March 20, 2018
Your ASNR News & Updates
In this issue, you will find:

  • Meeting News: Advance Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching!
  • Applications Open: Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program
  • 2018 March AJNR Podcasts
  • Foundation of the ASNR: Don't Miss Your Chance to be Featured on the Donor Wall!
  • 2018 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award Now Taking Applications
  • Thank You to Our February 2018 Foundation Donors
  • Watch for E-mails Regarding 3D Rendering and CT Spine Imaging Codes
  • Specialty/Regional Society 2018 Annual Meetings
ASNR Updates
Meeting Updates
quickly approaching!

Highlights of The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium 2018 and the ASNR 56 th Annual Meeting:

  • The Special Session with keynote speaker, Mr. Andy DeLaO, discussing shaping the future of healthcare. He will also highlight the changing world of radiology inside of healthcare – presenting an opportunity for radiologists to transition as technology evolves.
  • Informative updates will be provided on general Neuroradiology and showcase specialty programming from the ASFNR, ASHNR, ASPNR, ASSR, and SNIS.
The American Society of Neuroradiology and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) are co-sponsoring an interactive training program in comparative effectiveness research (CER) targeted to junior faculty and senior trainees in the imaging sciences.

The program will begin in July 2018 and continue over the course of a year, consisting of:

  •  Introductory online education modules
  •  A 1.5-day, in-person workshop at RSNA headquarters (October 45, 2018)
  • Web-based didactic lectures
  • Web-based small-group grant proposal review discussions

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018. Limited spaces available

To see what the eligibility acceptance criteria are, please click here. For instructions and the application form, go to If you have questions, please contact RSNA Staff at or 630-368-3742.
AJNR March Podcasts
In the current environment of increasing volume and declining compensation, how can radiologists justify adding more (time-consuming) procedures? This month on the AJNR Podcast, Dr. Wende Gibbs is joined by Dr. Amish Doshi from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, who discusses the benefits and challenges of building a spine intervention practice.
Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Ross takes listeners on an audio tour of his March AJNR Blog Annotated Bibliography.

Download this podcast below, or follow along with Dr. Ross on the AJNR Blog .
Foundation News
May 1, 2018: Contribution Deadline for the
ASNR 56 th Annual Meeting Donor Wall Acknowledgement
As a valued supporter of the Foundation of the ASNR, your donation should be recognized on the Donor Wall with other respected contributors. If you have not yet had the opportunity, please make your donation by Tuesday, May 1st.

Your contributions are critical in demonstrating the value of neuroimaging through research and education.

Make donations and view our online donor wall at
2018 Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award
Award Cycle Now Open!
In 2012, the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology (Foundation), American College of Radiology (ACR), and American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) established an award to provide leadership opportunities for women in Neuroradiology. Since neuroradiologists must be leaders in the field, this award is for mid-career women with demonstrated experience and promise for leadership in Neuroradiology. The objectives are to provide the award recipient with additional skills and insights to enhance opportunities for advancement.

Applications for the Women in Neuroradiology Leadership will be accepted until April 16, 2018; late applications will not be accepted.  

For more information about this award click here for the Prospectus.
Thank You to the Foundation of the ASNR's February Donors
Thank you to those who contributed in February. Join your colleagues and donate now! First-time donors will be matched 2-to-1 by the ASNR and Foundation boards!
  • Bradley Buchbinder
  • Richard Falter
  • Thu-Anh Hoang
  • Sarah Ifthikharuddin
  • Amy Kotsenas
  • JoAnne Lacey
  • Rene Manzo
  • Daniel Nguyen
  • Andrew Sundblad
  • Murugusundaram Veeramani
HPC Corner
Hardik Valand BS, MS-IV, American University of Integrative Sciences. 
Raymond K Tu MD MS FACR, Progressive Radiology, United Medical Center, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.
“Social Determinants of Health (SDH)” are little known to neuroradiologists. SDH are recognized as key influences to healthcare. The American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) annual meeting will be the first national radiology meeting where SDH will be defined, discussed and appear in any major body of radiology literature. SDH is a key factor in the discrepancy between healthcare spending and outcome. The World Health Organization ( WHO) defines SDH as conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. 1   Health plans, independent of how funded, must measure and adjust for SDH-factors as paid maternity leave, childhood development, access and cost to education, income and its distribution, social exclusion, ethnic heterogeneity, immigration, firearm and drug-related deaths. Inevitably social determinants of healthcare create risk and influence all areas of medicine.  

WHO defines human rights to health as “the individuals’ rights to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services , sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.” 2 The United States (US) is the only major developed country that does not provide all citizens universal healthcare coverage. 3  With the ASNR Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, it is fitting that a critical comparison between the Canadian and US systems will be discussed at several sessions. The US-Canadian border, the longest international border in the word between 2 countries, extends 5,425 miles of which 1,538 is shared with Alaska. (The US- Mexican border is 1,922 miles). 4 Despite our shared border, heritage, culture, language, and name of our respective currency, health delivery systems are different. Canada has a two-tier publicly-funded universal healthcare, whereas the US has multiple complex systems as a State and Federal subsidized system (Medicaid), prepaid system (Medicare), and employer-sponsored private insurance. Differing access and utilization profiles of MR (Magnetic Resonance) and CT (Computed Tomography) services between Canada and the US are striking. The insured in the U.S. system enjoy timely care and easy access to services such as MRI and CT; not so for the 28.2 million uninsured US citizens . 5 Canadians on the other hand have universal access to less expensive care, but prolonged wait times for procedures and imaging. Which is superior? If longevity is your ruler, Canadians live longer. Differences between the US and Canada may be explained by Social Determinants of Health and the demand on health resources between our 2 countries. Stay tuned for more at the ASNR Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 
Economics - Survey
As a reminder, please help your ASNR RUC team by participating in RUC Surveys! We currently need survey responses regarding CT Spine imaging codes. Please participate at your earliest convenience if you have received a survey! As you may know, the Medicare payment schedule is based on physician work, practice expense and professional liability insurance. Our society needs your help to assure relative values will be accurately and fairly presented to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

In order for the ASNR to make recommendations to the RUC on physician work, and to ensure appropriate payment for the CPT codes, we will need to obtain as many surveys as possible. Therefore, we ask for your help in the survey process since over 90% of the RUC recommendations for physician work RVUs have been accepted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their fee schedule, which then may be used by other payers as well. Please complete a survey if you receive one from us! If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rahul Bhala, Director of Economics, Health Policy, and Research at
Specialty/Regional Society 2018 Annual Meetings
Mark your calendar now for the following 2018 Annual Meetings:
ENRS 30 th Annual Meeting
August 23-26 at the Fairmont Southampton in Hamilton, Bermuda. For more information, and/or to register, click here. The deadline to submit abstracts is June 4.

ASHNR 52 nd Annual Meeting
September 26-30 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa in Savannah, Georgia. For more information, and/or to register, click here. The deadline to submit abstracts is May 10.

WNRS 50 th Annual Meeting
October 11-14 at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California. Information will soon be posted on the society’s website.

ASFNR 12 th Annual Meeting
October 15-17 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California, On October 14 there will be an optional Hands-on BOLD fMRI Workshop. Information will soon be posted on the society’s website.

SENRS 42 nd Annual Meeting
October 18-20 at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Information will soon be posted on the society’s website.

Do you like to plan your travels in advance? Keep up-to-date with all ASNR and all ASNR specialty and regional society meetings here.
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