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RSNA History-Part 28

This episode of history discusses the major events that took place during the 2000s period. Rapid development in communication technology was having its effects on .

During RSNA 2003 meeting, Mobile Computing Pavilion included technical exhibit featuring the latest wireless technologies. The Pavilion also included the Pathway to Progress demonstration which discussed with the attendees the role of IT solutions in radiology practice.

Meanwhile, RSNA provided, for the first time ever, a live simulcast of the Sunday Image Interpretation session. The RSNA 2003 also included the introduction of RSNA’s Medical Imaging Resource Center (MIRC). The Center permits medical imaging professionals to exchange images for discussions, which in return aid in promoting the level of radiologists.

On the other hand, the Society’s website,, was redesigned to include new features such as the Career Connection job site. In recognition of the increasing role of information and communication technologies in radiology, Peggy J. Fritzsche, M.D., the RSNA 2003 President, encouraged her colleagues, during her President’s Address presentation, to pursue “the ancient art of communication.” She added that “Technology and communication represent the radiologic Yin and Yang,” Dr. Fritzsche concluded “We must have both in order to succeed.”

Also in the same year, RSNA modified its Board of Directors so it started to include a Liaison for Science. These modifications also included the establishment of the Public Information Advisors Network. The Network features volunteers covering all radiology sub-specialties. These volunteers interact with the media and check press releases to ensure scientific accuracy.

In the following year, 2004, RSNA started a new online system for submitting abstracts for the annual meeting. The new system made the procedures simpler and faster. During the meeting, RSNA introduced a digital presentation system for education exhibits and scientific posters. Meanwhile, a new system was launched for measuring audience-response, which helped presenters in interacting more with their attendees.

Another technology, radiofrequency identification, was applied aiming to review the patterns the attendees followed at the meeting. The RSNA 2003 Exhibition had wireless networks and what was called “cyber oasis” in every technical exhibition hall. RSNA continued to provide help to other radiology societies. For instance the Society offered assistance, in 2004, to the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in its maintenance of certification (MOC) program.

RSNA also coded all its educational program content to help its members in determining the CME materials they find useful in their specialty. The Society also launched its CME Gateway (, which represents an online portal for CME credits.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation introduced, in RSNA 2004 meeting, the Visionaries in Practice campaign. The initiative aimed to encourage annual giving that was provided by radiologists working in private settings. In 2005, RSNA’s Radiology journal appeared in a new look. The modifications in the appearance of the journal aimed to improve the reading experience for the subscribers of the journal. The first issue of Radiology, in its new look, was mailed to subscribers in December 2005, and was January 2006 issue.

2005 also witnessed that introduction of self-assessment modules, for the first time, which aimed to help participants in the ABR MOC process. Meanwhile RSNA 2005 meeting included the Interventional Oncology Symposium, Digital Mammography Training and Self-Assessment Workshop in addition to Integrated Science and Practice sessions.

The event also included an announcement by R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., R&E Foundation Board of Trustees Chair. Dr. Bryan said that plans were made to raise $15 million as funds before 2009, the year that marks the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Meanwhile, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) appeared as an initiative that was adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. IHE plays as rule in a coalition working on a US national health information infrastructure.

RSNA finished building it’s a new conference center at RSNA Headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. The new center served the Society by hosting educational conferences, workshops in addition to committee meetings. Meanwhile, the Society carried on helping its members with the MOC process. RSNA introduced the CME Action Plan, which represents a personal learning model aiding in planning continuing education.

Moreover, a new Clinical Trials Methodology Workshop took place to teach new researchers the best protocols for clinical trials in radiology. The following year, 2007, witnessed more attention from RSNA towards strengthening its global position. The Society had more international memberships and attended annual meetings of other radiology organizations.

Also in 2007, the Society introduced, at the annual meeting, new courses discussing quality improvement and cardiac CT, in addition to a new program to enhance the relationship between diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. The Society held it’s a new educational event, RSNA Highlights, for the first time in 2007.

RSNA made some modifications to its structure; its Department of Research was renamed to be the Department of Scientific Affairs. Daniel Sullivan, M.D., was hired to serve as physician science advisor. By the end of 2007, Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., was chosen to serve as the new Radiology editor as the previous one, Anthony V. Proto, M.D., announced his retirement.

Also in 2007, Going Green initiative was introduced by RSNA. The initiative aimed to reduce environmental pollution and the Society started to use more electronic files instead of paper ones. RSNA also had more recycling and applied a number of environmentally friendly measures at the annual meeting. RSNA 2007 meeting had a new record of attendees, 62,501, which reflected the growing importance of the event.

During his speech, RSNA 2007 President R. Gilbert Jost, M.D., focused on the unlimited capabilities of technology and how they can serve radiology. He said that the practice was moving towards an era of molecular imaging, personalized medicine and innovative electronic medical records. Dr. Jost said that “Specialties that understand and harness the power of information technology are likely to avoid being swallowed up by the pace of technological change,”


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