By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 3, 2014

Welcome to the first installment of this year's Road to RSNA preview of the RSNA 2014 conference in Chicago. For the sixth year in a row, we're providing a modality-by-modality overview of the most important scientific sessions to serve as your guide to events at McCormick Place.

Those who make the journey to the Windy City will discover a bounty of educational opportunities on the latest and greatest in imaging informatics, including PACS, RIS, data analytics, mobile devices, enterprise imaging and integration, image sharing, speech recognition, decision support, and structured reporting.

Analytics takes center stage this year, as researchers share numerous examples of how actionable knowledge can be gleaned from mining big data in radiology. These types of projects will also be invaluable for radiology as healthcare moves toward personalized medicine, assisting the specialty in taking on a more visible and active role in patient management.

Mobile devices remain a notable area of activity, as researchers continue to investigate new and innovative radiology applications for the technology, including the use of wearable devices such as Google Glass.

Radiation dose control is a critical issue today, and imaging informatics has a role to play. Several talks will discuss how automated tracking systems can help physicians monitor how much radiation each patient is receiving from their CT, interventional radiology, and even mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis studies.

There's no time to waste in today's hectic radiology environment, and a number of presentations share how imaging informatics tools can help institutions wring more efficiency and accuracy from radiology workflow. Researchers also continue to explore ways to add value to the radiologist's main product -- the radiology report -- as well as improve communication of imaging findings.

See below for previews of imaging informatics-related scientific papers at this year's RSNA meeting. Of course, these are just a sample of the content on offer; a host of poster sessions, refresher courses, and educational exhibits on a wide variety of imaging informatics topics await attendees in Chicago. For more information on those talks, as well as other abstracts in this year's scientific and educational program, click here.

