pam Cumming, vice-president of corporate marketing. “We know that identifying and supporting the researchers and scientists of tomorrow is critical to our long-term success.”
Hologic is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, focusing on women’s healthcare needs.
“As a Vanguard supporter of the RSNA R&E Foundation, our contributions help support investigators whose work will lead to major discoveries in the field of radiology,” Cumming said. “It’s a win-win situation. The investigators get a start in their healthcare careers and all of us benefit from their discoveries.”
As partners in the pipeline of innovative research and education, Vanguard companies provide seed money to investigators whose work could lead to major discoveries. A variety of grants and funding levels are offered that can be tailored to meet a participating corporation’s giving preferences. Vanguard companies receive recognition for their contribution throughout the endowment period in RSNA publications, on the Foundation’s website (RSNA.org/Foundation) and during the RSNA annual meeting.
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