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    April 01, 2013

    Numbers in the News

    Number of subspecialty and modality categories covered on the new computer-based and image-rich American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core Examination, to be administered for the first time in fall 2013. For more information about the new test, click here.


    Number of new video clips on RadiologyInfo.org. Click here to learn more about the latest in the “Your Radiologist Explains” video series to help explain various radiology tests and treatments to visitors to the public information website. Topics include cardiac CT, lung cancer and blood clots.


    Approximate number, in thousands, of predicted deaths from prostate cancer in 2013, according to the National Cancer Institute. Click here to learn about research, funded by the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation, that could improve image-guided radiation therapy for the disease.


    Number of R&E Foundation grant applications received for 2013. Applications are currently under review and funding decisions will be made by the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees later this month. For more information on RSNA's R&E Foundation, click here.

    AAWR Announces 2012 Awards

    The American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) has announced its 2012 award recipients:




    Parvati Ramchandani, M.D., section chief of genitourinary radiology and professor of radiology and surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, received the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award. Dr. Ramchandani is a member of the RSNA Public Information Committee, the Public Information Advisors Network and the Genitourinary Radiology Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee.

    Etta D. Pisano, M.D., vice-president for medical affairs, dean of the College of Medicine and professor in the Department of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), received the Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Pisano is a member of RSNA’s Public Information Advisors Network and is a past-president of the Association of University Radiologists.

    Noriko Salamon, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine, was honored with the Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award.



    Gayatri Joshi, M.D., a fourth-year radiology resident at MUSC, received the Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology.

    Michelle M. Kim, M.D., a fourth-year radiation oncology resident at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, was honored with the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology.

    Thrall Steps Down as Radiologist-in-Chief at MGH; Brink Fills Position



    James H. Thrall, M.D., has stepped down as radiologist-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in Boston, effective February 1. He was succeeded by James A. Brink, M.D., previously chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University.

    In 1988, Dr. Thrall became the first person to receive the Juan M. Taveras Professorship of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School and was appointed radiologist-in-chief at MGH, positions he has held since then. A renowned researcher, Dr. Thrall’s clinical interests include nuclear cardiology, PET scanning and skeletal scintigraphy. Dr. Thrall has lectured internationally on radiology in medicine, and is considered a preeminent authority on the subject worldwide. He is also a nationally recognized expert in radiology and economics.

    Dr. Thrall has served as president of the American Roentgen Ray Society and as Chairman of the Board of Chancellors and President of the American College of Radiology (ACR). Dr. Thrall was awarded the RSNA Gold Medal in 2007 and served on the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2008. He has served as Perspectives Editor for Radiology. Dr. Thrall will continue to serve on the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, where he will help guide the national research agenda for radiology. He plans to remain active in research at the MGH.

    Dr. Brink held his post at Yale since 2006. He serves as vice-president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Dr. Brink is co-chair of the ACR-RSNA Joint Task Force on Adult Radiation Protection (see My Turn, Page 4) and is a member of RSNA’s Patient-Centered Radiology Steering Committee.

    NIBIB Appoints New Advisory Council Members



    Three new members have been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB):

    Sohi Rastegar, Ph.D., director of the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation at the U.S. National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering.

    Bruce Tromberg, M.D., director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic and a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

    Sheldon Weinbaum, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering at the City College of the City University of New York.

    NIBIB, a component of the National Institutes of Health, implements a wide variety of biomedical imaging and bioengineering programs to foster the development of innovative medical technologies to improve healthcare.

    ASNR Awards Barkovich Gold Medal

    2012 RSNA Outstanding Researcher A. James Barkovich, M.D., was awarded the 2012 American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Gold Medal. Dr. Barkovich is a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, neurology, pediatrics and neurosurgery and chief of pediatric neuroradiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Dr. Barkovich helped pioneer the use of MR imaging to search for evidence of injury or abnormal development in the brains of newborns. His research significantly contributed to the decreased frequency of neonatal brain injury and the improved outcomes of injured neonates over the past 20 years.

    A. James Barkovich, M.D., (left) receives the American Society of Neuroradiology gold medal from 2011-12 ASNR President David B. Hackney, M.D., (center) and Gold Medal Committee Chair M. Judith Donovan-Post, M.D.


    New York Roentgen Society Celebrates 100 Years

    Founded in in April 1912, the New York Roentgen Society (NYRS) celebrated its 100th anniversary during its October annual meeting. NYRS is the second oldest radiology society in the U.S. and the only American society from which Wilhelm Roentgen accepted an honorary membership.

    A gala dinner was held during the centenary celebration honoring all NYRS past-presidents including 2011 RSNA President Burton P. Drayer, M.D., and 2010 RSNA President Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.

    Radiology Introduces “Fast-Track” for Journal Submissions

    Responding to the need for more rapid processing of “high interest” manuscripts, Radiology recently introduced a fast-track option for journal submissions.

    While all authors can request fast-track processing, the journal is particularly interested in articles involving rapidly developing, competitive areas such as molecular imaging, PET/CT, PET/MR imaging and cardiovascular imaging, according to Radiology Editor Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D. The goal is to publish fast-track articles online within two months of manuscript submission.

    For example, “Submillisievert Median Radiation Dose for Coronary Angiography with a Second-Generation 320–Detector Row CT Scanner in 107 Consecutive Patients,” was published online January 23, 2013, about six weeks after submission.

    Authors are required to include a letter documenting the reasons that their manuscript is appropriate for fast-track processing at the time of online submission through ScholarOne and send a copy of the letter to Radiology editorial office at radiology@rsna.org. The author will receive a determination within two working days of submission.

    For more information on the fast-track processing, see Dr. Kressel’s January 2013 Radiology editorial, “Changes for Changing Times,” at radiology.rsna.org/content/266/1/3.full.

    Tell a Colleague—Renew Now

    RSNA members who did not renew their membership by Dec. 31, 2012, ceased receiving their RSNA publications, including RSNA News. Know someone who hasn’t renewed? Encourage them to retain all the benefits of RSNA membership by renewing today at RSNA.org/renew.

    In addition to subscriptions to RSNA News, RadioGraphics and Radiology, RSNA benefits include:

    • Free advance registration to the annual meeting
    • Free education tools to maximize learning and earn CME
    • Networking opportunities with radiology professionals from across the globe
    • myRSNA®, which lets you build your own personal online workspace

    Members who are transitioning into practice from training pay reduced rates their first and second years. For more information, contact membership@rsna.org, 1-877-RSNA-MEM (776-2636) or 1-630-571-7873 (outside the U.S. or Canada).

    In Memoriam

    Philip W. Ralls, M.D.

    Ultrasound expert Philip W. Ralls, M.D., passed away September 23, 2012. He was 64.

    Dr. Ralls was vice-chair of the Department of Radiology Academic Affairs and a professor of radiology at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ralls served as president of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound from 2007 to 2009 and as president of the ultrasound section of the Los Angeles Radiological Society from 1984 to 1986.

    Bertram R. Girdany, M.D.

    Bertram R. Girdany, M.D., a pioneer in the field of pediatric radiology, passed away July 31, 2012. He was 93.

    In 1950, Dr. Girdany was hired by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to establish its radiology department. He went on to become chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His work in pediatrics and radiology in the 1950s and 1960s led to significant strides in documenting injuries caused by physical abuse and understanding battered child syndrome. Dr. Girdany was a charter member of the Society for Pediatric Radiology.

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