What to expect at RSNA 2013

by Carol Ko, Staff Writer | November 20, 2013
From the November 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The 99th Annual Radiological Society of North America’s Annual Meeting of 2013 takes place December 1-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and more than 50,000 attendees are expected.

The theme of this year’s meeting, “The Power of Partnership,” speaks to the profession’s need for increased teamwork to tackle challenges brought on by changes in health care. This means developing partnerships within radiology, between departments outside of radiology, and with patients. And as RSNA continues to draw an increasingly international audience, the organization expects to put more emphasis on global partnerships as well.

In accordance with this theme, RSNA sought to broaden its reach beyond a scientific audience by selecting former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice as the keynote speaker this year. Rice will deliver a speech about using education and leadership to tackle current challenges in health care. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Other lectures offered at RSNA this year include Imaging in Partnership: With Physics and Quantitative Medicine by Dr. James E. Deye; Stem Cells: Implications for the Radiological Sciences by Dr. Irving L. Weissman; and Beneficial Liaisons: Imaging and Therapy by Dr. Paul M. Harari.

As always, attendees at the conference can broaden their professional experience through a variety of means, whether they’re learning about the latest in radiologic scientific research, viewing the latest imaging technologies, networking with their peers, or earning continuing education credits. This year, RSNA is trying something different with its Enhanced Education Exhibits: on a few traditional stand-alone posters, they will have embedded QR codes and additional features such as video clips, quiz material and teaching points that can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets to be viewed during the meeting or afterward.

Trends in this year’s scientific presentations and education exhibits include emerging modalities and techniques such as tomosynthesis, elastography, immunoradiology, PET/MR and high intensity-focused ultrasound.

Recent innovations in molecular imaging boosted education exhibit submissions on the topic by 25 percent — much of it fueled by abstracts around PET/MR, a new modality that holds exciting potential for oncologic, cardiovascular and neurologic applications.

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