IS3R Global Scan
The IS3R Global Scan features articles on initiatives addressing strategic issues in the field of radiology and carried out by the major radiological societies among the IS3R’s member organizations.
The American College of Radiology Data Science Institute™ is collaborating with a variety of stakeholders throughout healthcare on the development and implementation of artificial intelligence applications that will help radiology professionals improve patient care.
With our panels of specialty experts, we have developed and published 140 freely available use cases for AI development in our Define-AI Directory. Our use cases provide guidance on clinical context as well as some of the key technical specifications that algorithm developers need in order to help the radiological community address the problems most amenable to AI solutions. Anyone can submit an AI use case idea through the portal. From there, the ideas are considered by panels of subspecialty experts who determine which will be developed into viable use cases. As part of its efforts, the DSI works to partner with other societies to democratize data science development. In addition, The Journal of the American College of Radiology recently added data science as an area of focus and released a special issue on quality and data science.
To accelerate the education and understanding of AI, the ACR launched ACR AI-LAB™. AI-LAB offers radiologists tools designed to help them learn the basics of AI and create, evaluate, and optimize models for their own investigational use. This platform is not limited to ACR members.
We are also working closely with the FDA on tools to validate algorithm readiness (Certify-AI) and monitor performance while in production (Assess-AI) in order to ensure safe and effective use in the United States as well as streamline the FDA review process. Learn more here or contact us about becoming involved.
Well-Being and Burnout
Stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue. As radiologists, we face these all-too-familiar symptoms at a distressingly high frequency. What does it amount to? A growing and dangerous challenge faced by physicians everywhere—burnout. According to the 2019 Medscape Radiology Lifestyle Report, almost half of radiologists surveyed admitted to symptoms of burnout. It has become abundantly clear we must work together to combat this issue.
To meet this need, we’ve created the American College of Radiology (ACR) Radiologist Well-Being Program for all ACR members:
- The proven and trusted Well-Being Index (WBI) survey tool, created by the Mayo Clinic to help physicians anonymously self-evaluate their level of well-being
- A toolkit of radiologist-specific articles and resources on critical well-being topics such as work-life balance, health behavior, emotional concerns, relationships and more, all accessible within the WBI
- A well-being curriculum with educational wellness resources appropriate for residents, medical students and career physicians
- A well-being curriculum for program directors and coordinators to use in their radiology residency programs, aligned with ACMGE well-being requirements
Children in Focus
At ECR 2020, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), in cooperation with the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR), will be organising ‘Children in Focus’. This unique programme follows last year’s highly popular ‘Women in Focus’ programme and will explore a variety of healthcare and social issues affecting children and adolescents. The programme was envisaged by ESR President Prof. Boris Brkljačić (HR) and has been developed by Dr. Lil-Sofie Ording Müller (NO) and Dr. Catherine Owens (UK).
The vision behind ‘Children in Focus’, and the ‘In Focus’ project more generally, is to expand the engaging and relevant non-scientific offerings for attendees of ECR. With an emphasis on interactivity with the audience, the ‘In Focus’ programme also aims to stimulate discussion on those areas of healthcare that often go undiscussed during a medical professional’s daily practice, but are nonetheless of great importance in the wider context of healthcare delivery.
In developing the programme, the organisers selected topics that are relevant to a wide range of medical professionals and not just paediatric radiologists. For this reason, ‘Children in Focus’ centres less on scientific developments in paediatric medicine and more on issues that relate to children’s health issues on a broader, global scale. Such issues include examining universal policy and development goals for children’s health, exploring the challenges of using imaging in cases of child abuse, and discussing strongly debated contemporary issues such as consent, data use, and the moral and medicolegal dilemmas we face when treating children. For a detailed overview of the programme and speakers, click here.
Alongside the ‘Children in Focus’ sessions, ECR 2020 will also see an array of additional initiatives centred around children. These include collaboration with local children’s hospitals, the publication of a children’s book about radiology, and the organisation of an ECR Grand Finale with child speakers.
Because artificial intelligence (AI) is destined to improve the value radiologists bring to patients, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is committed to the rational development and deployment of AI algorithms into radiology practice. The Society offers a wide array of initiatives that provide the knowledge, training, community, and tools necessary to enable medical imaging professionals to integrate AI into their practice safely and ethically.
To support AI education, RSNA’s annual meeting offers more than 200 AI-related courses, education exhibits, scientific sessions, and hands-on workshops. The meeting offers a breadth of learning opportunities that range from scientific sessions highlighting foundational and complex research, to refresher courses featuring introductory and practical applications of AI. RSNA’s AI Showcase provides a forum for AI industry, laboratories, implementers, users, and future users, to deepen their knowledge and experience the future of AI in radiology firsthand.
RSNA drives innovation in AI through its popular annual AI Challenges, designed to engage the data science community and to spur the creation of AI tools for radiology. These data challenges also empower the radiology community to develop datasets useful for training AI systems that perform clinically relevant tasks. The 2019 AI Challenge focused on detection and classification of intracranial hemorrhage on head CT. More than 1200 teams competed to accurately detect and classify hemorrhage on over 25,000 head CTs labeled by 60 expert neuroradiologists from the American Society of Neuroradiology. The winners were recognized in the AI Showcase Theater during the Annual Meeting.
The RSNA R&E Foundation’s competitive grant program also is instrumental to developing new AI insights, providing nearly $500,000 for AI research and education in 2019 alone, with plans to award $500,000 to support AI Education projects in 2020.
Most recently, RSNA launched an online AI Community that provides a central forum for idea exchange, networking, Q&A, and collaboration throughout the year. The new AI Community is open to all who are interested in learning about and discussing exciting AI innovations in medical imaging. Beyond education, research, innovation, and networking, the Society leads and supports the development of the standards and tools necessary to integrate AI into clinical practice.
RSNA is proud to continue its strong support for AI research and education, while building the workforce, technology, and standards that accelerate AI innovation in radiology.
For more information about RSNA’s AI initiatives, visit www.rsna.org.
Optical Surgical Navigation: An Interest Group to help drive Standardization, Collaboration, and Regulatory Approvals
Optical imaging methods have significant potential as effective intraoperative tools to visualize biochemical events in cells and tissues. Optical imaging can provide real-time assessment of tumor margins, guiding the surgeon to adequately resect the tumor while sparing critical tissues. To achieve acceptance and utilization, several barriers in the field will need to be addressed such as standardization, further development of instruments and dyes as well as regulatory approvals. To begin to address this, the World Molecular Imaging Society created the Optical Surgical Navigation (OSN) interest group bringing together Radiologists, Scientists, Engineers, and Surgeons. The OSN interest group is committed to holding annual workshops that promote collaboration, discussion and active dialog with regulatory agencies. It is the goal of WMIS through the OSN interest group to facilitate those involved in the development of optical imaging to come together on a global scale to identify priorities. Our forum has the unique opportunity to set these global standards and work with the relevant organizations and authorities to implement them. https://www.wmis.org/wmis-interest-groups-main/osnig-main/
ABOUT WORLD MOLECULAR IMAGING SOCIETY
The WMIS is dedicated to developing and promoting translational research through multimodality molecular imaging. The education and abstract-driven WMIC is the annual meeting of the WMIS and provides a unique setting for scientists and clinicians with very diverse backgrounds to interact, present, and follow cutting-edge advances in the rapidly expanding field of molecular imaging that impacts nearly every biomedical discipline. Industry exhibits at the congress included corporations who have created the latest advances in preclinical and clinical imaging approaches and equipment, providing a complete molecular imaging educational technology showcase. For more information: www.wmis.org