(This report was presented to the Board of Directors during RSNA 2009.)
In 2009, RSNA continued to provide the very best in radiologic science and education in the present, while at the same time looking to the future through collaborations with other organizations, an increasing global focus and fostering the development of cutting-edge radiologic technology.
RSNA welcomed Richard L. Baron, M.D., a pioneer in abdominal imaging and in the gastrointestinal applications of CT and MR imaging, as the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors. He served as the liaison-designate for education in 2009, working with George S. Bisset III, M.D. In 2010, when Dr. Bisset becomes the RSNA Board chairman, Dr. Baron will assume the role of liaison.
RSNA named Mark G. Watson as the new RSNA executive director in April 2009. Watson has served RSNA in a variety of capacities for almost 20 years, including interim executive director since September 2008. In naming Watson as executive director, the Board recognized not only his history of distinguished service with RSNA but also his ability to provide the good counsel and effective leadership needed to realize the promise of RSNA's future.
Following Watson’s appointment were other additions to the Society executive leadership—RSNA promoted Controller Sally Nikkel to the position of Associate Executive Director for Finance and Administration and welcomed Karen E. Bresson, CAE, as the new Associate Executive Director for Marketing and Membership.
With its theme of Quality Counts, the RSNA 2009 opening session examined radiology’s quantitative future, addressed the importance of patient-centered radiology and looked at the role of radiology in achieving national priorities for transforming healthcare.
The RSNA 2009 New Horizons Lecture focused on extracting quantitative information from MR, while the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology explored quantitative imaging and reporting. The Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology detailed the latest in radiation therapy for breast tumors.A mock jury trial presented during RSNA 2009 gave attendees the opportunity to watch and learn from a re-enactment of a real-world malpractice case involving a patient who died of lung cancer. The “RSNA Presents" series featured the United Kingdom and focused on research advances in emergency radiology, high-resolution CT of the lung, and MR fluoroscopy.
New to RSNA 2009 was a two-part session featuring representatives from the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, who discussed the availability of SBIR funding for researchers in advancing medical imaging technologies. The Digital Mammography Training and Self-Assessment Workshop was expanded for RSNA 2009, adding breast tomosynthesis and breast MR.
RSNA dedicated its 2009 RSNA Meeting Program to the memory of 1978 RSNA President Henry P. Pendergrass, M.D., and to the memory of 1980 RSNA President Hillier L. Baker Jr., M.D. The New Horizons Lecture was dedicated to the memory of Edward V. Staab, M.D.
Among the many RSNA 2009 sessions presented in collaboration with other societies was an RSNA-SNM course which combined didactic and case-based sessions on PET/CT. RSNA collaborated with the American Academy of Family Physicians to present the “Radiology and the Family Physician” course and with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to offer a new 1½-day educational track for radiologic technologists.
At the RSNA Education Store at RSNA 2009, RSNA and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine unveiled the first phase of Web-based physics teaching modules designed to improve basic science education for radiology residents.
In addition to numerous collaborations yielding relevant and popular annual meeting content, RSNA continued its work with partner organizations on numerous other projects in 2009.
RSNA formed two task forces with the American College of Radiology (ACR), addressing such diverse topics as an adult radiation protection program and resident training in professionalism. RSNA continues to work with ACR to promote ACR's "Face of Radiology" campaign, which seeks to inform the public about the role of radiologists in healthcare, and the two organizations hosted a joint Residents Reception at RSNA 2009.
RSNA is assisting the National Cancer Institute with an epidemiological study of physicians who perform fluoroscopy-guided procedures and is also working with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to convene a methodology workshop on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in Imaging.
RSNA and the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology will co-present a March 2010 conference, “Imaging for Treatment Assessment and Radiation Therapy.” Also next March, RSNA will co-sponsor the GU Cancer Symposium, an American Society of Clinical Oncology program focusing on genitourinary radiology and oncology. The RSNA and European Society of Radiology (ESR) leaders had a productive leadership retreat in September to discuss potential joint international projects.
