December 03, 2019

RO Corner: A Guide to Radiation Oncology at RSNA

by Anna Laucis, MD, MPhil, radiation oncology resident at the University of Michigan and ACR RFS RO Representative

DEC2019 RO Corner

The 105th annual RSNA conference has just finished. What a whirlwind of exciting sessions, talks, panels, and networking. #RSNA19 was held from December 1–6, 2019 in the Windy City. This year’s theme was “See Possibilities Together.” The conference was conducted at McCormick Place, which is one of the only centers large enough to host the more than 50,000 attendees. It always amazes me how many people are willing to go to a cold Midwest destination like Chicago right after Thanksgiving (myself included!). What brings us all together is our shared enthusiasm for the latest and greatest in radiologic advancements.

In addition to the myriad of imaging-focused abstracts, displays, and exhibits, there were a surprising number of RO-specific panels and events at RSNA. There were numerous RO-specific poster discussions with RadOnc moderators. There was also a BOOST series of interactive sessions focused on the nitty-gritty of radiation treatment planning for various tumor sites. It was wonderful to see a number of additional talks focused on the intersection of radiology and RO related to novel imaging used for tumor targeting, response assessment, machine learning approaches, and integration with immunotherapy. The full list of RO-specific topics can be found at meeting.rsna.org/program/index.cfm (using the subspecialty filter “Radiation Oncology”).

One of the coolest aspects of a huge meeting like RSNA is that there are nearly endless possibilities for sessions to go to at any given time. While it can be overwhelming at first, one of the advantages for radiation oncologists and trainees is the chance to explore topics related to our field but outside the box. There are sessions ranging from AI to professionalism and health policy in addition to all the body site-specific talks. Topics such as burnout, global health, and quality and safety are important for the whole radiology and RO community to consider carefully. Working together in these areas in particular is vital so that we can problem-solve together to come up with potential solutions that will benefit the entire community. It is great that conferences such as RSNA can uniquely bring together our fields to highlight the perspectives that each of our subspecialties bring to these and other issues.

In summary, there were plentiful opportunities for radiation oncologists and trainees to check out at RSNA, whether specifically related to RO or an area of concern to both the radiology and RO communities. Join us in Chicago next year to learn more! There is also a virtual meeting option for those who were unable to join in person or who would like to see sessions that they missed.  The full list of RO-specific topics can be found at meeting.rsna.org/virtual/program/ (using the subspecialty filter "Radiation Oncology").