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All virtual RSNA 2020 promises attendees a robust program full of Human Insight/Visionary Medicine

Wang, Jane
Menias RG Editor

While RSNA 2020's all-virtual annual meeting may feel different than previous meetings, attendees can count on RSNA to deliver a meaningful, interactive meeting experience and world-class programming to virtual attendees across the globe.

RSNA 2020, Human Insight/Visionary Medicine, will provide a seamless experience offering interactive science and education programming and an extensive on-demand catalog with more available CME opportunities than ever before. The program, which expands on RSNA’s already successful virtual meeting, offers live Q&A for many sessions that will connect attendees with peers and colleagues of every subspecialty across the world.

To help attendees plan their schedules for this unique meeting, RSNA’s Scientific Program, Refresher Course and Education Exhibits committees chairs and subcommittee chairs offer a preview of the trends, hot topics and trailblazing research in each of the subspecialties available at RSNA 2020.

“While the format may be different, this year’s virtual meeting offers great flexibility for attendees to access a wide range of programming and learning resources,” said Zhen Jane Wang, MD, chair of the RSNA Scientific Program Committee. “Attendees can take advantage of the featured sessions, which offer opportunities to interact with abstract presenters and the chance to access a large number of on-demand sessions at their convenience throughout the week and, with Premium access, after the annual meeting.”

Innovative research continues to push the boundaries in all subspecialties, according to Dr. Wang. In particular, she noted that COVID-19 related topics are prevalent in a number of subspecialties in sessions, exhibits and research. In particular, five Hot Topic sessions update COVID-19 subjects, including non-pulmonary manifestations, neurological and neuroimaging and chest findings, as well as two sessions on radiology department readiness and workforce resilience.

In addition, attendees should look for A Comprehensive Imaging Review of COVID-19 Pneumonia with Focus on RSNA Expert Consensus, Fleischner Society Statement and ACR Recommendations: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Direction.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) remains a hot topic and there is a lot of interesting science on how AI can improve disease-specific diagnoses and how it can be integrated into clinical workflow,” Dr. Wang said. “Also of interest and great relevance to clinical practice is work presented on the validation of various classification systems and reporting systems used by many radiologists.”

Watch the video below for additional insights from Dr. Wang into RSNA 2020 scientific program content:

The education exhibits also highlight subspecialty classification and reporting systems and continue to showcase a wide breadth of innovative research that highlights major trends across all subspecialties, according to Christine O. (Cooky) Menias, MD, chair of the RSNA Education Exhibits Committee.

“In addition to research presented on various reporting systems such as LIRADS and PIRADS, many subspecialties offer exhibits on COVID-19, the unique science around e-cigarette and vaping lung damage, PET/CT and PET/MRI, AI and machine learning (ML) and 3D printing and models,” Dr. Menias said. “The exhibits this year showcase the wide variety of challenges and opportunities facing radiology, including diversity, inclusion and just culture. There are also exhibits about patient care, quality improvement, mentoring and social justice.”

Educational courses remain among the most popular and contain comprehensive content on a wide array of topics vital to clinical practice.

“Artificial intelligence remains a hot and impactful topic across the entire specialty,” said Laura Bancroft, MD, chair of the Refresher Course Committee. “Some notable practice-based courses include Impact of COVID-19 on Workforce Resilience, Mass Casualty Imaging and Workflow, Strategies to Suppress Errors and Biases in Diagnostic Radiology, and Taking Action to Promote Gender Inclusion in Radiology.”

Watch the video below from Dr. Bancroft for insights into the refresher courses at RSNA 2020:

For an overview of this past year’s most impactful research, look for the Special Interest Session, Review of 2020: New Research that Should Impact Your Practice. The two-part Friday Imaging Symposium offers a review of imaging cases in many subspecialties, including neuroradiology, breast, gastrointestinal and cardiothoracic radiology.

RSNA committees are sponsoring a number of sessions. The RSNA Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion presents the Special Interest Session, Exposing Our Blindside and Overcoming Unconscious Bias. The RSNA Public Information Committee presents the Special Interest Session Improving Patient Experience through Human Design Thinking. In addition, the RSNA Professionalism Committee presents Taking Action to Promote Gender Inclusion in Radiology: A Roadmap for Progress. The RSNA Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion also sponsors the Gender-based Harassment and Microaggressions session.

Click on the subspecialties below to preview the trends, hot topics and research available at RSNA 2020.

Look for these additional program highlights in each subspecialty. 

