Susan Ascher, MD, FSCBTMR
Co-Director Abdominal Imaging
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Dear SCBT-MR Members, Fellows and Colleagues,
It is an honor to be the President of the Society for Computed Body Tomography and MR. As I write this, I am still buoyed by the success of the 2018 meeting. Thanks to the Program Committee, Fellows, Members, and Members-in-Training, we had more than 300 attendees from 13 different countries. We opened the meeting with #ScienceForward, but the meeting was so much more than that. We honored Drs. Lincoln Berland and Marilyn Siegel with gold medals; we recognized new Fellows, we listened to personal stories of choices made, connectedness at work, the importance of honest feedback and the impact of gender on everyday life; we continued to debate and debate and debate; and equally important, we connected with old friends and made new ones.
In many ways I feel like my daughter, a newly minted high school freshman. She has spent the first six weeks of school navigating new hallways, new teachers and new friends. Some days it goes well, others less so. As the new President, I too am a freshman—navigating a Society that does some things really, really well, and others, not so much. As a Society we would be remiss to be content. Just like technology needs to push boundaries, so do we. What does that look like? The answer is, I don’t know, but we need your help. The Board is embarking on a re-focusing mission. Who are we? What do we do well? What could we do better? What are the challenges facing a technology-centered organization? How should the Society position itself for the next 10 years? In the coming weeks to months, we will ask you your opinion on a variety of topics and we hope you will respond with vigor. In the meantime, please feel free to email me at email@example.com with your comments, criticisms and/or suggestions. And in the era of social media, please follow me on twitter at Susan Ascher @SCBTMRPrez.
I look forward to moving forward together.
Dr. Garry Gold, MD, FSCBTMR
Professor of Radiology; Assoc Chair of Research
Stanford University Medical Center
Dear SCBT-MR Members,
I was honored and humbled to serve as President of the SCBT-MR this past year. This society means a great deal to me personally – while in training and as a junior faculty, it was always my goal to present my research at the scientific session and learn from the best in the world about new developments in the world of CT and MRI. As I spent more time at the SCBT-MR meetings and with other members of the society, I realized what a special group of people we have in this community. I had lunch with Alex Megibow in New York City. I explored Fort Sumpter with Scott Gazelle. I climbed Camelback Mountain in Arizona with Tom McCauly. All while learning about the best imaging had to offer. This is truly the best clinical and translational society for radiologists in the world.
I would like to thank Michele Wittling, Jennifer Sheehan, and the central office staff for all of their help. Susan Asher, who designed a terrific program in Washington DC, has made and will continue to make tremendous contributions to the society and field in the coming years. To all of the presidents of SCBT-MR who preceded me (Erik Paulsen, Dick Ehman, Neil Rofsky, Geoff Rubin, Dushant Sahani, and so many others) a big thank you for your support and advice. To our current Board – thank you for your continued engagement and patience with me as we try to make this wonderful society even better.
Finally, thanks to everyone who presents, attends, and contributes to the annual meeting. Thank you to all of our corporate partners and sponsors. All the members of the society help make us what we are – a very special group working at the cutting edge of imaging to improve patient care. Being the President of the SCBT-MR has truly been one of the major highlights of my career.
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors!
SCBT-MR 2018 Gold Medal Winners - Congratulations!
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2018 Scientific Session Winners
||Accuracy of the LI-RADS v2017 treatment response algorithm for
||Measuring fat fraction with dual-layer spectral CT material attenuation
decomposition plots:an iodine-independent method for imaging hepatic steatosis
||Convolutional neural networks permit estimation of whole-liver hepatic
proton-density fat fraction from single or dual-echo chemical shift encoded MRI
||The reality of iodine quantification in routine renal lesion CT imaging
– a comparison toconventional enhancement quantification
||Growth rates of sessile serrated polyps observed with longitudinal
|Magna Cum Laude
||Assessment of intratumor heterogeneity using texture feature analysis in clear
cell renal cell carcinoma
|Magna Cum Laude
||Evaluation of Bowel tagging and patient preference for customized positive oral
contrast media at low kVp/keV Imaging: A Prospective Clinical Trial
|Magna Cum Laude
||Development of a nonlinear algorithm to identify minimal detectable
concentrations of trace metals(iron, copper, zinc) using dual energy CT in a
simulated Abdominal phantom environment
||Endoscopic Necrosectomy in the management of necrotizing pancreatitis:
What the Radiologist Needs to Know
||Pancreas deformation in the presence of tumors using feature tracking from
free-breathing XD-GRASP MRI
||Differentiating common oral medications from iodinated contrast using dual
energy CT; a multi-platform phantom study
Planning for the 2019 SCBT/MR Annual Meeting to be held on October 19-23rd in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, is well underway. The theme of this year’s meeting is “SCBT/MR Denver 2019 - Mile-High Innovation to Practice” emphasizes on our commitment to the development and application of new technology in Body imaging.
Back by popular demand is a half-day pre-meeting workshop on High Value MRI for Body Imaging. This meeting was sold out in 2018 so be sure to register early! The half-day workshop will have a three-fold focus: Evolution of the MRI Value Proposition; Technical Advances; and Focused MRI Body Protocols.
