By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 4, 2013

Welcome to the first installment of this year's Road to RSNA preview of the 2013 RSNA conference in Chicago. For the fifth year in a row, we're providing a modality-by-modality overview of the most important scientific sessions, poster presentations, educational exhibits, and refresher courses to serve as your guide to events at McCormick Place.

As always, RSNA attendees will have a plethora of PACS educational opportunities to select from, highlighted by a flurry of presentations exploring the utility of mobile devices in medical imaging. A multisession course on mobile computing devices returns to the schedule for Monday, December 2 (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., VSIN21, Room S404CD), and attendees can expect a number of presentations assessing the utility of mobile devices for communication, education, and diagnostic review of images.

Other popular PACS content areas for RSNA 2013 feature archiving issues and the cloud. Notably, a few presentations also encourage radiologists, if they haven't already, to participate in the U.S. government's meaningful use IT stimulus program.

Refresher courses

The schedule of PACS-related refresher/informatics courses kicks off with a 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. session on Sunday, December 1, on the often-neglected topic of ergonomics (ICII12, Room S501ABC).

Two refresher courses held in conjunction with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) are back for RSNA 2013 and on the agenda for Monday, December 2. Part 1 of Practical Informatics for the Practicing Radiologist will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon (ICII21, Room S501ABC), while part 2 will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2 pm (ICII22, Room S501ABC). A course on meaningful use for radiology IT vendors is slated for Monday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (ICII24, Room S501ABC).

Those interested in display issues will want to take in a refresher course on display technology scheduled on Tuesday, December 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (ICIW32, Room S401AB). On Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., the RSNA will provide attendees with a whirlwind tour of its various informatics projects (ICII33, Room S501ABC). Another course held in conjunction with SIIM will explore next-generation infrastructure for medical imaging in a session running from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (RC426, Room S404CD).

A course on managing radiology IT in the electronic health record world (RC530, Room S404AB) will be held at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4. Dr. David C. Levin has been a prominent speaker on teleradiology outsourcing, and he'll be sharing his perspective in a talk entitled, "Teleradiology versus Local Radiologists: Issues and Perspectives," as part of a special course for hospital administrators on Wednesday that runs from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (SPHA41H, Room S103B).

Interested in using the Radiation Dose Intelligent Analytics for CT Examinations (RADIANCE) open-source software? You'll want to attend a hands-on course for using the software for dose monitoring and quality assurance (RC554, Room S401AB) on Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and also on Thursday, December 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (RC754, Room S401AB).

Later on Wednesday afternoon, a course will explore Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) efficiency from image acquisition to the report (ICII44, Room S501ABC). That session is slated to run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Radiologists can get a primer on cloud computing at a Thursday morning course (RC630, Room S403B) from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Breast imaging interoperability challenges, and their solutions, will be the subject of the final Thursday morning PACS-related course (ICII51, Room S501ABC) and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

