Welcome to the next installment of this year's Road to RSNA preview of the 98th annual RSNA meeting in Chicago. For the fourth year in a row, we're providing a modality-by-modality overview of the most important scientific sessions, poster presentations, and educational exhibits to serve as your guide to events at McCormick Place.
In the realm of molecular imaging, PET/MRI undoubtedly will garner considerable attention, as the hybrid modality gains interest with each new study that exalts its clinical potential.
On Monday morning, Dr. Alexander Drzezga from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital will deliver a keynote address on "MR PET -- Is It Ready for Prime Time?" (10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m., SSC13, Room S505AB). Following his insights will be eight papers on PET/MRI, including research on juveniles with solid tumors.
Attendees also can have an informative molecular imaging and/or nuclear medicine lunch hour with CME posters Sunday through Thursday. The sessions take place each day for one hour beginning at 12:15 p.m. (except Sunday's session, which starts at 12:30 p.m.) at the Lakeside Learning Center. Afternoon CME poster presentations also are scheduled each day for one hour at that venue beginning at 5:00 p.m.
On Sunday, Dr. Homer Macapinlac from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Ukihide Tateishi from the Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, will co-host eight posters on various topics, ranging from FDG-PET/CT to evaluate cardiovascular surgery complications, the assessment of atherosclerotic carotid plaque and stability, and characteristics of patients with cardiac amyloidosis (LL-NMS-SU).
At Monday's afternoon poster session (LL-NMS-MOPM), Dr. Andre Iagaru from Stanford University and Dr. Johannes Czernin from the University of California, Los Angeles will co-host seven posters, which feature how PET/MRI improves image quality in the presence of dental implants, and how PET/CT and contrast-enhanced CT could increase accuracy in detecting small cervical lymph nodes.
Several refresher courses for nuclear medicine physicians also are on the schedule, including "PET Brain Imaging: Current and Emerging Applications and Emphasis on Dementia (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 pm, RC411, Room S505AB) and a minicourse on recording and reporting radiation dose in nuclear medicine (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., RC423, Room E352).
In the area of cardiac imaging, two refresher courses will be held on Thursday: "Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging: SPECT/CT and PET/CT" will highlight cardiac radiology, CT, and nuclear medicine (8:30 a.m-10:00 a.m., RC611, S504CD), and the second will focus on cardiac PET (4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., RC703, Room S404AB).
Several multisession courses also are all available during RSNA 2012. On Thursday morning, "Essentials of Nuclear Medicine" will offer three topics: radiation exposure in nuclear medicine, renal scintigraphy, and updates in bone imaging (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., MSES51, Room S406B).
Previews for several noteworthy molecular imaging and nuclear medicine scientific papers are summarized below. Be sure to follow AuntMinne.com throughout the conference for daily news on the research that will influence radiology for years to come.
To view the RSNA's listing of abstracts for this year's scientific and educational program, click here.