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Exclusive Q&A with Dr. Richard Ehman, President of RSNA

par Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | November 17, 2017
From the November 2017 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The theme of the annual meeting this year is “Explore. Invent. Transform.” In my President’s address at the opening session, I will be focusing on recognizing and capitalizing on some of the unique strengths that have characterized progress in our field. Ever since Rontgen’s singular invention, the major advances in radiology have often been the product of multidisciplinary science, were based on new inventions and technology, rapidly translated to clinical care, and have had high impact in health care. Resources devoted to research and innovation in medical imaging have had an extraordinarily high return on investment that deserves more recognition.

I will also highlight some of the key opportunities for future innovation in radiology, especially the growing recognition that we must reinvent our practice around the concept of value. And in pursuing this goal, we should not forget to harness the unique multidisciplinary union of biomedical and physical sciences that created our groundbreaking imaging capabilities in the first place.

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HCB News: What has been your most memorable experience with the society?
RE: Several moments stand out, including the first time I made a scientific presentation at the annual meeting of the RSNA. Another wonderful memory from my early career as an aspiring investigator was the day in 1988 that I learned that my application for a Scholar grant from the RSNA Research and Education Foundation had been successful. That was a truly pivotal factor in going on to develop an NIH-funded research program. And certainly now, nearly 30 years later, the opportunity to serve and represent the RSNA as president has been an extraordinary experience.

HCB News: What items top RSNA members’ wish list?
RE: We know that RSNA members around the world want easy access to educational opportunities on their own schedule. And for that reason, the RSNA is continuing to add to the wealth of online education material that is available free of charge to RSNA members. We are also expanding the number of sessions at the annual meeting that are available for viewing in real time online through our Virtual Meeting program, and expanding the length of time after the meeting when these sessions are available for online viewing in recorded streaming format. The RSNA investments in these initiatives will serve our members and remain relevant for years to come.

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