ACR-managed societies united radiologists and strengthen the specialty.
No matter your subspecialty, you'll likely find a related society.
The ACR provides association management services to seven such groups, from the 70-member International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology to the 2,500-member Society of Breast Imaging. These diverse organizations vary as much in size as in topic. Each plays an important role in uniting radiologists and furthering subspecialties.
In addition to providing management support, the ACR often collaborates with these sister societies on issues related to members' respective areas of expertise.
North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging (NASCI)
NASCI aims to develop and spread knowledge about the field of cardiovascular imaging through its International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging while encouraging and continuing education among its members and the subspecialty as a whole. NASCI collaborates with the College to produce guidelines related to cardiovascular imaging, develop the Cardiac CT Certificate of Advanced Proficiency exam, and provide input on CPT® codes.
In October, NASCI unveiled its annotated curriculum for cardiovascular imaging residents and fellows. A committee of NASCI experts pulled together the best sources on each topic in the curriculum to provide an invaluable free resource for anyone interested in the subspecialty.
Also in October, NASCI held its annual meeting. Keynote speaker Robert Manning, chief engineer on the Curiosity rover mission to Mars, spoke on the challenges of sending a mission to Mars and the importance of project management skills, no matter the endeavor. Find out more at www.nasci.org.
Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR)
The SPR aims to advance pediatric health care through medical imaging and image-guided therapy. To that end, the society works with the ACR to establish guidelines for pediatric imaging, holds an annual meeting and periodic scientific meetings, collaborates on the monthly journal Pediatric Radiology, and encourages research by awarding grants.
SPR was a main force behind the Image Gently® campaign, which aims to increase awareness about the potential effects of childhood exposure to ionizing radiation associated with imaging procedures. The campaign seeks partners to pledge their intent to image gently. Since its launch in 2008, 71 organizations and more than 17,000 medical professionals have signed on.
In 2011, the SPR was among the founding organizations of the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging. The federation seeks to provide a united voice for the international pediatric imaging community while advocating for improved medical care for children all over the world. In its first project, federation members will provide teleradiology services to Doctors Without Borders. Find out more at www.pedrad.org.
This prestigious multidisciplinary society works to advance the diagnosis and treatment of chest diseases by improving teaching methods and fostering the exchange of ideas within the field. Membership is by invitation.
The society focuses on providing recommendations, guidelines, and position papers on critical topics related to thoracic radiology. Two of its most notable publications have been the influential "Guidelines for Management of Small Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT Scans," in 2005, and the 2008 "Glossary of Terms for Thoracic Imaging."
The Fleischner Society also collaborated with the Society of Thoracic Radiology and the ACR Education Center to develop the Center's High-Resolution CT of the Chest course, which gives attendees the opportunity to learn from world-renowned thoracic imagers. Find out more at http://fleischner.org.
Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU)
The SRU represents radiologists in ultrasound and advocates for safe and effective use of ultrasound to ensure the highest level of patient care. It is the only society in North America dedicated to this modality.
For the society's 2012 annual meeting, the SRU adopted a new theme: Image Soundly. The theme emphasizes the importance of ultrasound in the current climate of radiation dose consciousness and cost control. The meeting, held Oct. 26-28, included educational sessions on topics ranging from musculoskeletal sonography to vascular imaging. A scientific paper was presented during each session, and two sessions were designated as self-assessment modules (SAMs).
Also in October, the SRU organized a multidisciplinary, multinational consensus conference on first-trimester sonography. The panel focused on establishing sonographic criteria that can be used to exclude the possibility of a viable pregnancy. Find out more www.sru.org.
Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBT-MR)
The SCBT-MR sets out to improve patient care through the appropriate use of CT and MR by supporting innovative research and educating radiologists. The society offers continuing education courses, sponsors awards for important clinical research, and produces online lectures on topics of interest to its members (such as "Can Radiation Dose Be Reduced Using DECT?", available at http://bit.ly/DoseReduction).
The SCBT-MR also recently expanded its annual meeting to include round-table discussions with member experts, interpretation panels with SCBT-MR fellows, and a "Don't Let This Happen to You" session, in which topic experts present missed cases. Find out more at www.scbtmr.org.
Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)
The society works toward its mission of saving lives by encouraging education and providing quality information to patients, doctors, and breast imaging organizations.
The SBI's new Breast MRI Case-Based Review and Advanced Breast Imaging courses will be held Jan. 26-27, 2013, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Attendees will come away with a certificate that they have reviewed 100 breast MR cases and earn up to 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
The society recently collaborated with the ACR on a breast density brochure (available at http://bit.ly/BreastDensityBrochure) to educate patients about screening options. The two organizations also came together to represent radiology on the board of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Find out more at http://sbi-online.org.
International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology (IS3R)
The nonpolitical, not-for-profit organization aims to define and investigate strategic, scientific, and economic issues of global importance to radiology. The society brings together stakeholders from Europe, the United States, and Asia who advance medical imaging in academia and industry and provides them with a forum to communicate, plan strategically, and influence future developments in the field.
The 2013 Biennial International Symposium will be held in Beijing. The proceedings of the symposium will be submitted for publication in a major imaging journal. Find out more at www.is3r.org.
By Lyndsee Cordes