By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 2, 2015

Welcome to the first installment of this year's Road to RSNA preview of the RSNA 2015 conference in Chicago. For the seventh 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.

Our journey along the Road to RSNA begins with our preview of Imaging Informatics, and specifically PACS, analytics, mobile devices, and image sharing. Coverage of presentations related to structured reporting, critical results management, speech recognition, and radiation dose monitoring software will be included in our upcoming Healthcare IT section.

Meanwhile, 3D and computer-aided detection (CAD) will be the focus of our Advanced Visualization preview, which will be one of next week's destinations on the Road to RSNA.

Once again, analytics remains the central focus of imaging informatics research being presented in Chicago. Researchers are applying analytics to learn from various aspects of radiology operations, learning, for example, that retaining raw CT data may prevent an unnecessary repeat CT study in the future. Teams are also bringing attention to critical issues such as the problem of patients not receiving their recommended follow-up imaging studies.

Presenters will also report real and quantifiable improvements from changes instituted in response to data gleaned from analytics. For example, a group will report that analysis of MR log files led to reductions in average scan time and variability for MR studies, while other presenters will describe how they were able to trim patient waiting times.

Fitting the patient-centric theme that RSNA and the American College of Radiology have emphasized in recent years, a number of presentations will explore image-sharing topics as they relate to patients. One study will delve into what patients really want from online patient portals, while another talk will show how patients could use cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive to share their images.

Interesting imaging informatics applications of technology such as virtual reality, virtual conferencing, and gesture-controlled sensors are among the other sessions we're spotlighting at RSNA 2015.

See below for previews of these and other imaging informatics-related scientific papers and posters at this year's RSNA meeting. Of course, these are just a sample of the content on offer; a host of refresher courses and educational exhibits on a wide variety of imaging informatics topics also await those who make the trip to the Windy City.

For more information on those talks, as well as other abstracts in this year's RSNA 2015 scientific and educational program, click here.

Scientific and Educational Presentations
Standardized model may boost data mining, reporting
Sunday, November 29 | 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. | IN204-SD-SUA5 | Lakeside Learning Center, Station 5
In this poster presentation, a multi-institutional research team will describe how a new standardized approach for radiology findings could overcome barriers to data mining and analysis.
Storing raw CT data may cut unnecessary repeat studies
Sunday, November 29 | 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. | IN205-SD-SUA6 | Lakeside Learning Center, Station 6
Researchers from Yale University will show in their poster presentation how retaining raw CT data may enable radiologists to reduce the number of unnecessary repeat CT scans being performed on patients.
App for analysis and scheduling cuts outpatient wait times
Sunday, November 29 | 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | QS101-ED-SUB1 | Lakeside Learning Center, QS Community, Station 1
In this poster presentation, a team from Emory University will reveal how it decreased preprocedure wait times for outpatients in the pediatric interventional radiology department.
Patients have need for speed with patient portals
Monday, November 30 | 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. | IN216-SD-MOA3 | Lakeside Learning Center, Station 3
This poster presentation from a University of Michigan team will share what patients want when they use patient portals to access their radiology reports online.
Discrepancy analysis illuminates resident performance
Monday, November 30 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | IN225-SD-MOB5 | Lakeside Learning Center, Station 5
What factors affect the performance of radiology residents on overnight call? This poster presentation explains what researchers from Emory University discovered at their institution.
Process analysis speeds up outpatient MRI service
Monday, November 30 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | QS111-ED-MOB2 | Lakeside Learning Center, QS Community, Station 2
In this poster presentation, a team from the University of California, San Diego will share how process analysis enabled patients to get their requested MRI appointments sooner.
Some suspected cancers may slip through the cracks
Tuesday, December 1 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | SSG08-01 | Room S402AB
This study from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania will spotlight an important issue: failing to follow up patients with suspected cancer found on abdominal imaging studies.
Patients want timely access to imaging reports
Tuesday, December 1 | 10:40 a.m.-10:50 a.m. | SSG07-02 | Room S102D
In this scientific session, researchers from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center will report on how patients want to receive their imaging reports.
Software extracts patient history from prior reports
Tuesday, December 1 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | IN233-SD-TUB1 | Lakeside Learning Center, Station 1
In this poster presentation, researchers will describe how a PACS plug-in can automatically extract patient history from prior reports and provide it to radiologists during image interpretation.
Radiologists benefit from easy access to EMR data
Tuesday, December 1 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSJ13-02 | Room S402AB
This study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explored how radiologists use information in the electronic medical record (EMR) during the image interpretation process.
Process mining helps discover PACS usage patterns
Tuesday, December 1 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSJ13-04 | Room S402AB
In this talk, a research team from PACS vendor Sectra and University Hospitals in Cleveland will share what can be learned by applying a process-mining technique to analyze how radiologists use PACS workstation software.
Small sessions, iPad boost teaching of clinical anatomy
Wednesday, December 2 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSK10-04 | Room S102D
Small-group discussion sessions driven by an iPad can improve the retention of clinical anatomy instruction among medical students, according to researchers from Tufts University.
PACS-integrated application eases image QA process
Wednesday, December 2 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | QS125-ED-WEB1 | Lakeside Learning Center, QS Community, Station 1
In this poster presentation, a University of Utah team will explain why sometimes what seems to be bad news regarding image quality assurance (QA) could actually be good news.
Open-source software aids radiology workflow management
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSM13-01 | Room S403A
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found that an open-source application designed mainly to assist in software development could be repurposed to facilitate radiology workflow management.
Analysis of MR log files drives process improvement
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSM12-02 | Room S102D
In this talk, a University of Washington team will describe how mining log files stored on MR scanners paved the way for efficiency gains.
Gesture-controlled interface helps handle images in OR
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m. | SSM13-02 | Room S403A
Gesture-controlled sensors can help physicians in the operating room (OR) interact with PACS and other software used during surgery, a team from South Korea has found.
Free software aids design, analysis of clinical studies
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:20 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | SSM13-03 | Room S403A
In this talk, researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will present open-source software that can be used to help design clinical studies with sufficient statistical power.
Virtual reality technology shows promise in radiology
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSM13-04 | Room S403A
A Greek research team will present a mobile virtual reality prototype that could be an alternative to small-screened mobile devices for remotely reviewing imaging studies.
Virtual conferencing brings radiologists closer to clinicians
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:40 p.m.-3:50 p.m. | SSM20-05 | Room S102AB
Can virtual conferencing boost collaboration between radiologists and clinicians? Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say yes.
Patient cloud storage facilitates image sharing
Wednesday, December 2 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSM13-06 | Room S403A
In this presentation, Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland will show how patients can make use of cloud storage services such as Google Drive or Dropbox to share images.
Data mining, analytics boost radiology quality
Thursday, December 3 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | SSQ11-01 | Room S403A
In this keynote talk, Dr. Woojin Kim of the University of Pennsylvania will highlight the importance of using analytics to facilitate higher-quality care in radiology.
Informatics model predicts breast cancer recurrence
Thursday, December 3 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSQ01-04 | Room E450A
In this presentation, researchers from Johns Hopkins University will present their work on using informatics methods to predict the potential for breast cancer to recur.
Gaze tracking uncovers nodule detection patterns
Thursday, December 3 | 11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. | SSQ04-07 | Room E351
In this scientific session, researchers from Duke University will share their findings on how radiologists detect lung nodules while reading CT studies.