We will be bringing back crowd favorites such as TED talks, Jeopardy, Don’t Let This Happen to You, and Views from the Corner Office. We are also pleased to announce the expansion of our scientific content with three new parallel theme-based 1 hour scientific sessions, in addition to the traditional Scientific Session. Finally, we are also pleased to announce the introduction of a “Three Pearls” session with rapid fire overviews of educational posters, followed by poster viewing with each of the speakers.
We encourage attendees to interact with faculty and each other at the Q&A sessions, between sessions, and of course, at our social functions such as the Gold Medal Gala and Research Award, and the Wine & Cheese receptions. Denver is beautiful in October and the meeting venue (Grand Hyatt) located adjacent to the 16th Street Walking Mall, a pedestrian promenade bustling with great restaurants, historic buildings, and retail stores. This is the perfect setting for dinner and time spent with colleagues and new and old friends.
We look forward to seeing you in Denver!
Tara Catanzano, MB, Bch, BAO
Associate Professor - Radiology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Daniel Costa, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Nicole Hindman, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
NYU School of Medicine
Bhavik Patel, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Division of Body Imaging
Stanford University Medical Center
Gaiane Rauch, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Division of Diagnostic Imaging
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Satinder Singh, MD
Professor (tenured) - Diagnostic Radiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
"Battling Information Overload"
How can radiologists achieve work-life balance amid the never-ending flow of updates?
Courtney M. Tomblison, MD reviews 3D printed coronal images of a patient's face and sinuses during her diagnostic radiology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Information has never been more accessible. Between conferences, medical journals, and social media, radiologists can find the newest research and start a dialogue with others in the field almost instantly. However, the pressure to stay perpetually up to date can have insidious consequences for radiologists attempting to balance the never-ending stream of technological advancements, their daily work, and their personal wellbeing. The term information overload, coined in 1971 by the writer Alvin Toffler, refers to a state of mental exhaustion, impaired decision-making, and dulled cognition that is a result of a constant influx of information. In a field as complex as radiology, the abundance of information and the expectations to stay abreast of clinical, policy, and practice management updates can sometimes prove counter-productive to quality patient care and radiologist well-being.
With every technological advance, the everyday realities of a radiologist’s work change. “There is a constant need to stay informed because our field is on the forefront of technological advances, and we have to stay abreast of those changing technologies,” says Courtney M. Tomblinson, MD, neuroradiology fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. “It can be challenging when every day there is a new machine or technique or imaging sequence.”
Before the advent of PACS, reports were typed from scratch, signed, and taken to the referring physician by hand. As advancements have shortened report turnaround times, this technology also brings an expectation of timeliness from referring physicians that does not always take into account the human behind the machine. As radiologists point out, immediate responsiveness is not always possible or preferred. “If you feel
you have to get everything done right away, you are going to live in a state of unease and discomfort,” says Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, FACR, chancellor’s professor of radiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
On top of the stress these expectations impose on the radiologist, they also may lead to subpar reports. “Quicker turnaround doesn’t always equate to a quality report,” says Kerri Vincenti MD, chief radiology resident at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. “If a referring physician has a specific question about a time-sensitive report, it is not unreasonable to ask a radiologist to take a look, but they have to understand that there are limitations.”
In addition to the advancing technologies within the radiology field itself, the changing digital landscape at large has meant that discussions are shifting to social media platforms. Social media has completely changed the way information is disseminated. Now that texts, emails, and social media notifications follow many radiologists home, it is even more critical to make informed choices about the return on investment associated
with each information input.
“I do think that one of the contributors to burnout is the sense that ‘I am paddling as fast as I can and getting farther and farther behind, that I am just drowning in a sea of information,’” says Gunderman. “While we may have added a lot more resources vying for our attention we still only have a limited number of hours in the day, so it’s placing a premium on our ability to discern what is really worth knowing.”
Whether it is a monitor or a cell phone screen, radiologists are interacting with technology day in and day out. Although these are critical elements of the job, there are few substitutes for face-to-face interaction with peers when it comes to fostering a positive work experience. “In the information age, we think our most important sources of knowledge are our smart phones or access to the Internet,” says Gunderman. “In fact, what we need more than ever are good mentors, good professional role models, and good educators.”
By Ivana Rihter, freelance writer, ACR Press
1. Gunderman RB. Information Overload. J Am Coll Radiol. 2006; 3:7(495–497). Accessed Oct. 18, 2018. Available at bit.ly/InfoOverload_JACR.
"White House Leadership Fellowship
Awarded to Radiologist"
Michelle L. Dorsey, MD, is pictured in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
with Richard Skokowski, a White House Leadership Development Program Fellow.
Michelle L. Dorsey, MD, chief of radiology at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System, has been named a recipient of the White House Leadership Fellowship. Dorsey, the first VA physician fellow, will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in the White House Office of Management and Budget to provide programmatic leadership for the federal government’s customer experience cross-agency priority goal. According to Dorsey, “This fellowship will prepare me to develop transformative, collaborative programs that can make a genuine difference in the lives of veterans. In particular, I anticipate that my work in ‘customer experience’ will translate into actionable initiatives here in Phoenix to enhance veterans’ satisfaction with the delivery of care.”
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