Scientific and Educational Presentations
Informatics tool, EMR search probe questions about CIN
Sunday, November 30 | 10:55 a.m.-11:05 a.m. | SSA11-02 | Room S403A
In this talk, researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin will share how they used an open-source informatics framework to investigate the hot topic of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN).
Analysis of resident reports yields useful quality metrics
Sunday, November 30 | 11:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. | SSA11-03 | Room S403A
It's worth it to analyze the differences between radiology resident reports and final attending reports, according to this presentation by researchers from Georgia Regents University.
Search-pattern training bolsters image interpretation
Sunday, November 30 | 11:15 a.m.-11:25 a.m. | SSA11-04 | Room S403A
In this presentation, researchers from Emory University will describe how the image interpretation skills of nonradiologists can be improved with search-pattern training.
Pocket-sized PC helps teach researchers how to use PACS
Sunday, November 30 | 11:35 a.m.-11:45 a.m. | SSA11-06 | Room S403A
Researchers from the University of Chicago will discuss how they employed a pocket-sized PC and open-source software as a teaching aid and low-cost software development tool for biomedical researchers and educational institutions.
Module teaches grading of lumbar spine degeneration
Sunday, November 30 | 12:05 p.m.-12:15 p.m. | SSA11-09 | Room S403A
In this talk, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania will present Centaur, a free, Web-based module that provides instruction on how to grade the degeneration of the lumbar spine on MRI.
Viewing software speeds diagnosis in trauma patients
Sunday, November 30 | 12:05 p.m.-12:15 p.m. | SSA05-09 | Room N228
In this presentation, researchers from Vancouver General Hospital will describe how prototype polytrauma imaging viewer software shows potential for facilitating faster diagnosis in the acute traumatic setting.
Second opinions from subspecialty radiologists add value
Sunday, November 30 | 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. | HPS136 | Lakeside Learning Center
In this poster presentation, researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will report on the patient care benefits garnered from neuroradiologist second opinions.
Initiative slashes ED CT report turnaround times
Sunday, November 30 | 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. | INS134 | Lakeside Learning Center
This poster presentation will share how Florida Hospital realized significant improvements in report turnaround times for CT studies from the emergency department (ED).
iPad app enables touch control of PACS workstation
Monday, December 1 | 9:05 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | VSIN21-02 | Room E352
A Stanford team will present an app that allows users to bypass the mouse on a PACS workstation and navigate imaging studies via the touchscreen of their iPad.
Tablets can be used to interpret remote ultrasound studies
Monday, December 1 | 9:15 a.m.-9:25 a.m. | VSIN21-03 | Room E352
In this talk, researchers from Greece will present their experience using a tablet to perform real-time, remote diagnosis of dynamic ultrasound exams.
iPads bring benefits, challenges for radiology residency program
Monday, December 1 | 9:25 a.m.-9:35 a.m. | VSIN21-04 | Room E352
In this presentation, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center will review the successes and hurdles of implementing a large-scale tablet computing program for radiology resident education.
Algorithm aids correlation of imaging with clinical, lab data
Monday, December 1 | 10:40 a.m.-10:50 a.m. | SSC07-02 | Room S402AB
In this talk, researchers from a Rhode Island radiology practice will present an algorithm that automatically gathers and emails follow-up clinical and laboratory data to radiologists.
Patients find value in RSNA's Image Share project
Monday, December 1 | 10:50 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | SSC07-03 | Room S402AB
In this presentation, researchers will report on how patients view the RSNA's Image Share Web-based image exchange program.
Google Glass shows potential in radiology applications
Monday, December 1 | 11:10 a.m.-11:20 a.m. | VSIN21-08 | Room E352
During this talk, researchers from the University of Maryland will share results from their investigation into the potential use of Google Glass in radiology.
Software provides lifetime graph of patient medical events
Monday, December 1 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | SSC07-06 | Room S402AB
In this presentation, researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center will share the latest developments with their ViSion multimedia structured reporting software.
Application shows radiologists cost of imaging studies
Monday, December 1 | 11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. | SSC07-07 | Room S402AB
In this paper presentation, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania will show PriceTag, an application that provides radiologists with real-time information on how much their imaging studies cost.
Advances in mobile device technology engender QA issues
Monday, December 1 | 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | VSIN21-10 | Room E352
In addition to reviewing new mobile technology developments, mobile device and display expert Dr. David Hirschorn will detail the quality assurance (QA) issues associated with the use of these devices to display images.
Academic rads in developing countries weigh archive options
Monday, December 1 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | SSC07-08 | Room S402AB
In this presentation, researchers from D.Y. Patil Medical College in Pune, India, will review the personal image archiving options available for use by academic radiologists in developing countries.
Electronic tools aid oncology patient management
Monday, December 1 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSE13-01 | Room S402AB
In this talk, researchers will show how an electronic-based workflow can decrease variability in the selection of oncology index lesions used to measure treatment response.
DICOM extension may offer better calibration of color displays
Monday, December 1 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSE13-04 | Room S402AB
Employees of display firm Barco will describe how a recently proposed extension to the DICOM Grayscale Standard Display Function can help provide consistent viewing of color images.
RIS/PACS/reporting integration makes rads more efficient
Monday, December 1 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSE13-06 | Room S402AB
Researchers from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital will show how the ability to prepopulate fields automatically in radiology reports -- made possible by tight integration of RIS, PACS, and reporting systems -- bolsters radiologists' efficiency and accuracy.
