It's hard to believe 2011 is almost upon us. But before the ball drops on December 31, there is business to be done, and for the radiology community, this means yet another Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and National Meeting is here! The single largest medical conference in the world, the 2010 RSNA will bring over 60,000 people, more than 700 vendors, and thousands of new clinical abstracts and studies to Chicago in the week following Thanksgiving. It is the premier venue for the imaging industry and one of the most exciting times of the year for radiologists, technologists, administrators, and vendors to showcase the latest in imaging technology innovation and scientific progress. The annual RSNA meeting is a lens into the major technological and clinical innovations which will alter the way hospitals and other providers plan for new imaging technologies for many years to come.
2010 RSNA Preview
In response to a recent member request pertaining to guidelines and consent considerations for radiation exposure of pregnant patients, we compiled a summary of resources to help guide thinking in this area. There are numerous studies discussing the effects of radiation on fetal maturation, many of which suggest that the low levels of radiation inherent in most radiographic procedures pose little threat to the developing fetus (<5 rad). Concern over radiation exposure only begins to become apparent once exposure reaches >5 rad, where rates of cancer risk or disease increase slightly. The ACR and CDC compare dose with stage in fetal development to provide further insight into possible effects of radiation at certain stages of maturation.
Pregnancy and Radiation Dose Considerations
CMS published the final rule for the 2011 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System on November 2, 2010. The key points in the HOPPS final rule are summarized below:
Overview of the 2011 HOPPS Final Rule