For over 100 years, RSNA has been synonymous with advancements in medical imaging—and 2016 saw that legacy continue. From QIBA profiles and patient health records to Diagnosis Live™ and research funding, RSNA is moving the specialty forward.
Launched two years ago at RSNA 2014 with the goal of raising $17.5 million to promote the development of imaging scientists, Inspire-Innovate-Invest: The Campaign for Funding Radiology’s Future helped fund over 100 research and education projects throughout the year.
Providing investigators with early support and protected research time is paramount to the R&E Foundation’s mission and since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded $52 million in funding to 1,200 educators and investigators for 1,300 grant projects. The real value, however, is far greater. Surveys show that for every $1 granted by the Foundation, recipients have received over 40 additional dollars from other sources such as the NIH—resulting in a net gain of over $2 billion in funding for radiology research and education.
In his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced the Federal Cancer Moonshot, a $1 billion initiative with a stated mission to “to achieve a decade’s worth of progress in five years.”
To achieve this goal, then Vice President Joe Biden took the helm of a special task force to encourage patients, doctors, researchers and industry innovators to fight cancer more effectively and, per the task force report, unite the federal government “in achieving the Moonshot’s mission through a focused effort to leverage federal investments, targeted incentives, private sector efforts, and patient initiatives, among other mechanisms.”
In late 2016, two of RSNA’s Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA) Profiles were included in the Initiative; the two completed QIBA Profiles relevant to cancer studies and treatments describe methods for obtaining accurate and reproducible 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT measurements and CT tumor volume measurements.
QIBA, which aims to improve the value and practicality of quantitative imaging biomarkers by reducing variability across devices and time, has created profiles that define universal standards of operation. Specifically, the profiles establish comprehensive, systems-engineering, technical standards for image acquisition and processing.
Developed in 2005 to create a unified language for the organization of web-based imaging reports and medical records, RadLex offers radiologists a comprehensive, shared lexicon. From an initial set of more than 7,500 anatomic and pathologic terms released in 2006, RadLex now includes more than 68,000 terms.
In 2014, the RadLex Committee began a collaborative project with the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University to incorporate the RadLex Playbook into the terminology system known as Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®), which is published and maintained by Regenstrief. LOINC is widely used in laboratory and electronic health record systems and referenced in federal standards.
RSNA offers a full range of educational resources to help radiologists advance their careers, earn CME credit and stay on the leading-edge of radiology’s future.
Using RSNA online education, medical professionals can filter and search comprehensive SA-CME education, much of which is free or discounted for RSNA members. Currently, RSNA eLearn includes over 650 online education programs, 214 of which were added in 2016.
Funded by the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and administered by RSNA, RSNA Image Share allows radiologists to share medical images and radiology reports with patients via personal health record (PHR) accounts. It is used at medical centers across the country.
Working in collaboration with the Sequoia Project in 2016, RSNA also introduced the Image Share Validation Program to test vendor compliance with IHE and DICOM image sharing standards. A pilot testing program partially funded by NIBIB was performed in 2016 and resulted in the validation seal being awarded to seven companies in November.
RSNA publishes two of the most highly regarded journals in the field: Radiology, the authoritative reference for the most current, clinically relevant and highest quality research, and RadioGraphics, the top source for earning SA-CME credits with the best peer reviewed educational material.
Published regularly since 1923, Radiology has long been recognized as the authoritative reference for medical imaging professionals. Each month the journal publishes peer-reviewed original research, authoritative reviews, well-balanced commentary on significant articles, and expert opinion on new techniques and technologies.
In 2016, the RSNA Board of Directors named David A. Bluemke, MD, PhD, radiologist-in-chief of radiology and imaging sciences at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and senior investigator at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, as the new Radiology editor, succeeding Herbert Y. Kressel, MD, effective January 2018.
An ongoing series of Radiology articles selected to highlight developments in imaging science, techniques and clinical practice, Radiology Select focuses on a single specific topic with supplementation by commentaries, author interviews, podcasts and SA-CME opportunities in dedicated volumes.
