By Erik L. Ridley, staff writer
    November 5, 2012

    Welcome to the first installment of this year's Road to RSNA preview of the 2012 RSNA conference 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.

    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.

    A number of radiology-related provisions were included recently in stage 2 of the U.S. government's meaningful use healthcare IT stimulus program, and Dr. Keith Dreyer, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital will discuss the topic during his Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture, titled the Future of Informatics: Meaningful Use and Beyond, on Monday, November 26 (1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., PS20C, Arie Crown Theater).

    Road to RSNA 2012: PACS Preview Dr. Paul Chang will then take the stage for his own Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture, titled Meaningful IT Innovation to Support the Radiology Value Proposition (1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., PS20D, Arie Crown Theater).

    Mobile devices remain a sizzling hot topic, which no doubt inspired RSNA program planners to again devote a morning multisession course on Tuesday, November 27, to explore their evolving clinical utility and issues surrounding their use in medical imaging (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., VSIN31, Room E351).

    Those interested in career opportunities in PACS will no doubt find value in a multisession course on PACS as a Profession: Qualifications for Success, held in partnership with the American Society for Radiologic Technologists on Thursday, November 29 (2:20 p.m.-3:20 p.m., MSRT55, Room N230).

    Refresher courses

    This year's schedule will feature a range of PACS-related refresher courses, which are clustered at the beginning and end of the week.

    Those interested in cloud computing will be pleased with the refresher course agenda on Sunday, November 25. First, attendees can learn about using Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to get images to the cloud (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ICII11, Room S501ABC). A primer on cloud computing for radiologists then follows in the afternoon (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., RC130, Room N226).

    Monday morning kicks off with a refresher course on IT management for radiologists (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC230, Room S403B). Also on Monday, two refresher courses, titled Practical Informatics for the Practicing Radiologist, will be held in conjunction with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). Part 1 will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon (ICII21, Room S501ABC), while part 2 will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ICII22, Room S501ABC).

    A course on meaningful use for radiology IT vendors also is scheduled for Monday afternoon, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ICII23, Room S501ABC).

    Moving ahead to Thursday afternoon, SIIM will also participate in a refresher/informatics course that explores next-generation infrastructure for medical imaging (4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., RC726, Room S102D).

    See below for previews of PACS-related scientific papers and posters at this year's RSNA meeting. And also stay tuned for more radiology informatics coverage in our upcoming Healthcare Informatics and Advanced Visualization Road to RSNA sections.

    To view the RSNA's listing of abstracts for this year's scientific and educational program, click here.

