Six Highlights from UCSF Radiology at RSNA21!

After Thanksgiving each year, the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging looks forward to the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) Annual Meeting. This year’s event was a hybrid event (virtual and in person) with attendees returning to Chicago after a year away due to COVID-19. Faculty, post-doctoral scholars, trainees and research staff were all involved in a full schedule of lectures, courses, scientific sessions, on-demand presentations, panels, education exhibits and more. It was a great event, and we’d like to share a few highlights.

1. UCSF Radiology residents shine at RSNA21

The department is proud of our radiology residents who had a strong presence at this year’s annual meeting. Steven Wahlig, MD, Maggie Chung, MD, Ethan Speir, MD, Adam Yen, MD, Samantha Pisani Petrucci, MD PhD and Madhavi Duvvuri, MD, MPhil presented educational and scientific exhibits showcasing collaborative, innovative research being done in the department.   

A group of UCSF Radiology Residents and Fellows at RSNA

2. Outstanding Educational and Scientific Exhibits from UCSF Radiology – including award winners

A man and a woman seated at a table presenting for a conference

There were so many outstanding educational and scientific exhibits shown on-demand throughout the meeting. The department is proud of the following teams for their work, earning Cum Laude, and Magnum Cum Laude recognition:

In addition, the following teams earned a Certificate of Merit for their work:

3. The Imaging Artificial Intelligence in Practice (IAIP) demonstration

This year’s meeting featured a large artificial intelligence (AI) showcase, including an AI in Practice demonstration to highlight how AI is already impacting patient care, to show how AI will change the way radiologists will work and explore what is needed to deploy and maintain AI effectively. Madhavi Duvvuri, MD, MPhil, interventional radiology resident and Michael Weintraub, MD, and Sina Houshmand, clinical fellows, all participated in this demonstration throughout the meeting. “This is the most important work in radiology AI right now -- addressing how we move beyond papers and proofs of concept to production deployment of useful AI in imaging centers, hospitals and reading rooms,” said John Mongan, MD, PhD, associate chair for translational informatics at UCSF Radiology.  

A group standing around a display listening to a demonstration at a conference

4. A much-anticipated and talked-about presentation on “Patient Image Access Through Electronic Health Record (EHR) Patient Portals: A Multi-institutional Experience”

Transparency in medicine is an important topic. The 21st Century Cures Act included a provision ensuring patients immediate access to clinical information, including radiology reports. Some experts thought this would confusion patients and increase demand on physicians. Hailey Choi, MD and colleagues from UCSF Radiology, the Mayo Clinic, and Duke Medicine set out to assess how often patients actually view their images and how this affects radiologists. “These results highlight that our patients are tech-savvy, active and informed consumers of healthcare,” said Dr. Choi who presented the results of their study at RSNA21. "We believe our work provides valuable insight and highlights some need for future workflow modifications and patient-directed tools.” The presentation received positive feedback by attendees and was showcased in RSNA Weekly, Aunt Minnie and Health Imaging.

5. The opportunity to re-connect with UCSF Radiology alumni and friends

A return to in-person events brought socially distanced reunions of UCSF Radiology current and former faculty and trainees in Chicago. It’s always great to see familiar faces, even partially covered by masks!

Two women wearing masks posted in front of a sign at a conference

6. Engagement on social media

A large event like the RSNA Annual Meeting brings a lot of conversation, both in-person and online. We enjoy the chatter, camaraderie and collegial support shown on Twitter. Thank you to all who followed along, tagged us and shared content with at @UCSFimaging, @UCSF_ci2 and #UCSFRSNA.

Overall, it was a great annual meeting, and we’re looking forward to RSNA22!  


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