With day two of RSNA in full swing, the Everything Rad team has assembled a quick look at five topics that are getting a lot of attention at this year’s conference…
- Patient-centric radiology—Sunday’s opening session presenters, who typically set the tone for the week to come, stressed the importance of always performing radiology with the interests of the patient first and foremost in mind. This general mantra, which few would argue with, led to deeper discussions around quality, performance measurement and the impact that both high and low quality have from a health outcome and economic viewpoint. With quality of care, cost and medical imaging all playing a role in the broader U.S. health reform discussion, look for this theme to continue in 2010.
- U.S. Health Reform—Given the current U.S. healthcare debate and the impact it will have on anyone that has a stake in how American medicine is practiced, this one is a no-brainer. Hallway and booth conversations are buzzing with folks expressing concern, hope, speculation and general debate on the path forward. Given the global nature of RSNA, there are a lot of diverse viewpoints represented—always a good thing!
- Dose Management—From CT manufacturers talking about their new lower dose systems to educational offerings focusing on dose, this ongoing topic continues to be a key issue from a vendor, provider and patient point of view. And rightfully so, given the amount of dose most of us are subjected to over the course of our lifetimes.
- Communicating Critical Results—This important topic was once again brought to life Sunday in a mock jury trial held by the RSNA, questioning whether a radiologist who detects possible lung cancer on a patient’s X-ray and issues a written report noting the finding and recommending a CT scan has adequately fulfilled his responsibility. Is he obligated to verbally communicate the findings to the referring physician or the patient? For the mock trial results, go here.
Further, a new study reported in today’s RSNA Daily Bulletin showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents from one prominent U.S. research facility found it difficult communicating critical findings in their environment—more work in this area is required.
- Twitter—From exhibitor/vendor tweets and live updates and Twitter contests from the RSNA organization itself to “tweetup” (in person meetings for Twitter users) queries from local hoteliers and ongoing #rsna09 posts that announce attendees’ real-time thoughts and locales, Twitter is “in” at this year’s RSNA.
If you’re attending the show, did we miss anything? And if you’re not attending, tell us what you think… same old same old or new and exciting?