    Scientific and Educational Presentations
    RSNA's Image Share project tackles patient challenges
    Sunday, November 25 | 10:55 a.m.-11:05 a.m. | SSA11-02 | Room S403A
    This presentation will discuss some of the growing pains encountered with RSNA's Image Share pilot project.
    Anatomy-based viewer speeds up image viewing for clinicians
    Sunday, November 25 | 11:15 a.m.-11:25 a.m. | SSA11-04 | Room S403A
    In this scientific session, Swiss researchers will present their anatomy-based DICOM image viewer, which is designed to make the image viewing process quicker and more informative for clinicians.
    USB-powered monitors on laptops can provide 3-headed viewing
    Sunday, November 25 | 11:35 a.m.-11:45 a.m. | SSA11-06 | Room S403A
    This scientific paper presentation will show how lightweight portable monitors can convert a laptop into a mobile three-headed workstation for reading images.
    Digital camera improves grayscale correction on medical displays
    Sunday, November 25 | 11:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m. | SSA11-08 | Room S403A
    Japanese researchers have found that a commercial digital camera can be used to facilitate grayscale chromaticity uniformity correction on medical color displays.
    Digital cameras can tackle LCD quality assurance
    Sunday, November 25 | 12:05 p.m.-12:15 p.m. | SSA11-09 | Room S403A
    In this presentation, find out how a photographic-grade digital camera can be deployed for quality assurance (QA) of both color and grayscale LCDs.
    Access to EMR proves crucial for teleradiology
    Monday, November 26 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-MO2A | Lakeside Learning Center
    This poster presentation will stress the importance of providing radiologists with access to the electronic medical record (EMR) when performing teleradiology.
    Preprocessing boosts lossless CT compression
    Monday, November 26 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-MO4A | Lakeside Learning Center
    This poster presentation will highlight a technique that can increase the compressibility of JPEG 2000 lossless-compressed images.
    Adding radiology resident to pediatric team builds rapport
    Monday, November 26 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSE11-02 | Room S102D
    This scientific session will share how adding a fourth-year radiology resident to a general pediatric team helped make up for the radiologist-clinician interaction lost with PACS adoption.
    Enterprise RIS/PACS downtimes are common, often unscheduled
    Monday, November 26 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSE12-06 | Room S402AB
    Researchers from University Radiology in New Jersey will discuss in this presentation the sources and severity of failures in complex RIS/PACS environments.
    Could mobile computers go to radiologists' heads?
    Monday, November 26 | 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | LL-INS-MO2C | Lakeside Learning Center
    In this poster presentation, researchers will describe the potential for head-mounted computers to enhance communication between radiologists and emergency medicine physicians.
    Wavelet compression technique slashes CT data transfer speeds
    Monday, November 26 | 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | LL-INS-MO5C | Lakeside Learning Center
    German researchers have developed a data compression technique that can facilitate high-speed transfer of CT image data; they'll share their findings in this Monday evening poster presentation.
    Hot key software links PACS with EMR
    Monday, November 26 | 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. | LL-INS-MO4D | Lakeside Learning Center
    This poster presentation will discuss how hot key software can be used to quickly look up patient charts in the electronic medical record (EMR) from PACS.
    iPad, motion-sensing technology aid image viewing in IR suite
    Tuesday, November 27 | 9:10 a.m.-9:20 a.m. | VSIN31-03 | Room E351
    Researchers have concluded that Microsoft's Kinect, Apple's iPad, and a motion-sensing device similar to those used in gaming consoles could all be used to review real-time intraoperative images in the interventional radiology (IR) suite.
    iPad better for some chest radiograph findings than others
    Tuesday, November 27 | 9:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m. | VSIN31-05 | Room E351
    A research team from Massachusetts General Hospital will present data from a study that analyzed the iPad's diagnostic accuracy with chest radiographs.
    iPad can boost communication between clinicians, radiologists
    Tuesday, November 27 | 9:40 a.m.-9:50 a.m. | VSIN31-06 | Room E351
    Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital will show the iPad's potential for enhancing image workflow and communication between physicians and radiologists in hospital settings.
    U.K. researchers eye use of iPad for knee, lumbar spine MRI
    Tuesday, November 27 | 11:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. | VSIN31-11 | Room E351
    In this scientific session, a U.K. team will share its findings on the accuracy of the iPad and OsiriX HD viewing software for interpreting MRI scans of the knee and lumbar spine.
    Mobile displays offer unique QA concerns
    Tuesday, November 27 | 11:25 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | VSIN31-13 | Room E351
    Display expert Dr. David Hirschorn of Staten Island University Hospital will close the mobile computing devices course by delving into the myriad quality assurance (QA) issues engendered by using mobile devices to view medical images.
    Computing 'clusters' enable PACS disaster recovery
    Tuesday, November 27 | 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. | LL-INS-TU4D | Lakeside Learning Center
    In this poster presentation, a team from University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland will share its approach to radiology PACS disaster recovery.
    Compression helps management of hefty breast tomosynthesis data
    Wednesday, November 28 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | LL-INS-WE6B | Lakeside Learning Center
    This poster will detail the benefits of various lossless compression schemes that can be used with breast tomosynthesis images.
    Dutch team proposes image deidentifying rules
    Thursday, November 29 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | SSQ09-06 | Room S402AB
    Researchers will share their ideas for deidentifying DICOM images used in clinical research in this Thursday afternoon presentation.