RSNA 2012 opens; make yourself visible; PET/MRI for lymph nodes; RSNA Image Share

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

CHICAGO - RSNA 2012 opened today as the Windy City greeted radiology professionals with a blast of cold weather that shut the door on unseasonably warm Thanksgiving temperatures -- just in time for radiology's showcase conference.

An early start to the Bears/Vikings football game gave today's opening day a festive air as fans in navy blue and burnt orange made their way through the bowels of McCormick Place to nearby Soldier Field. You're forgiven if you gazed wistfully at the tailgate parties on your way to the convention center.

Radiology had business to attend to, and attend to it we did. In the opening address, RSNA President Dr. George Bisset III implored radiologists to step out of the reading room and make themselves more visible to patients. Radiology's future depends on the ability to develop a new kind of "shared ownership" of patients' needs and expectations, he said. Read more by clicking here.

In our clinical coverage of RSNA 2012, German researchers found that PET/MRI was better than diffusion-weighted MRI for detecting lymph node metastases in the staging of head and neck cancer patients, in coverage you can read by clicking here.

The RSNA's Image Share project for patient-driven image exchange is making progress, despite a small number of hiccups. Get an update on what's going on by clicking here.

And another session asked whether ultrasound is a good option for breast screening in countries where mammography isn't available. Click here to find out.

We'll continue to post updates on RSNA 2012 proceedings at our RADCast @ RSNA special section ... just go to radcast.auntminnie.com to see the latest coverage, or visit our Twitter feed for even faster news – you'll find us @AuntMinnie.

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