By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 7, 2011

Welcome to the first installment of this year's Road to RSNA preview of the RSNA 2011 conference in Chicago. For the third 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.

PACS technology is always a hot topic at the RSNA meeting, and this year will be no different. Interest in mobile devices continues to explode, no doubt aided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision in early 2011 to clear an application for diagnostic use on Apple's iPad and iPhone.

Researchers are now building a body of evidence to support the utility of these devices in a number of applications, a trend that will be particularly evident during a Tuesday morning multisession course devoted to the topic (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., MSVR31, Room N228).

Road to RSNA 2011: PACS Preview Of course, image sharing is never far from any PACS observer's mind, and will again be the subject of a number of presentations at the conference. Several talks will examine issues surrounding importing CDs and the role of cloud computing in facilitating image exchange.

Check out our preview below of a selection of PACS-related scientific papers, posters, and educational exhibits at this year's RSNA meeting. And also stay tuned for more radiology informatics coverage in our upcoming Healthcare Informatics Road to RSNA section.

Refresher courses

RSNA attendees also won't want to miss this year's schedule of refresher courses. Those interested in image sharing will be able to quickly get up to speed during a refresher/informatics course on Sunday, November 27 (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ICII11, Room S501ABC). Advanced visualization is the subject of a Sunday afternoon course, which is being given in conjunction with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) (2:00 p.m.-3:30 pm., RC126, Room S504CD).

Monday, November 28, will feature another course produced in conjunction with SIIM. The second in a series on practical informatics for the practicing radiologist, this course will hold talks on redesigning the radiology reading environment, changing PACS, and advanced imaging techniques (12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., ICII22, Room S501ABC).

On Tuesday, November 29, a refresher course on informatics in practice will address quality control in PACS, including talks on the radiologist's role in the image quality process, maintaining data integrity, and implementing a display quality control program (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC326, Room S403A). A course on 3D interactive visualization of DICOM images for radiology applications is also scheduled (12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., ICIA32, Room S401CD).

New trends for breast computer-aided detection (CAD) is the topic for a Tuesday afternoon course (4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., RC421, Room E352), and CAD enthusiasts can return in the morning on Wednesday, November 30, for a minicourse that tackles the clinical demand of CAD systems in radiology (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC523, Room S504AB).

CAD development and evaluation issues are on tap for a morning course on Thursday, December 1 (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC623, Room S102D), while a CAD applications minicourse will be held in the late afternoon (4:30-p.m.-6:00 p.m., RC723, Room E353A). Another afternoon course will cover image management of new acquisition modalities (4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., RC726, Room S102C).

Friday, December 2, will see a slate of three topical refresher courses, including a second course on CAD applications (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC823, Room S504CD), a session on enterprise imaging (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC826, Room S403A), and a course on virtualization and remote rendering for medical imaging (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC830, Room E263).

