The 98th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) kicked off Sunday in Chicago and MRG is here with a full contingent looking to see the latest technology, gather insights, and interact with vendors. Surprisingly, it's pretty cold here already, which means something coming from a Canadian!
 
MRG will again be running a survey-based project on the floor of RSNA this year, looking to gauge perceptions of the booths at RSNA as well as future purchasing decisions for diagnostic imaging equipment. So radiologists, please come out to Halls B or D and provide your input! We?ll be running the survey through to the end of Thursday November 29th.
 
The theme of this year's RSNA is ?Patients First?, and it's readily apparent in the product offerings being displayed that the trend is towards more efficient economical systems that focus on both patient comfort and ease-of-use by the clinician. Examples on the floor include GE Healthcare's "Humanizing MR" theme and their new Silent Scan technology, which is pending 510(k) approval and will reduce acoustic noise during MR scans, as well as Philips Healthcare's Imaging 2.0 approach, with patient focus being one of the core values of the concept.
 
Other notable product focuses this year are breast cancer imaging and emphasis on low dosage/dose management, which was also a prominent topic at information sessions on Sunday. A presentation on the latest research on breast imaging was given, and a notable highlight was Dr. Wendie Berg, PhD, who presented research on breast ultrasound being a possible tool for use in primary breast cancer screening. If further research continues to validate this concept, then vendors should take note about the potential to market their breast ultrasound systems to less developed nations as a screening tool where mammography is not available.

The ?Hot Topics in Thoracic Imaging? refresher course also offered some interesting information on CT scans, with CT scans representing a significant portion of total medical radiation exposure to the human population. Dr. John R. Mayo, MD outlined the importance of dose reduction and highlighted how younger populations are most affected by radiation, which ties in neatly with the pediatric radiology focus at RSNA.
 

I?ll be on the floor myself throughout the week getting a firsthand look at all this tech and will be sharing my thoughts here, so stay tuned!

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