In 2016, Radiology Select Vol. 7: Imaging the Liver was released. This volume features 31 articles covering the most important advances in liver imaging, including: diagnostic imaging with ultrasound, CT and MRI, disease detection and characterization with diffusion MRI, advances in treatment of liver diseases and more.
Since its launch in 1981, RadioGraphics has been recognized as one of the premier education journals in diagnostic radiology. Each bimonthly issue features up to 20 practice-focused articles addressing topics ranging from diagnostic imaging techniques, radiologic-pathologic correlation, practice policy and quality initiatives, imaging physics, informatics, lifelong learning and more.
A special RadioGraphics monograph is published each October; the 2016 installment focused on the wide spectrum of musculoskeletal imaging, from essential concepts for targeted joints to multisystem and general pathologic conditions.
Since its introduction at RSNA 2011, Diagnosis Live has enjoyed growing popularity as a highly-interactive educational platform that allows participants to engage in friendly competition, receive immediate feedback and retain more of what they learn.
At RSNA 2016, Diagnosis Live was featured in 84 courses—and replaced the response clicker for all courses in which audience response was a component.
Diagnosis Live is also gaining traction as a valuable tool within medical residency programs. In 2016, there were 73 individual programs worldwide making use of the technology, including five programs outside North America. Participating institutions include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Oregon Health & Science Universities, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Hartford Hospital.
True to its mission to promote excellence in patient care through education, research and technologic innovation, RSNA contributed to the well-being of patients around the world in 2016.
Developed and funded by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), RadiologyInfo.org provides a wealth of imaging information for the public, including easy-to-understand descriptions of over 200 imaging exams and treatments.
The award-winning site is available in both English and Spanish and draws well over 1 million visitors each month. In fact, a record 16 million unique visits were recorded in 2016, up from 11 million in 2015.
As a direct response to its growing role as a leading resource for patient-centered radiology news and information, RadiologyInfo.org expanded in 2016 through the addition of a new "Radiology and You” section, which includes topics designed to empower patients and help them become more active participants in their healthcare.
RadiologyInfo.org received multiple awards in 2016, including:
By December 31, 2016, the Image Wisely® campaign received nearly 54,000 pledges to lower the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies, eliminate unnecessary procedures and, ultimately, optimize radiation dose.
Image Wisely pledges may be made by medical imaging professionals as well as associations, educational programs and imaging facilities. In 2016, campaign pledges became due for renewal on an annual basis, with all pledges expiring on December 31 of each year. This new model, together with stronger requirements for participating facilities, encourages physicians to continually recommit themselves to deliver safe, optimal radiation doses.
Image Wisely is an initiative of RSNA, ACR, AAPM and ASRT.
RSNA is also a proud Alliance Organization supporter of the Image Gently® Campaign, which is dedicated to the creation and promotion of pediatric imaging practices designed to increase safety through adjusted radiation dose rates while still maintaining imaging efficacy.
Through prominent coverage by outlets like the New York Times, National Public Radio, WebMD, NBC Nightly News and more, RSNA increased public understanding of radiology and the radiologist’s role in patient care. One of the most popular stories to capture public attention was a special Radiology report on the Zika virus, which was given front-page exposure by the New York Times.
ABC World News Tonight, The Washington Post, TIME and Popular Science also covered the report and, in the first 24 hours following its publication alone, more than 550 print, broadcast and online placements in these outlets were tracked.
This coverage reached an estimated audience of 1 billion and continues to climb.
Other Radiology research to gain public awareness through widespread media distribution includes a study demonstrating brain changes in youth football players and a study on the occurrence of PTSD in earthquake survivors.
As the leading professional organization for medical imaging specialists around the globe,
RSNA is proud to bring together the specialty’s best and brightest.
With over 54,000 members from 144 countries, RSNA is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals all dedicated to advancing excellence in patient care through education, research and innovation.
In 2016, approximately 70 percent of RSNA members came from North America, 12 percent from Europe and the remaining balance spanned South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
In addition to this impressive global reach, RSNA also has a very loyal member base. Over 20 percent, in fact, have been members for at least 25 years.