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RSNA 2020: Program Highlights

Innovations Abound at RSNA 2020 Virtual Exhibition

Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Radiology

RSNA Subcommittee Chairs

Information for this preview was provided by the RSNA Scientific Program, Refresher Course and Education Exhibits Subcommittee Chairs: 


Scientific Program Subcommittees

Ronald S. Arellano, MD, Vascular and Interventional

Ferco H. Berger, MD, Emergency Radiology

Robert D. Boutin, MD, Musculoskeletal

Ciprian Catana, MD, PhD, Molecular Imaging

Lynn A. Fordham, MD, Pediatric Radiology

Fiona J. Gilbert, MD, Breast

Phillip J. Koo, MD, Nuclear Medicine

Jerome Z. Liang, PhD, Physics

John P. Lichtenberger III, MD, Chest

Desiree E. Morgan, MD, Gastrointestinal

Karen G. Ordovas, MD, Cardiac

Andrew B. Rosenkrantz, MD, Genitourinary

Nabile M. Safdar, MD, Radiology Informatics

Cynthia S. Santillan, MD, Health Services Policy and Research

Anna Shapiro, MD, Radiology Oncology and Radiobiology

Max Wintermark, MD, Neuroradiology


Education Exhibits Subcommittees

Samuel E. Almodovar-Reteguis, MD, Nuclear Medicine

Edson Amaro Jr, MD, PhD, Neuroradiology

Ciprian Catana, MD, PhD, Molecular Imaging

Barbaros S. Erdal, PhD, Radiology Informatics

William J. Grande, MD, Vascular/Interventional

Ambrose J. Huang, MD, Musculoskeletal

Kirti M. Kulkarni, MD, Breast

Brent P. Little, MD, Chest

Courtney C. Moreno, MD, Gastrointestinal

Mariam Moshiri, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Nadeem Parkar, MD, Cardiac

Gary R. Schooler, MD, Pediatrics

William F. Sensakovic, PhD, Physics

Anna Shapiro, MD, Radiation Oncology & Radiobiology

Anup S. Shetty, MD, Multisystem/Special Interest

Scott D. Steenburg, MD, Emergency Radiology

Ashish P. Wasnik, MD, Uroradiology

Jeffrey R. Wesolowski, MD, Policy and Practice


Refresher Course Committee

Margarita L. Zuley, MD, Track Chair/Breast Imaging

Maxine S. Jochelson, MD, Track Vice Chair/Breast Imaging

Eric E. Williamson, MD, Track Chair/Cardiac

Jeremy J. Erasmus, MD, Track Chair/Chest

Ioannis Vlahos, MRCP, FRCR, Track Vice Chair/Chest

Petra J. Lewis, MBBS, Track Chair/Education

Douglas S. Katz, MD, Track Chair/Emergency Radiology

Manickam Kumaravel, MD, FRCR, Track Vice Chair/Emergency Radiology

Rathan M. Subramaniam, MD, PhD, Track Chair/Emerging Technology

Diane C. Strollo, MD, Track Chair/Essentials

Judy Yee, MD, Track Chair/GI

Matthew S. Davenport, MD, Track Chair/GU

Stephen C. O'Connor, MD, Track Chair/Hands On

Tabassum A. Kennedy, MD, Track Chair/Head & Neck

Howard P. Forman, MD, Track Chair/Health Policy & Practice

Charles E. Ray Jr, MD, PhD, Track Chair/Interventional

Ajay Gupta, MD, Track Chair/Introduction to Research

Katherine E. Maturen, MD, Track Chair/Introduction to Research

Yoshimi Anzai, MD, Track Chair/Leadership & Management

Bachir Taouli, MD, Track Chair/MR

Leon Lenchik, MD, Track Chair/Musculoskeletal

Linda Probyn, MD, Track Vice Chair/Musculoskeletal

Christopher P. Hess, MD, PhD, Track Chair/Neuro

Ajay Gupta, MD, Track Vice Chair/Neuro

Katherine A. Zukotynski, MD, PhD, Track Chair/Nuclear Medicine

Evis Sala, MD, PhD, Track Chair/Oncologic Imaging

Geetika Khanna, MD, MS, Track Chair/Pediatrics

Adina L. Alazraki, MD, Track Vice Chair/Pediatrics

Lifeng Yu, PhD, Track Chair/Physics (Diagnostic Radiology)

Jon J. Kruse, PhD, Track Chair/Physics (Radiation Oncology)

Tessa S. Cook, MD, PhD, Track Chair/Radiology Informatics

Luciano M. Prevedello, MD, MPH, Track Chair/Radiology Informatics

Christopher J. Roth, MD, Track Chair/Radiology Informatics

Mitchell E. Tublin, MD, Track Chair/Ultrasound

Vincent B. Ho, MD, MBA, Track Chair/Vascular

James M. Kofler Jr, PhD, AAPM Liaison

Ricardo Restrepo, MD, Case-based Chairman

Jorge A. Soto, MD, Case-based Director/Abdomen

Jiyon Lee, MD, Case-based Director/Breast

Diana Litmanovich, MD, Case-based Director/Cardiac

Edward Y. Lee, MD, Case-based Director/CT

Alexander R. Guimaraes, MD, PhD, Case-based Director/MR

Stacy E. Smith, MD, Case-based Director/Musculoskeletal

Amy F. Juliano, MD, Case-based Director/Neuroradiology

Katherine A. Zukotynski, MD, PhD, Case-based Director/Nuclear Medicine/PET-CT

Abbey Winant, MD, Case-based Director/Pediatric Radiology

Andetta R. Hunsaker, MD, Case-based Director/Thoracic

Deborah J. Rubens, MD, Case-based Director/Ultrasound

Sabala Mandava, MD, Associated Sciences Consortium Chairman