Analyzing the 2012 election; Road to RSNA rolls on; putting ultrasound first

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

Had enough postelection analysis yet? We didn't think so! That's why we're pleased to bring you a new article in our Imaging Leaders Digital Community that dissects the meaning of last week's events for radiology.

Associate editor Kate Madden Yee talked to several policy-watchers who offer their perspectives on the election's outcome, in particular what it means for radiology.

Most cited two looming issues on the agenda: efforts to fix the sustainable growth rate formula, and how to keep the U.S. government from driving off the "fiscal cliff" -- Beltway-speak for severe budget cuts and tax increases slated to go into effect in 2013 unless Congress is able to agree on an alternate deficit-reduction plan.

Other major topics include how Obama's healthcare reform plan will be implemented, and whether the government will seek to close loopholes in antiphysician self-referral laws. Learn more about what to expect by clicking here, or visit the community at

Road to RSNA rolls on

Our Road to RSNA preview of the 2012 RSNA meeting rolls on, with new sections launched this week on MRI, women's imaging, digital x-ray, and advanced visualization.

Road to RSNA is a great way to help build your RSNA schedule by seeing the educational and scientific presentations that are sure to make waves at this month's meeting. Get started by visiting

Putting ultrasound first

Finally, amid all the talk around reducing radiation dose, there's one modality that's both safe for patients and inexpensive to boot: ultrasound.

Ultrasound often seems to get left behind in the dose-reduction debate. But a group of the modality's proponents, led by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, is seeking to change that, and it took the first steps with a symposium held earlier this week in New York City.

Associate editor Cynthia E. Keen was on hand and filed an article for our Ultrasound Digital Community. She encountered a group of passionate professionals who see ultrasound as a solution to deliver better patient care at lower dose. Learn more by clicking here, or visit the community at

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