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  • Implementation of New Imaging Standards Postponed

    June 30, 2014

    The Joint Commission announced it has postponed the implementation of new and revised imaging standards until 2015.

    Centennial Snapshots

    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.

    1945: 50th Anniversary of X-ray Discovery

    X-ray Discovery 1895On account of World War II, RSNA had planned just a business session and a reading of the scientific program by title only for its 1945 meeting in Chicago. When the war ended before the scheduled start of the meeting, however, RSNA was able to turn the 31st scientific assembly into a celebration of Roentgen’s discovery. A special issue of Radiology, Volume 45, Issue 5, detailed the history.

    1968: Projector Allows for Large Scale Presentations

    Growth in annual meeting attendance prompted the need for lecturers to effectively reach ever-larger audiences. A carousel projector, first used in the Palmer House main ballroom and rapidly expanded to other courses, was a marvel with its dual projection capability to enhance presentation quality.

    1978: RSNA Moves to Oak Brook, Illinois

    Donald S. Childs, M.D.Although founded by Midwesterners in St. Louis, RSNA had been headquartered for many years in Syracuse, N.Y., the hometown of longtime RSNA Secretary-Treasurer Donald S. Childs, M.D. A desire to make travel easier for Society volunteers prompted RSNA to contemplate relocating. RSNA Meetings Director George Schuyler suggested the growing Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, where RSNA would lease a couple spaces before moving into its permanent headquarters in 1998.

    1991: RSNA News Debuts

    RSNA News Logo 1991In the beginning, RSNA News was an eight-page quarterly newsletter. “It is hoped that RSNA News will not only better identify and explain the workings of the Society, but also provide a forum for member comment and reflect the spirit of volunteerism that is essential to the success of all RSNA activities,” wrote 1991 RSNA President Carl J. Zylak, M.D., in his introduction.

    2003: Public Information Advisors Network Established

    In recognition of radiology’s—and RSNA’s—ever-growing profile within the news media, RSNA formed the Public Information Advisors Network, volunteers from all radiology subspecialties who assist in communications with editors and reporters.

    Joint Commission logo

    Joint Commission Approves Revised Imaging Requirements

    Update, July 1, 2014: The Joint Commission announced that after receiving significant feedback from key stakeholders it has delayed implementation of the new and revised standards until July 2015. Read more on The Joint Commission website.

    The Joint Commission has approved a number of revisions to its requirements for ambulatory care centers and hospitals providing diagnostic imaging services. The requirements, effective July 1, 2014, address:

    • Safety and security risks associated with MR imaging
    • Staff radiation exposure levels in CT, PET and nuclear medicine
    • Equipment inspection, testing and maintenance, including dose verification
    • Performance evaluation of CT, MR imaging, PET and nuclear medicine equipment, “including metrics such as image uniformity, high-and low-contrast resolution and artifact evaluation
    • Space management during demolition, renovation and new construction
    • Staff qualifications and ongoing education and training
    • Protocol development

    While proposed revisions to requirements were still under review, members of the Image Wisely coalition asked The Joint Commission to remove elements pertaining to the tracking of individual patient dose data. Dose tracking requirements were ultimately approved.

    In a letter to The Joint Commission in fall 2013, coalition co-chairs James A. Brink, M.D., and Richard L. Morin, Ph.D., noted that imaging equipment provides only dose indices for standard phantoms, which may differ significantly from the patient dose. In addition, they noted, manufacturers and modalities use different test phantoms or methodologies to determine dose information.

    “We are concerned that tracking the supplied dose indices that are not related to the dose actually received by the patient may have an adverse impact on patient care,” Drs. Brink and Morin wrote. “Most patients and many physicians do not have the expertise or data to estimate patient dose from the radiation exposure data put forth by most CT scanners. This may cause patients to refrain from having examinations that might be critical to their care, or, it may discourage physicians from ordering those examinations. Furthermore, providing such numbers encourages the erroneous determination of cumulative risk through simple addition of sequential dose estimates.”

    Revisions to Joint Commission requirements are published in semiannual updates to the accreditation standards in both print manuals and in the online E-dition®. Accredited organizations and paid Joint Commission subscribers may also view them in the monthly periodical The Joint Commission Perspectives. For more information go to www.jcrinc.com.

    Peter L. Cooperberg, M.D.
    Christopher R.B. Merritt, M.D.
    Eric J. May, M.D.

    SRU Presents Awards

    At the recent Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) annual meeting in Chicago, Peter L. Cooperberg, M.D., received the Lawrence A. Mack Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Cooperberg is professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

    Christopher R.B. Merritt, M.D., was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Merritt is a research professor and vice-chair for quality assurance and performance improvement at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a member of RSNA’s Public Information Advisors Network.