The mission to achieve excellence in patient care through education, research and innovation is one that cannot be reached alone. RSNA is grateful to the 1,000+ dedicated volunteers who serve on committees and donate their expertise to achieve this shared goal—the Society’s success in education and research is a direct reflection of the medical imaging specialists who so generously share their scientific knowledge and administrative abilities.
Since making its social media debut in 2008, RSNA has enjoyed a steady increase in overall presence across multiple platforms. In 2016, the Society’s Facebook page, for example, reached 78,203 fans and its Twitter account had 28,218 followers, a figure that represents year-over-year growth of 28 percent.
Other social media milestones include the Society’s continued growth on LinkedIn, experiencing an audience growth rate of 22 percent after being initially launched in 2015, and expanded social media coverage during RSNA 2016 with more live-tweeting, tweet-up events and exhibit tours. This level of engagement reaped rewards; over 8,200 participants made 191 million Twitter impressions on #RSNA16.
RSNA has a long history of promoting excellence in radiology abroad and 2016 saw the organization increase its international reach even further. In late April, the Society co-sponsored Jornada Paulista de Radiologia (JPR) in São Paulo, Brazil, for its second joint congress with the Sociedade Paulista de Radiologia (SPR).
Also in 2016, RSNA for the first time joined the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR) to co-sponsor an RSNA/AOSR Joint Symposium addressing the role of imaging in liver transplantation.
Other countries of international focus this year included Ghana, Mexico, Mongolia and the Philippines, where RSNA’s International Visiting Professors (IVPs) gave lectures, visited hospitals and offered hands-on teaching to radiology trainees.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) extended ACCME Accreditation with Commendation for RSNA until March 31, 2022. ACCME accreditation is necessary for RSNA to award CME credits to physicians.
ACCME Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate exemplary compliance with all ACCME criteria and accreditation policies. The extension resulted from an arduous process by RSNA of documenting adherence to the standards set by ACCME for quality continuing medical education.
ACCME also noted RSNA demonstrated an engagement with its environment in support of physician learning and change that is part of a system for quality improvement.
Drawing over 200 attendees from 17 countries, RSNA’s inaugural Spotlight Course, Radiología de Urgencias: Curso Interactivo con Casos (Emergency Radiology: Interactive Course with Cases), was held in Cancun, Mexico, in June.
The 2 ½-day program featured interactive and case-based education utilizing RSNA Diagnosis Live™ technology. Course popularity was so high that a second annual Spotlight Course is scheduled for 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.
In response to breakthrough 3D printing technology and its implications for radiology, in 2016, RSNA introduced a new 3D Special Interest Group (SIG) to promote the highest quality 3D printing for medical applications via education, research and collaboration.
The SIG has a mission to focus on maintaining a prominent role for radiologists in this diverse and growing specialty. The group will also seek to provide physicians and allied health scientists with optimized education and research programs.
RSNA received three 2016 MarCom Awards from the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals, a prestigious international awards competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement.
RSNA received a Platinum Award, the top honor, for a front-page Aug. 23 article in the New York Times, “Scans of Brains Show an Array of Zika Effects,” based on Radiology research on the Zika virus.
Gold Awards were given for the RSNA 2015 Press Kit welcoming world press to the RSNA 2015 Annual Meeting and for website redesign of RadiologyInfo.org, the RSNA-ACR public information website designed specifically for patients.
Themed “Beyond Imaging,” RSNA’s 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting encouraged over 54,000 attendees to consider the future of medical imaging. The year’s premier forum for radiology, RSNA 2016 hosted over 660 exhibiting companies across more than 412,000 square feet in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Over 100 companies were present as first-time exhibitors.
What’s more, the RSNA annual meeting once again ranked among the top 100 shows by Trade Show Executive magazine and was named one of the largest medical meetings in total attendance by the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitor Association.
Introduced at RSNA 2016, the all-new Connections Center was specifically designed with attendees in mind. RSNA staff provided service and help within the R&E Donor Suite, the Membership & Resources booth, Digital Support booth and Information Desk. Expanded lounge seating also offered a comfortable area to network and recharge electronic devices.