Scientific and Educational Presentations
RIS/PACS search engine aids radiologists
Sunday, December 1 | 11:15 a.m.-11:25 a.m. | SSA11-04 | Room S403A
In this scientific paper presentation, Chinese researchers will describe how their RIS/PACS search engine has benefited radiologists in a number of ways.
French website offers diagnostic decision support
Sunday, December 1 | 12:05 p.m.-12:15 p.m. | SSA11-09 | Room S403A
In this session, French radiologist Dr. Raphaël Khayat will showcase, a site intended to help radiologists with difficult diagnostic challenges.
Mobile device platforms raise security, communication issues
Monday, December 2 | 8:40 a.m.-9:10 a.m. | VSIN21-02 | Room S404CD
In this talk, Dr. George Shih from Weill Cornell Medical College will discuss trends in mobile platforms and security as they pertain to healthcare.
Mobile devices facilitate consultation, case sharing
Monday, December 2 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | VSIN21-07 | Room S404CD
Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will describe in this Monday session how mobile devices can help radiologists consult informally on interesting cases.
Mobile displays come with unique quality assurance issues
Monday, December 2 | 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | VSIN21-10 | Room S404CD
Display technology expert Dr. David Hirschorn of Staten Island University Hospital will give a primer on Monday on mobile device display issues, such as calibration and quality assurance.
Cloud-based EHR facilitates meaningful use for outpatient radiology
Monday, December 2 | 11:10 a.m.-11:20 a.m. | SSC09-05 | Room S402AB
In this scientific session, representatives of a community-based outpatient radiology practice will describe how they achieved meaningful use under the U.S. government's Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2012.
iPad offers mixed bag for detecting pneumothorax
Monday, December 2 | 11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. | VSIN21-11 | Room S404CD
Singapore researchers have found that a third-generation iPad could perform comparably to a PACS workstation for spotting large pneumothoraces. Small pneumothoraces were another matter, however.
iPad up for task of emergency CT viewing
Monday, December 2 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | VSIN21-12 | Room S404CD
A German group will present data showing that the third-generation iPad can be used for interpreting emergency CT examinations.
Grayscale monitors perform better for CR quality assurance
Monday, December 2 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-MO5A | Lakeside Learning Center
In this poster presentation, Dr. Eric Brandser from Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky will show that technologists can get better results from performing computed radiography (CR) quality assurance on grayscale monitors.
Mobile messaging app may facilitate stroke management
Monday, December 2 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INE3168-MOA | Lakeside Learning Center
In this educational exhibit, Singapore researchers will discuss the potential for a mobile messaging app to support image review, group communication, and decision-making in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage and ischemic stroke.
Open-source software can power large DICOM image repository
Monday, December 2 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INE3208-MOA | Lakeside Learning Center
Thai researchers have developed a concept for a large-scale, secure DICOM image repository using open-source software and will detail their work in this educational exhibit.
Radiologists should educate patients on OB ultrasound privacy
Monday, December 2 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-MO6A | Lakeside Learning Center
Radiologists are in a good position to educate new mothers about the security risks of posting their obstetric (OB) ultrasound images on public websites, according to this poster presentation.
Meaningful use is still meaningful for radiologists
Monday, December 2 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | LL-INS-MO6B | Lakeside Learning Center
Even if they are not subject to penalties for noncompliance with the U.S. government's meaningful use program, radiologists should still participate, according to this poster presentation.
Platform facilitates radiology-pathology correlation
Monday, December 2 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSE13-01 | Room S402AB
In this scientific paper presentation, a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) team will share how a software application can enable radiologists and pathologists to communicate and integrate diagnostic findings.
Web-based tool brings clinical info to radiologist just in time
Monday, December 2 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSE13-02 | Room S402AB
A group from Georgia Regents University in Augusta will share its success from using a custom Web-based application to bring clinical patient information to the radiologist during image interpretation.
Data analysis drives subspecialized reading workflow
Monday, December 2 | 3:20 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | SSE13-03 | Room S402AB
Knowledge is power -- particularly if you wish to optimize subspecialized radiology reading services across multiple hospitals, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/University Radiology Group research team.
Getting the angles right in mobile devices
Monday, December 2 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSE13-04 | Room S402AB
In this session, representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will shed light on the issue of viewing angles when looking at images on mobile devices.
Software brings breast imaging case files to mobile devices
Monday, December 2 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSE13-06 | Room S402AB
In this scientific session, researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will present their Web-based multimodality case files platform for mobile devices.
Teleradiology on mobile devices OK for appendicitis
Tuesday, December 3 | 8:55 a.m.-9:05 a.m. | VSER31-02 | Room E352
Teleradiology consultation on a smartphone can lend a hand to on-call radiology residents who need a second opinion on diagnosing acute appendicitis, according to Korean researchers.
Technique preserves protects image data privacy and security
Tuesday, December 3 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-TU1A | Lakeside Learning Center
In this scientific poster, Japanese researchers will showcase a method using digital watermarks and steganography -- a method for hiding data -- for ensuring the privacy and security of medical images.
Will commoditization drive next wave of radiology IT?
Tuesday, December 3 | 3:40 p.m.-3:50 p.m. | SSJ14-05 | Room S402AB
In this talk, Dr. Nogah Haramati of Montefiore Medical Center will make the case that commoditization may facilitate a new era of radiology information technology.
Caution should be used with DICOM data deidentification
Wednesday, December 4 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSK11-04 | Room S405AB
In this Wednesday morning talk, Dutch researchers will show how many freeware DICOM toolkits don't completely deidentify DICOM headers.
Before migrating your PACS, do a test run
Wednesday, December 4 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | LL-INS-WE1A | Lakeside Learning Center
A Dutch team will explain in this poster why it's a smart idea to do a test migration before moving your imaging data over to a new PACS.
Patients, physicians like image personal health records
Wednesday, December 4 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSM11-01 | Room S403A
In this presentation, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will share their 20-month experience as a pilot site for the RSNA's Image Share Network.
Want a PACS archive that hardly grows? Follow the rules
Wednesday, December 4 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSM11-02 | Room S403A
In this scientific session, Carol Joseph of Ascension Health will describe how rules-based deletion policies can enable an image archive to be managed with near-zero growth.
IHE's XDS-I.b profile can prefetch prior outside studies
Wednesday, December 4 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSM11-06 | Room S403A
Canadian researchers will report in this scientific session that the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) XDS-I.b integration profile can be used, albeit with some challenges, to prefetch prior imaging studies from other institutions.
Would crowd-sourcing work in radiology?
Thursday, December 5 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | LL-INE3232-THB | Lakeside Learning Center
There's strength in numbers, and that old expression may also be true for imaging interpretations, according to this exhibit from a team from John Carroll University and the Cleveland Clinic.
Image slice dropping plagues some PACS viewers
Education Exhibit | LL-INE3178 | Lakeside Learning Center
In this educational exhibit, Japanese researchers will report on their investigation into image slice dropping by PACS viewers in stack mode.
Cloud-based PACS can support radiology learning
Education Exhibit | LL-MKE1103 | Lakeside Learning Center
This education exhibit will describe how a cloud-based PACS application that generates multimedia reports may improve on how radiology is currently taught in residency programs.