Scientific and Educational Presentations
RSNA Clinical Trial Processor can deidentify images
Sunday, November 27 | 10:55 a.m.-11:05 a.m. | SSA11-02 | Room S403A
In this scientific paper presentation, a Dutch research team will share how the RSNA's Clinical Trial Processor application can anonymize DICOM images from a Web-based image distribution system.
PACS discrepancy notification system provides feedback to residents
Sunday, November 27 | 11:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m. | SSA11-08 | Room S403A
A research team from Thomas Jefferson University will present its experience using software that informs residents of discrepancies in interpretations with attending radiologists.
Eye-tracking system follows how radiologists search images
Monday, November 28 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | SSC08-08 | Room S402AB
This talk will demonstrate how radiologists tend to have highly localized interests when viewing images.
Vendor-neutral PACS interface may improve workflow
Monday, November 28 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-MO6A | Lakeside Learning Center
Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas have developed software that offers hot keys for controlling common PACS functions on any Windows-based PACS.
Intelligent hanging protocols can organize imaging studies
Monday, November 28 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSE12-04 | Room S402AB
In this scientific paper presentation, a study team from MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas will describe how intelligent hanging protocols may unlock productivity gains for radiologists.
Single workstation can handle onsite, offsite subspecialty reading
Monday, November 28 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSE12-06 | Room S402AB
A team from University Radiology in New Jersey will discuss how a single workstation facilitates 24 x 7 x 365 onsite and offsite subspecialty interpretations for their 90-radiologist group.
Mobile platforms offer differences, similarities
Tuesday, November 29 | 8:35 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | MSVR31-02 | Room N228
In this talk, Dr. George Shih of Weill Cornell Medical College will bring attendees up to date on the Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems for mobile devices.
Kinect, iPad bring CAD directly to patients
Tuesday, November 29 | 9:20 a.m.-9:30 a.m. | MSVR31-05 | Room N228
In this paper presentation, researchers will share how a combination of Microsoft's Kinect technology and Apple's iPad could allow patients to view their own computer-aided detection (CAD) results.
iPad 2, iPhone 4 suitable for assessing acute ischemic stroke
Tuesday, November 29 | 9:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m. | MSVR31-06 | Room N228
A Spanish team has found that Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 4 are just as good as commercial PACS monitors for diagnosing acute stroke on CT axial images.
iPad proves up for challenge of detecting pneumothorax
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. | MSVR31-08 | Room N228
In this paper, researchers found the iPad held its own in a comparison study with a PACS workstation for detecting pneumothorax on chest radiographs.
iPad overcomes iPhone limitations for head CT
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | MSVR31-09 | Room N228
A Massachusetts General Hospital team found the iPad could improve on the iPhone's performance in diagnosing head CT.
iPad supports image transfer to ICU
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | MSVR31-10 | Room N228
In this paper, a Massachusetts General Hospital team will share how the iPad can bridge the gap between intensivists and radiologists.
iPad holds up well for tuberculosis screening
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:40 a.m.-10:50 a.m. | MSVR31-11 | Room N228
In this presentation, researchers from the University of Maryland will discuss how interpretations of radiography-based tuberculosis screenings on an iPad showed strong agreement with those on a traditional display.
Importing outside studies cuts repeat imaging exams
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:50 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | SSG07-03 | Room S402AB
In this talk, a University of California, San Francisco team will explain why importing outside imaging studies into PACS can reduce the number of unnecessary repeat imaging tests.
Study shows need for regional image exchange
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSG07-04 | Room S402AB
This research from the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis documents the number of unnecessary repeat imaging studies that have occurred in the area.
iPad shows promise in on-call review of emergency CT, MR studies
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | MSVR31-13 | Room N228
In this scientific paper presentation, a Singapore team will share its results from a study evaluating the use of the iPad in a broad spectrum of emergency CT and MRI cases.
iPad meets need for on-call brain CT reading
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | MSVR31-15 | Room N228
A team from Rambam Medical Center in Israel found that the iPad was suitable to use for on-call interpretation of brain CT exams.
PACS bolsters communication between rads, referring physicians
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | SSG06-09 | Room S102D
This presentation will highlight how PACS can yield tangible improvements in communication and collaboration between radiologists and referring physicians.
iPad can handle on-the-go emergency CT reporting
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | MSVR31-16 | Room N228
In this scientific paper presentation, U.K. researchers will discuss their results indicating that the iPad can be used for interpreting emergency CT studies.
FFDM images can be safely compressed at high ratios
Tuesday, November 29 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | LL-BRS-TU8B | Lakeside Learning Center
This poster will detail how full-field digital mammography (FFDM) images could be compressed with JPEG 2000 algorithms at an 80:1 ratio without visually detectable degradation.
Cloud-based approach facilitates image and report exchange
Tuesday, November 29 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSJ12-04 | Room S402AB
This talk will describe experience with a cloud-based system for platform-independent sharing of images and radiology reports.
Open-source tool provides visual summary of image annotations
Thursday, December 1 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | SSQ08-01 | Room S403A
In this scientific paper presentation, researchers will share a visualization tool that leverages the Annotation Imaging Markup standard to provide an automated 3D visual summary of annotations on images.
Model predicts fidelity of JPEG 2000-compressed abdominal CT images
Thursday, December 1 | 11:10 a.m.-11:20 a.m. | SSQ08-05 | Room S403A
A Korean research team will describe how a multiple logistic regression model can use DICOM header information to predict the fidelity of JPEG 2000-compressed abdominal CT images.
Lossy compression has little effect on 3D, but big effect on CAD
Thursday, December 1 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | SSQ08-06 | Room S403A
A German research team has found that while irreversible compression has little impact on 3D volume-rendered images, it does adversely affect computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithms.
Algorithm guards against patient identification on 3D scans
Thursday, December 1 | 11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. | SSQ08-07 | Room S403A
In this presentation, researchers will depict a method that can protect patient privacy on 3D surface reconstructions.
Digital camera can match luminance, white balance on displays
Thursday, December 1 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | SSQ08-08 | Room S403A
A Japanese research team will present a study that found that a digital camera can perform luminance and white-balance matching between monochrome and color displays.
PACS can boost quality improvement for technologists
Thursday, December 1 | 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. | MSRT54 | Room N227
This multisession course will feature tips on how PACS can be used to build a culture of learning in radiology.
Nonprofit initiative makes a difference with teleradiology outreach
Education Exhibit | LL-ERE1097 | Lakeside Learning Center
This exhibit will showcase the work of the International Radiology Exchange, a nonprofit organization that provides free teleradiology interpretation as charity/outreach work.
Framework quantifies most important PACS selection criteria
Education Exhibit | LL-INE2389 | Lakeside Learning Center
Visitors to this exhibit will learn about a means for quantitatively assessing different PACS products.
Kinect shows promise for hands-free PACS operation
Education Exhibit | LL-INE2403 | Lakeside Learning Center
In this exhibit, researchers will highlight the potential of Microsoft's Kinect technology as a PACS user input device in the operating room.
Different display types have different requirements
Education Exhibit | LL-PPE1027 | Lakeside Learning Center
In this educational exhibit, a team from the Mayo Clinic will offer advice on how to best utilize the various displays used in medical imaging today.

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