March 12, 2020

SAR 2020 Annual Meeting Spotlights Body Imaging at Its Best

The 2020 Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) annual meeting, March 1–6 in Wailea, Hawaii, featured many American College of Radiology® (ACR®) initiatives that are helping advance body imaging practices.

Plenary, breakout sessions and workshops offered over 960 attendee opportunities to hear cutting-edge clinical lectures and engage in hands-on training sessions. The meeting featured new and emerging technologies in the imaging and diagnosis of abdominal and pelvic pathology, problem solving for common issues in abdominal and pelvic imaging, and small group workshop presentations allowing registrants to individualize the educational content.

Attendees participated in sessions covering LI-RADS®, CT colonography, prostate MRI, rectal cancer MRI and leadership and business topics. All hands-on workshops featured state-of-the-art lectures, case reviews, discussions and expert-guided demonstrations for optimal learning.

As an added attraction, SAR held its first-ever “SAR Tank Competition” (a rendition of the hit TV show Shark Tank). Contestants explored “novice ideas” covering the expedited and improved detection of thromboembolism on CT, building an artificial intelligence (AI) use case for determining the location and Likelihood of Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer using multi-parametric and an AI TI-RADS classifier and automated recommendations for thyroid nodules. The AI Challenge received over 50 submissions encompassing 30 institutions and 4 countries. This challenge has generated tremendous discussion, education and excitement around AI for all abdominal imaging. See the winners and submitted proposals.

SAR Tank competition for prostate MRI

The ACR’s presence was evident during key faculty-led workshops and discussions covering ACR resources.

In observance of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month, attendees of the CT Colonography Workshop were encouraged to add their facility to the free My CT Colonography Center Locator to help patients and referring physicians find nearby CTC imaging services and help CTC practices grow.

Participants of the Rectal Cancer Staging Hands-On Workshop were asked to take advantage of the ACR’s Rectal Cancer Staging Training Module (for special pricing for SAR members, call 800-227-5463, ext. 4040).

“What’s New in PI-RADS® v2.1” and “MACRA 2020: What Radiologists Need to Know” were also areas of focus.

Society of Abdominal Radiology brochures on a table

Led by SAR Past President Judy Yee, MD, FACR, the ACR Colon Cancer Committee again appeared at the annual SAR meeting to discuss objectives and action items. They included:

  • Update on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force expected draft recommendations for colorectal cancer screening,
  • Colon Cancer Awareness Month activities and communication plans,
  • Investigation of ways to increase access to CTC,
  • Ideas for developing a new CTC educational module,
  • Development of a business proforma for hospital administrators and physicians to justify and foster support for CTC,
  • CTC registry update,
  • CT Colonography Reporting and Data System updates, and
  • Partnerships with the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer, Bracco Diagnostics and the Colon Cancer Foundation.

Society of Abdominal Radiology committee lunch group

Social media played a pivotal role in engaging annual meeting attendees. ACR and SAR members are encouraged to track conversations on Twitter using the hashtag #SAR20. The next SAR meeting will be held March 21–26, 2021, in Hollywood, FL.