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    December 01, 2012

    Numbers in the News

    1.4
    Percent decrease in median compensation for interventional radiologists in 2011, according to the latest results from an annual survey. Diagnostic radiologists saw a 0.45 percent decrease. Read more here.

    25
    Approximate number of sites to be added to the RSNA Image Share network in the coming months. Read more about the project, designed to help patients access their medical images and reports, here.

    75
    Estimated percent of dose reduction achieved when using PET/MR instead of PET/CT in lung cancer staging, according to a recent study. Read more here.

    1,400
    Approximate number of imaging exams performed by radiologists at the Olympic Village during the London 2012 summer games. Learn more about radiology’s critical role in Olympic medical services here.

    SNM Names Officers, Awards Honors

    Frederic H. Fahey, D.Sc.
    Fahey
    Gary Dillehay, M.D.
    Dillehay
    Peter Herscovitch, M.D.
    Herscovitch
    Abass Alavi, M.D.
    Alavi
    Steven Larson, M.D.
    Larson
    Daniel S. Berman, M.D.
    Berman
    Mark M. Goodman, Ph.D.
    Goodman

    Frederic H. Fahey, D.Sc., director of nuclear medicine physics at Children’s Hospital Boston and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, was named president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) during its recent annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.

    Other SNM officers elected for 2012-13 are Gary Dillehay, M.D., professor of radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, president-elect, and Peter Herscovitch, M.D., director of the PET Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., vice-president-elect.

    Abass Alavi, M.D. and Steven Larson, M.D., known for their substantial research and contributions to the field of nuclear medicine, were awarded SNM’s Benedict Cassen Prize. Dr. Alavi is a professor of radiology and director of research education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

    Dr. Larson is an attending physician in the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell University Medical Center and a professor in the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, both in New York. He is also chief of nuclear medicine service, vice-chairman for radiology research, and director of the Laurent and Alberta Gerschel Positron Emission Tomography Center, and Donna & Benjamin M. Rosen chair in radiology in the Department of Radiology at Memorial Hospital in New York. Dr. Larson chairs the RSNA Molecular Imaging Committee, is a member of the Public Information Advisors Network and was named RSNA Outstanding Researcher in 2004.

    Daniel S. Berman, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), was awarded the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his contributions to the nuclear medicine profession. Dr. Berman is director of nuclear cardiology/cardiac imaging, professor of imaging, attending physician in the departments of Imaging and Medicine, and co-director of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Program at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    The Paul C. Aebersold Award was given to Mark M. Goodman, Ph.D., a program director of the Center for Systems Imaging (CSI) and professor of radiology and imaging sciences, psychiatry, and hematology and oncology at Emory University in Atlanta.

    New Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology Certificate Available from ABR

    American Board of Radiology (ABR) logo 

    The American Board of Medical Specialties has approved an application from the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for a new Dual Primary Certificate in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology.

    Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) President Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., described the decision as “a seminal event in the history of interventional radiology,” while SIR Past-President John A. Kaufman, M.D., called it an important step in the formalizing the interventionalist’s clinical role. “Recognition of the interventional radiologist’s imaging, technical and periprocedural patient care competencies speaks directly to the specialty’s focus on patients, innovation and advanced image-guided techniques,” said Dr. Kaufman, who chaired the SIR/ABR task force that has been developing the certificate since 2005.

    The new Dual Certificate in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology is ABR’s fourth primary certificate and the 37th overall in the U.S.

    “Since the early 20th century, board certification—a form of professional self-regulation—has assured the public of the qualifications of medical professionals,” said ABR Executive Director Gary J. Becker, M.D. “Only rarely does the house of medicine acknowledge the importance of a new primary specialty certificate in fulfilling these responsibilities. ABR supported the creation of this primary certificate based on the need to ensure that future trainees acquire the requisite combination of clinical, procedural and interpretive skills necessary for the safe and competent practice of interventional radiology.

    “The interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology certificate ensures that board-certified interventional radiologists are trained and qualified to deliver the highest level of care available today, and it demands that this same quality be made available to all future patients,” added Dr. Becker, who served as 2009 RSNA president.

    RSNA is Largest Medical Meeting

    RSNA Technical Exhibits 

    RSNA tops the annual list of the 50 largest U.S. medical meetings released by the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA). RSNA reported attendance of 59,097 at RSNA 2011. In second place was the Greater New York Dental Meeting, with 53,789 attendees.

    In its report, HCEA noted that average reported professional attendance at medical meetings increased 3.2 percent over 2010, while average reported total attendance increased 2.2 percent. HCEA aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare conventions and exhibits as an educational and marketing medium and foster better understanding and cooperation between industry and healthcare associations.

    BIR Hounsfield Biography Marks 40th Anniversary of CT

    BIR Hounsfield Biography 

    A mild-mannered and pleasant but determined genius, Sir Godfrey Hounsfield made a great breakthrough in medical imaging with CT in 1972. Read how this mostly self-taught farm boy went on to become a Nobel laureate and changed the world in the new biography, “Godfrey Hounsfield: Intuitive Genius of CT,” published by the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Hounsfield’s landmark announcement of CT at the BIR Congress.

    Written by Stephen Bates, Liz Beckmann, Adrian Thomas and Richard Waltham, the book includes many recollections from the inventor’s family, friends and colleagues. All proceeds go to BIR, as designated in Hounsfield’s will.

    To order, go to BIR.org.UK and click Publications/Book Shop.

    Donaldson Awarded Stanford’s Prestigious Dean’s Medal

    Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D. 

    2013 RSNA President Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., was awarded the Stanford University Medical Center’s Dean’s Medal at an October ceremony at the university in Stanford, Calif. Dr. Donaldson, the Catharine and Howard Avery Professor at Stanford, is one of three recipients of the medal, the medical school’s highest honor.

    Dr. Donaldson, who joined the university in 1973, serves as associate residency program director of radiation oncology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and is chief of radiation oncology service at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. As a world-renowned authority on pediatric radiation oncology, Dr. Donaldson has developed therapeutic approaches for pediatric Hodgkin’s disease, childhood soft tissue and bone cancers, and lymphomas of the eye, among other disorders.

    Dr. Donaldson was elected to the RSNA Board of Directors in 2005 and served as liaison for publications and communications. Dr. Donaldson has served—and is once again serving—on the Board of Trustees of the RSNA Research & Education Foundation and the Public Information Advisors Network. She was elected RSNA second vice-president in 2003.

    Renew RSNA Membership Now

    RSNA membership renewal is due by December 31 to avoid interruption of your subscription to RSNA News and many other benefits:

    • Access to Radiology and RadioGraphics 
    • Access to the myRSNA® personalized Web portal
    • Free tools to help with continuing medical education

    Renew online at RSNA.org/renew or by mail with the invoice sent to you early in October. For more information, please contact membership@rsna.org or 1-877-RSNA-MEM (1-877-776-2636) or 1-630-571-7873 outside the U.S. and Canada.

    Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria Finalized; Effective Date Postponed

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. All providers must achieve meaningful use under the Stage 1 criteria before moving to Stage 2.

    Stage 2 criteria become effective in 2014, one year later than originally called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Stage 2 criteria include using secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information, recording electronic notes in patient records, making imaging results accessible through certified EHR technology and reporting cancer and other cases to specialized registries.

    For more on Meaningful Use and the Stage 2 criteria, go to www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Stage_2.html.

    Read about radiology’s reaction to Stage 2 in the September 2012 issue of RSNA News /NewsDetail.aspx?id=634 and an RSNA News update on the final rule /NewsDetail.aspx?id=7498.

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