    Eric J. May, M.D., of the Mayo College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn., received the Member-in-Training Research Award.

    Lori J. Pierce, M.D.
    Nina A. Mayr, M.D.
    Pina C. Sanelli, M.D.

    Elizabeth Asch, M.D.
    Chiaojung Jillian Tsai, M.D., Ph.D.

    AAWR Announces 2013 Awards

    The American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) has announced its 2013 award recipients:

    Lori J. Pierce, M.D., a professor of radiation oncology and vice-provost for academic and faculty affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, received the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award.

    Nina A. Mayr, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, received the Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Mayr is a member of the RSNA Public Information Advisors Network and the Refresher Course Committee.

    Pina C. Sanelli, M.D., associate professor of radiology and public health at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, and an associate attending radiologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus, received the Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award. Dr. Sanelli is a member of the RSNA Research Development Committee.

    Elizabeth Asch, M.D., a fourth-year radiology resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, received the Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology.

    Chiaojung Jillian Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., a fourth-year radiation oncology resident at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, was honored with the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology.

    Register Now for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Exam

    Registration will be open for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination March 1, 2014, through May 1, 2014, for those candidates who have completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and are interested in taking the subspecialty examination.

    The official American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is administered through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Recognizing that a wide range of specialists is involved in this discipline, 10 member boards of the ABMS, including the American Board of Radiology, are co-sponsors of this new ABMS-recognized discipline. Although the program is primarily administered through the ABIM, diplomates of any of the co-sponsoring boards are eligible to obtain certification, if they meet essential eligibility requirements and pass a certifying examination.

    The exam will be administered on October 2, 2014, at Pearson VUE Test Centers. For more information, go to www.theabr.org/ic-hpm-landing, or email lmorris@theabr.org.

    Jornada Paulista de Radiologia (JPR) 2014

    RSNA Board Members Among JPR Lecturers

    RSNA has partnered with the Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo (SPR) for the joint planning of Jornada Paulista de Radiologia (JPR) in 2014, 2016 and 2018. JPR is among the leading medical imaging meetings in Latin America. The 2014 meeting will be held May 1–4, in São Paulo, Brazil.

    Members of the RSNA Board of Directors are among those lecturing on various radiologic topics at the meeting:

    • Richard L. Baron, M.D., RSNA Board Chairman: abdominal and genitourinary radiology
    • Richard L. Ehman, M.D., RSNA Board Liaison for Science: abdominal and genitourinary radiology, radiology research
    • Vijay M. Rao, M.D., RSNA Board Liaison for Information Technology and Annual Meeting: head and neck radiology
    • Valerie P. Jackson, M.D., RSNA Board Liaison for Education: breast imaging

    Drs. Baron, Rao and Jackson are also speaking about professionalism and management in radiology.

    RSNA has worked with SPR to plan meeting content, provide speakers and assist in developing materials and courses that are not typically offered at JPR. Learn more about the meeting at RSNA.org/JPR2014.

    Kamlesh U. Kukreja, M.D.

    Texas Children’s Hospital Names Kukreja Chief of Interventional Radiology

    Kamlesh U. Kukreja, M.D., has been named chief of interventional radiology of the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, and has also been appointed as assistant professor of radiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Dr. Kukreja is currently a reviewer for RadioGraphics.

    In Memoriam

    William S. Hare, M.D.

    Australia’s first professor of radiology and an internationally recognized pioneer in the field, William S. Hare, M.D., died May 31, 2013. He was 89.

    William S. Hare, M.D.
    Photo courtesy of The Royal Melbourne Hospital Archives  

    Dr. Hare began his career within the Department of Radiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1954. In 1963, he recognized the need for strong academic leadership in radiology by establishing the Department of Radiology and the Edgar Rouse Chair of Radiology, the first radiology chair in Australia. As inaugural chair, Dr. Hare created a comprehensive postgraduate radiology teaching program, greatly elevating the standard and practice in Australia.

    Dr. Hare introduced transfemoral cerebral angiography and coronary angiography techniques to Australia. He became a leader in analgesic nephropathy and his expertise in diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases made him a world expert in interventional uroradiology.

    Dr. Hare was awarded RSNA honorary membership in 1984 and International Society of Radiology honorary membership in 1994. He received numerous awards from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), served as president in 1986-87 and was awarded the gold medal, RANZCR’s highest honor, in 1988.

    Dr. Hare helped organize 19 countries to form the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology in 1971 and served as foundation president and secretary. His comprehensive world leadership in radiology was recognized in his appointment as an officer in the Order of Australia in 1990.

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