One of the most exciting additions to the Connections Center was the new Discovery Theater, which had presentations and performances scheduled throughout the week. This was a popular location in McCormick Place for the duration of the meeting, with attendees taking in educational and RSNA-focused presentations as well as musical performances by Chicago Diamond Trio, Hilary Butler Quartet, Musicality Vocal Ensemble and more.
Now In its third year, the RSNA Image Contest has solidified its status as a favorite event among annual meeting attendees and, this year, it received 477 submissions in four categories: Best Photo, Radiology Art, Most Unusual Case and Best Medical Image. Entries were received from around the world and close to 125,000 online votes—nearly 100,000 more than 2015— were cast to select the winners.
"When Turtle Meets Butterflies"
Best Medical Image
"Expand Your Mind: The Possibilities of Tissue Segmentation in 4-D CT"
Midas Meijs, MSc
Most Unusual Case
"The Feeding Artery of Pancreatic VIPoma, the Cystic Change and the Abumndant Blood Supply of the Tumor"
"A Panda Drawing for his Queen"
Charbel Mourad, MD
"Congestive Art Failure"
"The IR Consultation"
Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence are harbingers of new frontiers in healthcare and new roles are emerging for these technologies to serve as intelligent assistants to radiologists in their clinical workflows. At RSNA 2016, an IBM research team showed machine learning in action at the Eyes of Watson demonstration. Over 3,000 attendees were able to observe and evaluate the work-in-progress Watson technology as it identified patterns and performed clinical inference.
With 90 courses, a 25% increase from 2015, as well as extended access and up to 83.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available for live sessions—plus 13 CME-eligible courses on demand—the RSNA 2016 Virtual Meeting built upon its past success to continue development as a vital component to the annual meeting, both for on-site attendees and medical professionals worldwide. Users also enjoyed access to Cases of the Day, scientific presentations and education exhibits.
With more than 10,000 international professional attendees in attendance, the RSNA annual meeting continues to shine the spotlight on top research from around the world. In 2016, the Society honored The Netherlands and Turkey with its Country Presents series, showcasing the nations that are helping shape the global future of radiology.
The Netherlands Presents featured session focused on “Advances in Neuro-degenerative and Neurovascular Diseases” while the Turkey Presents session addressed “The Meaning of Evolution for Radiology and Medicine" and "Advances in Neuroradiology.”
In 2016, RSNA introduced a Student Travel Awards program for young investigators designed to encourage the most leading-edge imaging science at the annual meeting. This program offers $500 awards to help with the expense of attending the annual meeting to the top 400 young investigators whose papers have been accepted for presentation.
June 30, 2016
|Cash and Short-Term Investments||$14,748,437|
|Receivables and Other Current Assets||7,329,785|
|Property, Furniture and Equipment||21,339,436|
|Liabilities and Net Assets|
|Accounts Payable and Short-Term Debt||$6,543,378|
|Long-Term Debt and Other Long-Term Liabilities||567,699|
|Designated-Research and Education Foundation||47,101,388|
|Total net assets||131,642,440|
|Total Liabilities and Net Assets||$162,313,380|
Year ending June 30, 2016
|Publications and Educational Materials||13,367,037|
|Annual Scientific Assembly||24,825,853|
|Publications and Educational Materials||16,567,686|
|Annual Scientific Assembly||14,872,550|
|Research and Education Foundation||5,146,205|
|Excess of operating revenue over operating expenses||$4,972,812|
|Federal and state income tax expense||(119,834)|
|Non operating income||(131,488)|
|Increase in net assets before unrealized gain (loss) on investments||$4,721,490|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on valuation of investments and interest rate swap||(3,127,955)|
|Increase in Net Assets||$1,593,535|
|Net Assets at beginning of year||$130,048,905|
|Net Assets at end of year||$131,642,440|
Gifts between October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016
RSNA Board of Directors, Executive Staff and Corporate Partners