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Radiation Oncology at RSNA


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The radiation oncology program at the RSNA annual meeting offers a unique opportunity to learn about the latest updates in oncologic and imaging practice. 

This year’s program included case-based interactive review courses, computerized contouring sessions, oncologic imaging and anatomy review courses, and new scientific presentations (poster and oral). Disease topics included gynecologic, head and neck, breast, lung, genitourinary, hematologic, soft tissue, pediatric, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system malignancies.This year’s Annual Oration in Radiation

Oncology was given by Daphne A. Haas-Kogan, MD, chair of the department of radiation oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. Her address focused on how personalized medicine has changed radiation oncology and will continue to change the specialty in the future. She also discussed the role radiation oncologists can take to embrace and advance those changes. Her specific examples included radiomic imaging, new uses of external beam radiotherapy to treat cardiac arrhythmias, and the new class of MRI-guided radiation therapy devices.

RSNA offers a variety of opportunities for the radiation oncology member-in-training, including:

• Free registration for trainees and members
• Abstract travel awards
• A meet-the-professor mentoring session
• Research awards and grants
• NIH grant-writing courses

Submission of research projects to the next RSNA annual meeting is encouraged. There are also several grants targeted at residents and fellows: https://www.rsna.org/Research_Resident_Grant.aspx

Please note: Starting in 2018, abstracts submitted to ASTRO will no longer be automatically considered for submission to RSNA. Abstracts will have to be submitted directly to RSNA.
RSNA offers a unique opportunity for the two fields of radiology and radiation oncology to merge and discuss recent advances and future directions. I encourage you to submit abstracts directly to RSNA and attend the conference in 2018.

By Edward Kim, MD, RSNA Scientific Program Radiation Oncology and Radiobiology Subcommittee Chair, and Meghan Macomber, MD, ACR-RFS Radiation Oncology Representative

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