RSNA continued its activities on a global front in 2009, collaborating with ACR on an international observership program whereby each organization sponsors an international radiologist as he or she spends six weeks learning at a U.S. institution. The first radiologists to participate are from Iraq.
RSNA joined Global Outreach Radiology, or GO-RAD, a new virtual journal launched by the International Society of Radiology. Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., and RadioGraphics Editor William W. Olmsted, M.D., select articles from their respective journals to contribute to GO-RAD, where they are available free to radiologists in developing nations.
In 2009, RSNA worked with radiology societies around the globe to facilitate International Visiting Professor trips to Estonia, Bolivia, South Africa, Argentina and Mexico. In 2010, teams will travel to the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil and Mexico.
At RSNA 2009, RSNA convened a meeting of international radiology leaders to discuss trends and perspectives on training, certification and practice in hybrid imaging around the world.
Publications and Communications
In addition to their new contributions to the GO-RAD journal, RSNA journals celebrated rising impact factors (according to the 2008 Citations Reports® from the Thomson/Institute for Scientific Information Annual Citation). Radiology has an impact factor of 5.996 (up from 5.561 in 2007) and RadioGraphics has an impact factor of 3.095 (up from 2.542).
In 2009, Radiology launched a monthly podcast featuring Dr. Kressel and “How I Do It” videos featuring authors of selected articles. RadioGraphics continued to enhance its online CME offerings.
RSNA continued to communicate with the public at large about radiology and the role of the specialty in patient care. In early 2009, RSNA continued to track data regarding media coverage of RSNA 2008. More than 160 members of the medical news media attended RSNA 2008, providing coverage of the meeting via newspaper, television, radio and the Internet. Popular stories included a study of self-embedding disorder in teens, new developments in autism research and a study of how including a patient's photo can enhance a radiologist's reading of an exam.
In 2009, RSNA continued in its leadership role in advancing the applications of information technology in healthcare. With the RadLex® lexicon mostly completed, RSNA is embarking on its Structured Reporting initiative. Meanwhile, the Society’s commitment to connectivity is evident in its continued central role in the North American and international Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) efforts and the hosting of the annual IHE Connectathon involving almost every major corporate vendor in medical information technology.
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) recently awarded RSNA a $4.7 million contract for a two-year pilot to design, develop and launch an Internet-based network for patient-controlled sharing of medical images and reports, making the information available for patients’ personal health records (PHRs).
Finally, RSNA in 2009 continued to enhance its myRSNA™ personalized homepage for the convenience and widespread use of Society membership.
The Future of RSNA and Radiology
In 2009, RSNA launched a new strategic plan that added a significant new goal—to shape and advance radiology’s future. This new goal encompasses a variety of initiatives, including convening radiology thought leaders to articulate a vision for the future of the specialty, preparing professionals in the radiologic sciences for an increasingly quantitative future and advancing the frontiers of radiology informatics.Examining its own future as well as that of the specialty, RSNA began a 12-month process to renew its accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
Meanwhile, a new RSNA committee is exploring both the Society’s past and its future. The Centennial Committee will identify appropriate themes and programs to mark the anniversary throughout the centennial year beginning with RSNA 2014 and ending with RSNA 2015.
Solid Foundation for What Lies Ahead
As it prepares to celebrate 100 years as a leader in radiologic science, education, and information technology, RSNA realizes its accomplishments uniquely position the Society as it embarks on a new century of charting a course for radiology and preparing and empowering professionals for that future.
The hard work and professionalism of RSNA members have helped establish the Society’s reputation as a radiology leader and partner. I join the rest of the Board in thanking our many dedicated volunteers who contribute to RSNA’s many successful programs, publications and partnerships.
Burton P. Drayer, M.D.Chairman, 2009 RSNA Board of Directors