What to expect at RSNA 2013

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

Non-FDA PET biotracers for tumor detection — many of which have the potential to significantly improve imaging for cancer patients — will also be a focus during the Oncology series session on Tuesday.

On the breast submissions side, presentations will focus on new technologies such as tomosynthesis, quantitative imaging and MR screening for intermediate-risk women. In particular, the sessions will focus on imaging and risk prediction tailored toward individual patients.

High-intensity focused ultrasound, a novel technique that uses ultrasound energy to ablate damaged tissue, is also well-represented this year in both breast imaging and in musculoskeletal radiology.

In light of the industry’s focus on cost savings and budget management, RSNA will also introduce a new subcategory to its sessions this year: economics. Related sessions include, “The Role of Radiology in Accountable Care Organizations,” “What Does the Fiscal Cliff Compromise and Sequestration Really Mean,” and “Hospital Readmissions: A Penalty that Will Affect Interventional Radiologists.”

Attendees can also learn about relevant topics such as “Top Ten Commonly Misordered Diagnostic Imaging Studies by Primary Care Physicians” and “Current Status of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis.” Presentations around evidence-based medicine, quality, practice management and medical management will also help radiologists stay afoot of tips on managing costs for their department, and address the difficulties of trying to save costs without sacrificing quality of care.

On the exhibit floor, medical professionals will have a chance to see and learn about a variety of medical equipment and devices being offered up by over 650 companies from around the world.

Highlights on the 2013 show floor include: Exhibitor Product Theater, where professionals can discover new products, services and software systems from exhibitors; three vendor workshops where radiologists and other health care professionals will find hands-on learning experiences; IHR image sharing demonstrations that demonstrate how software systems can communicate seamlessly across locations; and publishers row, where attendees can shop for

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