Radiology in public focus

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

Kate Hannemann

Radiologists Propose Actions to Combat Climate Change

A diverse writing group has developed an approach for radiology departments and practices to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to the effects of climate change.

In an article published in Radiology, lead author Kate Hanneman, MD, MPH, vice chair of research and associate professor at the University of Toronto and deputy lead of sustainability at the Joint Department of Medical Imaging, Toronto General Hospital, and colleagues hoped to increase awareness of the connection between planetary health and radiology and highlight actions that can be implemented to mitigate radiology’s environmental impact.

“Not all of the suggested actions will be applicable or feasible to implement in every radiology department,” Dr. Hanneman said. “Sustainability teams will need to think creatively to determine what actions will have the greatest impact in their department.”

Read the related RSNA News story, “Radiologists Propose Actions To Combat Climate Change.”

Bina Choi, MD

Lung Abnormality Progression Linked to Acute Respiratory Disease in Smokers

Smokers who have small abnormalities on their CT scans that grow over time have a greater likelihood of experiencing acute respiratory disease events, according to a study published in Radiology.

Bina Choi, MD, associate physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and postdoctoral fellow at the Applied Chest Imaging Laboratory, Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues sought to determine if progression in QIA on chest CT was associated with acute respiratory disease events in individuals with a history of smoking.

“Severe acute respiratory disease events may be a sign of disease activity and a source of morbidity at the earliest stages of lung tissue injury,” Dr. Choi said. “Some people with QIA progression may merit more aggressive monitoring and earlier intervention.”

Read the related RSNA News article, “Lung Abnormality Progression Linked to Acute Respiratory Disease in Smokers.”

Andrea Cozzi, MD

GPT-4, Google Gemini Fall Short in Breast Imaging Classification

Use of publicly available large language models (LLMs) resulted in changes in breast imaging reports classification that could have a negative effect on patient management, according to a study published in Radiology.

Study co-lead author Andrea Cozzi, MD, PhD, radiology resident and post-doctoral research fellow at the Imaging Institute of Southern Switzerland, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, in Lugano, and colleagues tested the generic LLMs on the agreement between human readers and LLMs for Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) category assignment.

“The results of this study add to the growing body of evidence that reminds us of the need to carefully understand and highlight the pros and cons of LLM use in health care,” Dr. Cozzi said.

Read the related RSNA News article, “GPT-4, Google Gemini Fall Short in Breast Imaging Classification.”

News Media Coverage of RSNA

In April, 2,863 RSNA-related news stories were tracked in the media with nearly 1.7 billion audience impressions.

Coverage included Yahoo! News, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, People,, HealthDay,, Benzinga, Newsmax, Medical Xpress, Imaging Technology News and

April’s top press releases included:

RSNA and GE HealthCare Bring Advanced Mammography Technology to Tanzania (681 placements)

Radiologists at Muhimbili National Hospital, part of the Muhimbili University of Health and Sciences and the largest public hospital in Tanzania, received the latest mammography technology and advanced imaging training to help clinicians improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the country.

GPT-4 Matches Radiologists in Detecting Errors in Radiology Reports (218 placements)

Large language model GPT-4 matched the performance of radiologists in detecting errors in radiology reports and has the potential to reduce processing time and cost. The research was published in Radiology.

Novel CT Exam Reduces Need for Invasive Artery Treatment (183 placements)

A new study showed that a non-invasive imaging test can help identify patients with coronary artery blockage or narrowing who need a revascularization procedure. The findings were published as a Special Report in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

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