RSNA 2012 News
Techs often bear brunt of media misinformation about imaging
November 30, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Do you remember the ruckus last year when television celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended on the "Dr. Oz Show" the use of thyroid shields during mammograms? While Oz appears to have changed his tune, social media continues to promote this misconception, according to an ASRT @ RSNA presentation at the RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Time to ditch the chest x-ray, researchers conclude
November 29, 2012 -- CHICAGO - If cost isn't an issue -- and that's a big if -- it's time to say goodbye to chest radiography, say researchers from Norway who compared chest x-ray to ultralow-dose CT. Results were presented on Thursday at the 2012 RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Radiology decision-support tool captures online knowledge
November 29, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Semantic Web technology tools can be used to provide radiologists with decision support during image interpretation, according to research presented on Thursday at the 2012 RSNA annual meeting.  Discuss
Only half of patients identify radiologists as physicians
November 29, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Barely half of patients understand that radiologists are "real" doctors, a new poll of more than 300 individuals revealed. Researchers from Indiana presented the findings on Wednesday at the RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Organ doses for CT exams line up with SSDE dose estimates
November 29, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Absorbed organ doses are very close to size-specific dose estimates (SSDE) in CT exams of the abdomen and pelvis, confirming the validity of radiology's new and more accurate dose measurement technique, according to a study presented at the RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Dalai in RSNA 'Wonderland'
November 29, 2012 -- CHICAGO - For years, the PACSman Awards were an annual tradition in's coverage of the RSNA conference. With the PACSman hanging up his typewriter in 2010, the baton has now passed to the Dalai Lama of PACS, radiologist and blogger Dr. Sam Friedman, who shares his unique RSNA experience.  Discuss
CT helps identify belly fat as osteoporosis risk factor in men
November 29, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Accumulation of deep visceral fat in men is a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength, which may lead to osteoporosis, researchers reported at the 2012 RSNA annual meeting.  Discuss
Radiologists must exploit IT to secure their future: Part 2
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - To recapture their role as the "doctor's doctor," radiologists must be value innovators, said Dr. Paul Chang of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. Advances in information technology will be crucial for the specialty to demonstrate value and avoid commoditization.  Discuss
Errors in reports are a 'sleeping giant of a problem'
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Errors due to voice recognition software are a "sleeping giant of a problem," a radiologist said during a question and answer session at RSNA on Tuesday afternoon. In any one line of his dictation, there's a 52% chance there will be an error, he added.  Discuss
Adding a radiologist improves rad therapy treatment planning
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Having a consultant diagnostic radiologist as a member of a radiation oncology treatment planning team can help improve the accuracy and appropriateness of radiotherapy for cancer patients, according to study results presented on Tuesday at the RSNA annual meeting.  Discuss
November 16, 2012 -- Once again, this is a year focused on healthcare IT and imaging informatics at the 2012 RSNA conference. It would be an understatement to say that there are a staggering number of courses, scientific sessions, educational exhibits, and poster presentations -- even the subject of the Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lectures has an informatics slant.
November 15, 2012 -- At this year's RSNA conference, look for MRI to garner increasing attention as a viable modality in clinical applications where radiation exposure is a concern. In addition, radiologists are using MRI to discover previously hidden secrets in the brain for afflictions such as Alzheimer's disease, cognitive disorders, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
November 14, 2012 -- Hot topics in women's imaging at this year's RSNA meeting include breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), and attendees can expect to encounter everything from refresher courses to scientific sessions devoted to these technologies. But don't be surprised to hear a lot about breast MRI as well.
November 13, 2012 -- This year's presentations on digital x-ray at RSNA 2012 illustrate the rapid advances being made in this modality. Radiography's conversion to digital is making possible the use of advanced image-processing tools once reserved for more advanced modalities, raising the possibility of better patient care at lower radiation doses.
November 12, 2012 -- The growing power of advanced visualization technology will be ever-present in the scientific program at this month's RSNA meeting in Chicago. Hot topics this year include computer-aided detection (CAD) and computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) technology, as well as quantitative imaging. Look for a range of papers on CAD and, in particular, CADx, as researchers increasingly explore the use of computer-aided technology to assist in diagnosis, not just detection.
November 8, 2012 -- For molecular imaging, PET/MRI undoubtedly will garner considerable attention at the 2012 RSNA meeting in Chicago, as the hybrid modality gains interest with each new study that exalts its clinical potential. Preview the noteworthy molecular imaging and nuclear medicine scientific papers that will cover a wide range of clinical applications which will evaluate and benefit patient outcomes.
November 7, 2012 -- Could ultrasound be the primary screening test for breast cancer? Is the public served by the increasing use of handheld ultrasound? These questions and many more will be addressed at the upcoming RSNA meeting in Chicago
November 6, 2012 -- RSNA 2012 caps an extraordinary year for CT fans who like their technology high and their radiation doses low. The CT-focused scientific sessions at this year's show explore a broad array of CT topics that are driven, more than anything, by the need to get more image information with less radiation.
November 5, 2012 -- A variety of PACS educational opportunities await RSNA attendees this year, including research on mobile devices, image sharing, teleradiology, compression, quality assurance, disaster recovery, cloud computing, and more.