Daily Bulletin 2015

Embracing Technological Innovation is Key to Radiology's Future

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Arie Crown Theater

Arie Crown Theater

As a "New Century Begins" for RSNA, radiologists must be ready to embrace not only the technological innovations that are unfolding at warp speed but also to become catalysts for change within their own practices and the profession as a whole.

That's the message RSNA President Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., will convey during his President's Address, "Going Boldly into Radiology's Technological Future: Why Our Profession Must Embrace Innovation," today at 8:30 a.m. in the Arie Crown Theater.

The theme of the RSNA's 101st Annual Meeting, "Innovation is the Key to Our Future," is central to realizing the promise and potential of one of the most exciting periods in the history of radiology, Dr. Arenson says.

"Technology won't simply fall in our laps and create miracles," Dr. Arenson says. "We have work to do if technology is going to meet its promise for the future—work that requires managing change as much as embracing it."

As healthcare systems across the globe increasingly turn to the specialty for help and to serve growing populations of patients, radiologists will be in greater demand than ever. Radiologists under pressure to do more with less will need to embrace the technological advancements that improve work efficiencies and patient care—often by substantial degrees.

In his address, Dr. Arenson will recap radiology's amazing technological journey to date—including RSNA's pioneering work in imaging informatics—and offer a "futuristic tour" of technological advancements to come.

Radiology's future includes everything from wearable devices and "the world's fastest" receiving-only 2-D cameras to "quantum computers" that use the quantum state of subatomic particles to process data, Dr. Arenson says. Other advancements likely to impact radiology include high-intensity focused ultrasound, steerable catheters under MR guidance and metabolic and molecular imaging.

Dr. Arenson will also discuss the importance of radiologists becoming leaders in promoting innovation and outline steps toward reaching that goal and strengthening the specialty. Looking to the future, radiologists have every reason to be optimistic, he says.

"Based on what I see, we are brimming with potential to meet the challenges ahead," Dr. Arenson says.

Question of the Day:

What is a safe dose for a radiation worker's lens?

Tip of the day:

Marking the floor of fluoroscopy exam rooms can help keep staff aware of radiation, especially for personnel like speech pathologists who may be less aware of radiation dose regions than radiology personnel.

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