Daily Bulletin 2015

More to See at RSNA 2015: Sessions in Every Subspecialty

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Here's just a sampling of what RSNA attendees can access in educational courses, scientific sessions and posters and exhibits in every subspecialty. View scientific posters and education exhibits in the Learning Center through Friday. Virtual meeting registrants may also view posters and exhibits by logging on from in or outside McCormick Place.

Cardiac/Nuclear Medicine

RC611 (Educational Course)

Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging: SPECT/CT and PET/CT
Thursday, Dec. 3, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Room S504CD

Advancements in camera and software technology have improved SPECT image resolution and increased counting statistics. But even with such advancements, attention to technical detail is essential to assure optimal image quality. In the session, "Advances in Cardiac SPECT," presenters will discuss the instrumentation advances that allow new cameras to perform SPECT with markedly reduced acquisition times and/or less radiopharmaceutical activity. In "Advances in Cardiac PET," presenters will review the advantages and disadvantages of myocardial perfusion PET compared to SPECT for evaluation of coronary artery disease.

Genitourinary Radiology

GI98-ED-X (Education Exhibit)

Acute Severe Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (ASH) as the First Presentation of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD): Multi-modality Imaging Findings
All Day-Genitourinary (GI) Community
Learning Center

This educational exhibit showcases the radiological findings of acute severe Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (ASH) and uses these findings to diagnose acute severe ASH in the correct clinical context; highlights the possibility of acute severe ASH occurring in the absence of cirrhosis; demonstrates how imaging findings can distinguish acute severe ASH from other causes of acute hepatitis and from decompensated alcoholic cirrhosis; and outline the outcomes and treatment options available in acute severe ASH.

Health Policy

RC524 (Educational Course)

Dialogue with the Joint Commission: New Diagnostic Imaging Standards for CT and MR
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8:30–10:00 a.m. Room S404AB

Presenters will give an overview of the new and revised diagnostic imaging standards and offer a description of how compliance with these standards will be evaluated during Joint Commission on-site surveys. The session will also cover methods for demonstrating compliance with the new and revised imaging standards to promote patient safety and care.


SSG08-05 (Educational Course)

Pilot Study of a Global Radiology Report Categorization (RADCAT) System in the Emergency Department
Tuesday, 11:10-11:20 a.m. Room S402AB

Researchers developed a global categorization system for radiology reports in the emergency department and evaluated the inter-observer variation of the system as a first step in establishing its clinical utility. They report results of their pilot RADCAT system in globally characterizing radiology reports and providing valuable shorthand for communication between radiologists and emergency medicine physicians through the electronic medical record.

Interventional Radiology

SPSC40 (Educational Course)

Controversy Session: "My Back Hurts": Fluoroscopy or CT-guided Intervention?
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:15-8:15 a.m. Room E451B

Presenters will identify various etiologies of low back pain and neck pain that may be amenable to image-guided pain injections, develop a pain management plan utilizing image-guided injections and assess what imaging findings and clinical symptoms are appropriate for the injections. In two sessions, "For Fluoroscopic Injection Procedures," and "CT Injection Procedures," presenters will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of CT versus fluoroscopically guided pain injections.

Leadership Management

MSRT52 (Educational Course)

ASRT@RSNA 2015: Patient-centered Imaging and the Role for the RA in a Changing Healthcare Environment
Thursday, Dec. 3, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Room N230

Providing patient-centered care has become increasingly important in today's healthcare environment. But while radiology consultation has traditionally been a part of standard clinical practice, the current fee-for-service payment model and technologies such as PACS have limited the availability of the radiologist. In this American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)/RSNA session, presenters discuss the role of the Radiologist Assistant in alleviating the radiologist's workflow constraints for non-interpretive tasks. The session will focus on radiology consultation and promoting patient-centered imaging, ultimately increasing the quality of patient care.


RC804-04 (Educational Course)

Distal Clavicular Osteolysis in Adults: Prevalence, Predisposing Factors,
Treatment and Outcome
Friday, Dec. 4, 9:15-9:25 a.m. Room E451A

Presenters share findings of a study investigating the prevalence, imaging findings, treatment and outcome of distal clavicular osteolysis (DCO) in adults as well as the association with bench pressing intensity. Researchers examined patients with atraumatic DCO in a retrospective review of 4,217 consecutive MRI shoulder reports of men and women between 20 and 40 years old.


SPSC42 (Educational Course)

Controversy Session: Concussion and Dementia: Will Football be the Tobacco of this Century?
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Room E351

Presenters will discuss the functional and pathophysiologic consequences of concussion in two sessions:

  • CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and Dementia: Causation? The session covers the prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, its demographics and distinguishes those features from the more widely prevalent aspects of Alzheimer's dementia-related disorders.
  • Guilt by Association: Along with exploring the distinction between correlation and cause in traumatic brain injury (TBI), the session examines one useful causal inference method, Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation, to test the assumption that TBI causes brain dysfunction.


SSJ22-04 (Scientific Session)

Dose or Noise Reduction for Dynamic CT Perfusion: 4D Adaptive Time-Intensity Profile Similarity (aTIPS) Bilateral Filters (BF)
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 3:30-3:40 p.m. Room S403B

Researchers will discuss the possibility of reducing image noise (or, alternatively, patient dose) when employing a time-intensity profile similarity (aTIPs) bilateral (BF) filter, making quantitative dynamic CT perfusion more robust, potentially leading to a higher clinical acceptance in daily routine.


QS127-ED-WEB2 (Quality Storyboard)

1-800-Imaging Pilot Project: Building Partnerships Between Primary Care and Medical Imaging
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 12:45-1:15 p.m.,
Quality Storyboards (QS) Community, Learning Center

Researchers report the results of a pilot project to create a 1-800 Imaging Call Centre in Ontario, Canada, to improve integration between primary care providers in the community (PCPs) and medical imaging within a tertiary sub-specialized environment. This virtual hub gives PCPs a direct point of contact within a complex, academic medical imaging department to facilitate real-time consultation with a sub-specialized radiologist and to escalate urgent imaging requests.

Subspecialty content brochures will be available in the Grand Concourse Lobby, Level 3; Lakeside Center, Level 3 and Learning Center.

Question of the Day:

We just purchased a new CT scanner from a different vendor and it's like trying to learn a new language to understand their parameters. How do I learn the new nomenclature?

Tip of the day:

Even if it is your personal lead apron, if it is stored on-site at the clinic, it must be checked annually as part of a quality assurance program.

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