Welcome to the Stat Read blog's coverage of RSNA 2010! It's a crisp, sunny morning here in Chicago, and the conference is already buzzing with crowds of attendees. This morning's opening session, hosted by RSNA president Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD, set the tone for the show with a discussion of the potential of personalized medicine to revolutionize care. In today's Daily Bulletin, Hricak noted that "our profession now finds itself in a pivotal position" to guide the future of oncologic treatment through molecular imaging. Hricak called for a new breed of physician with training in nuclear medicine, diagnostic imaging, chemistry and biology, a physician able to synthesize advances across these fields to employ integrated diagnostics. "The pace at which medicine is transformed will be guided not only by the pace of discovery, but also by the pace at which we educate new physicians, ourselves and our coworkers," she said. "You may ask if we should all switch, train and retrain in molecular imaging. Not at all. The expertise of radiologists needs to fit their practice environment."
Later this afternoon I'll be attending a session on patient-centered radiology, with coverage here to follow shortly after. In the meantime, check out the official RSNA schedule and let me know in the comments if there's anything you'd like to see covered here!