Real-time monitoring unlocks radiology workflow optimization
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSJ13-01 | Room S402AB
In this talk, Swiss researchers will describe how a Web-based radiology real-time monitoring system contributed to workflow improvements and faster report turnaround times.
Formula helps predict radiology patient waiting times
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSJ13-02 | Room S402AB
In this scientific presentation, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital will discuss their new model for calculating patient waiting times in the radiology department.
Data mining helps assess pretest probability of imaging
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:20 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | SSJ13-03 | Room S402AB
In this talk, a group from Georgia Regents University will describe how incorporating data mining tools throughout the clinical workflow can help improve imaging utilization.
Single data repository eases radiology analytics
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSJ13-04 | Room S402AB
In this paper presentation, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix will share how creating a single data repository makes it easier to analyze and compare imaging study workflow.
Analytics tool tracks residents' study volume
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:40 p.m.-3:50 p.m. | SSJ13-05 | Room S402AB
In this talk, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania will present Capricorn, an analytics tool that helps residents keep track of how many imaging exams they've interpreted over time.
Radiology report analysis may expand understanding of disease
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSJ13-06 | Room S402AB
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital will report on how natural language processing analysis of radiology reports may offer insight into the varying clinical courses of different genotypes of colon cancer.
Method detects radiation dose exposure anomalies
Wednesday, December 3 | 10:50 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | SSK12-03 | Room S405AB
In this talk, researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health will discuss their method for the early detection of anomalous radiation dose exposure.
Mammo, DBT dose tracking system yields insights
Wednesday, December 3 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSK22-04 | Room S404AB
In this session, a group from the University of Pennsylvania will reveal findings gathered from the use of their automated dose tracking system for mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) studies.
On-call radiologists face many daily interruptions
Wednesday, December 3 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | SSK12-06 | Room S405AB
In this talk, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco will share their findings on how often radiologists are interrupted during their work.
Tracking software aids CT dose management in adults
Wednesday, December 3 | 11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. | SSK12-07 | Room S405AB
In this talk, researchers from Ireland will share their experience in using Web-based radiation dose tracking software to monitor CT studies in adults.
Template aids dose analysis in interventional radiology
Wednesday, December 3 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | SSK12-08 | Room S405AB
In this presentation, researchers will explain how a standard template for recording radiation dose metrics has facilitated dose monitoring analysis in the interventional radiology section at Georgetown University.
QA tool shows value of MSK secondary interpretations
Wednesday, December 3 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | INS160 | Lakeside Learning Center
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania will show data that highlight the advantage of having subspecialty radiologists provide secondary interpretations of external musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging exams.
Cloud-based tool provides breast density analysis
Wednesday, December 3 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSM13-01 | Room S403A
In this talk, Dr. Jason Balkman of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will describe how cloud computing can be utilized to provide analysis of breast density on MRI and mammography.
Open-source DICOM viewer facilitates cloud-based image sharing
Wednesday, December 3 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSM13-02 | Room S403A
In his second talk, Dr. Jason Balkman of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will present a vendor-neutral, open-source approach for cloud-based image sharing.
Should XDS or a VNA be used to share patient data? It depends
Wednesday, December 3 | 3:40 p.m.-3:50 p.m. | SSM13-05 | Room S403A
A representative from medical informatics and vendor-neutral archive (VNA) provider TeraMedica will explore the benefits of the Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) and VNA approaches for patient data sharing.
Software provides radiologists with patient information
Thursday, December 4 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | SSQ11-01 | Room S403A
In this presentation, researchers from the University of Chicago and Philips Healthcare will describe a software algorithm that searches a patient's prior radiology reports to provide radiologists with relevant clinical history.
Open-source tool may help extract info from free-text reports
Thursday, December 4 | 10:40 a.m.-10:50 a.m. | SSQ11-02 | Room S403A
In this talk, researchers from the University of British Columbia will explore the potential of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology Annotator software for extracting clinically relevant terms from free-text radiology reports.
Feedback from patients on radiology reports offers value
Thursday, December 4 | 10:50 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | SSQ11-03 | Room S403A
Do you want to produce more patient-friendly radiology reports? This presentation from Massachusetts General Hospital will explain how.
New workflow model ensures communication of nonurgent findings
Thursday, December 4 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | SSQ11-06 | Room S403A
In this talk, a group from a Rhode Island practice will highlight the benefits of its workflow protocol for communicating nonurgent radiology findings.
Machine learning may aid annotation of radiology reports
Thursday, December 4 | 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | SSQ11-09 | Room S403A
In this presentation, a study team will explore the potential of applying machine learning techniques to annotate or add structured data, such as an ICD-9 code, to unstructured data, such as text in radiology reports.