Radiology in public focus

Press releases were sent to the medical news media for the following articles appearing in recent issues of RSNA Journals.

Increasing Awareness of the Latest Developments in Radiology

Media pitches help increase visibility of RSNA journals and the high-quality research we publish. Recent Radiology articles pitched to media outlets offer authoritative opinions and practical updates relevant to radiologists across the field.

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Editorial Calls for Human-AI Symbiosis in Patient Care

A new editorial published in Radiology explores how radiologists and AI can work together to improve patient care.

The article, authored by Hiroto Hatabu, MD, PhD, Warren B. Gefter, MD, Mathias Prokop, MD, Joon Beom Seo, MD, Suhail Raoof, MD, and RSNA President Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, examines the use of AI for interpretation of chest X-rays. The authors propose that in the coming years, radiologists will increasingly interpret chest X-rays and other imaging exams in symbiotic partnership with AI. While AI applications are trained to maximize detection or classification accuracy, the AI-human symbiotic pair can optimize patient care. As AI lessens workloads and turnaround time, the authors encourage radiologists to use this gained time for more direct engagement with patients and referring clinicians.

“If radiologists proactively adapt and evolve together with AI, we will not be replaced; we’ll be rescued,” the authors write. “With less time devoted to routine tasks, radiologists will be able to reclaim the role they were always meant to have: that of the caring and supportive physician. Symbiosis with AI will allow radiologists to be less like machines, and more human.”

Access the Radiology editorial, “Human-AI Symbiosis: A Path Forward to Improve Chest Radiography and the Role of Radiologists in Patient Care.”

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Radiology Publishes Update to C-RADS

An update to the CT Colonography Reporting and Data System (C-RADS), published in Radiology, provides useful insights gained since the implementation of the original system in 2005. C-RADS has proven to be a robust classification scheme for CT colonography (CTC) findings. The C-RADS v2023 represents an update on the scheme used for colorectal and extracolonic findings on CTC.

Increased experience has demonstrated confusion on how to classify the mass-like appearance of the colon consisting of soft tissue density that occurs in segments with acute or chronic diverticulitis. Therefore, the update introduces a new subcategory, C2b, specifically for masslike diverticular strictures that are likely benign.

Additionally, the update simplifies extracolonic classification by combining E1 and E2 categories into an updated extracolonic category of E1/E2 since irrespective of whether a finding is considered a normal variant (E1) or an otherwise clinically unimportant finding (E2), no additional follow-up is required. This simplifies and streamlines the classification into one category which results in the same management recommendation.

“We hope this update encourages wider adoption of CTC and further standardizes the reporting and management of colonic and extracolonic findings using a simplified, clinically useful standardized lexicon and reporting structure for CTC,” the authors write.

Access the article, “CT Colonography Reporting and Data System (C-RADS): Version 2023 Update.”

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Focusing on Future Directions in Radiology

Wrapping up its centennial year, Radiology published two special editorials focused on the future of radiology.

The first editorial, by Umar Mahmood, MD, PhD, chair of the RSNA Board of Directors, looks at the future of molecular imaging, cancer therapies and precision medicine. With the ability to noninvasively characterize disease using a broadening array of molecular imaging agents, radiologists can increasingly optimize treatment for each individual oncology patient.

“A foundational strength of radiology over the last century is that we have readily embraced new approaches and technologies, improving diagnostic certainty and patient outcomes,” Dr. Mahmood said. “Our embrace of precision medicine will enable us, in partnership with our oncology colleagues, to substantially reduce the scourge of cancer in the coming decades.”

The second editorial, by RSNA Board member Adam E. Flanders, MD, and J. Raymond Geis, MD, focuses on neuroradiology. AI use cases today include tools that can detect traumatic brain injury, stroke, spine fracture, cerebral aneurysm and rupture risk. However, their use remains the purview of early adopters.

Much remains to be learned about how these tools affect clinical decision-making and workflow for overall patient care, radiology departments and neuroradiologists.

“As we celebrate Radiology’s centennial, we note that there are myriad potential neuroimaging AI use cases to consider,” the authors write. “However, in this editorial, we will focus on three: one that has been in clinical use for a relatively long period (stroke imaging), another that is nascent (degenerative spine assessment), and, finally, one that has yet to transition from the laboratory to the clinic (radiogenomics in neuro-oncology).”

Access the Radiology editorials, “Molecular Imaging, Oncology, and the Arc toward Our Precision Future,” and “NextGen Neuroradiology AI.”

RSNA 2024 Generates Record Media Coverage

RSNA 2023 reached the highest media coverage of all time for RSNA, with 32,014 placements and more than 23 billion estimated audience impressions. Read the article in the March issue on the top three press releases from RSNA 2023.

In addition, each month RSNA analyzes audience impressions of its press releases to identify patterns and assess the extent and effectiveness of the publicity. In December, 2,959 RSNA-related news stories were tracked in the media.

These stories had over 1.2 billion audience impressions. Coverage included Fox News, Healio, Drugs.com, Newsday, Benzinga, STAT News, WebMD, MedPage Today, Applied Radiology, Auntminnie.com, Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare Business News and Radiology Business.

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Help Your Patients Stay Informed with RadiologyInfo.org

RadiologyInfo.org, the public information website produced by RSNA and ACR, offers a growing assortment of patient-friendly information on a variety of health and medical imaging topics.

New and updated content is released throughout the year, including the site’s latest addition on endometriosis. Available information for the condition includes a description, methods for diagnosis, evaluation and treatment, and understanding which test, procedure or treatment is most appropriate based on clinical evaluation.

Also available now in the “Radiology and You” section of RadiologyInfo.org is a new series of articles entitled, “How to Read Your New Radiology Report,” and a video series entitled, “Understanding Your Radiology Report.” The series currently includes information on reading reports on abdominal and pelvic CT and chest X-ray. Planned additions include brain MRI and mammography. Share them with your patients to help them learn more about radiology and prepare for upcoming imaging exams.

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