Jan. 20, 2005 Executive Committee
Present: Dr. Edward Melian, Dr. Abraham Dachman, Dr.
Carl Kalbhen, Dr. Nandita Guha-Thakurta, Dr. Jay Korach, Dr. Margaret
Stull, Dr. John Hibbeln, Dr. Ellen Mendelson, Dr. Edward Michals, Dr.
Davide Bova, Dr. Kate Feinstein, Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Dr. Aruna Vade, Dr.
Kathleen Ward and Mr. Merle Hedland.
The meeting was called to order at 4:40 PM at The 500 Club of Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Luke’s Medical Center.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the November 17, 2004 meeting were approved.
RESIDENT SECTION REPORT:
Dr. Guha-Thakurta stated that tonight’s Resident Section will be
given by Dr. David Casalino of Northwestern University who will speak
on “Body Imaging”. This session will be sponsored by Bracco
Diagnostics for $500, and Bracco will be acknowledged during the dinner
for their generous contribution.
The possibility of increasing the Featured Speaker honorarium above the
current $500 level was suggested. Members of the Executive Committee will
take informal surveys on honoraria being received by their colleagues
for speaking at similar functions, and this topic will be readdressed
at the next Executive Committee meeting.
PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Dachman gave the list of speakers for tonight’s Breakout Sessions.
Dr. David Turner of Rush University will be the Featured Speaker for tonight’s
Scientific Session. As occurred in October, the February CRS Meeting will
feature five Breakout Sessions, and the Radiation Oncology Session will
be held in the Board Room. Dr. Dachman has begun work on the speaker schedule
for the 2005-2006 CRS season. Drs. Emanual Kanal and N. Reed Dunnick have
agreed to be Featured Speakers. Dr. Kanal will speak on “MRI Safety”.
The exact topic of Dr. Dunnick’s lecture has yet to be confirmed
but will be on some aspect of genitourinary imaging.
ILLINOIS RADIOLOGY SOCIETY REPORT:
Dr. Mintzer communicated through Mr. Hedland and Dr. Melian a desire to
hold an Illinois Radiological Society Meeting and Educational Symposium
in March 2006. It was thought that this could coincide with the regularly
scheduled March 2006 CRS meeting. This timing would allow a joint IRS/CRS/CIRS
meeting to take place prior to the May 2006 ACR meeting. A suggested format
would allow the March CRS meeting and dinner to go on as usual, with other
lectures and the paper presentations for the Steven M. Pinsky Resident
Research Award taking place earlier in the day. The IRS Executive Committee
meeting could then be held the following morning. CME will be offered
for this meeting, including for the CRS portion. Details and logistics
will need to be worked out, and this will be discussed further with Dr.
Mintzer prior to the next CRS Executive Committee meeting.
GOLF OUTING REPORT:
The Golf Outing has officially been cancelled for 2005. A notice will
be mailed to the CRS membership and also posted on the CRS website. Dr.
Karna will be contacted to see if any of the vendors who have generously
supported the Golf Outing in the past would be willing to sponsor the
CRS in other ways.
The Financial Report for November 1 – December 31, 2004 was reviewed.
Income and expense items were as expected.
Potential changes to the CRS website were discussed, including giving
sponsors banner ads on the home page. It was suggested that a yearly fee
of $5000 may be appropriate for such a presence on the website. Potential
sponsors will be contacted to assess level of interest.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:
The Nominating Committee will be chaired by Dr. Racenstein and will give
the Executive Committee a recommended slate of officers for 2005-2006
as soon as possible.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD COMMITTEE:
Dr. Ward will chair this committee, and a candidate for this year’s
award will be recommended prior to the February Executive Committee meeting.
Offering CME at CRS meetings is feasible and could be granted by the Chicago
Medical Society. As CME is planned for the March 2006 combined IRS/CRS
meeting, interest will be assessed by level of attendance at that meeting.
If CRS attendance is significantly higher for this March 2006 meeting,
then CME could become routinely offered at CRS meetings beginning with
the 2006-2007 season. This will have effects on meeting sponsorship which
will need to be addressed.
Dr. Mendelson reported that Blue Cross/Blue Shield is denying reimbursement
for breast MRI when ordered for staging purposes (eg, to look for multifocal
and/or multicentric disease in patients with recently-diagnosed carcinoma).
She would like to convene an ad hoc committee to go to BC/BS with these
concerns. It was suggested that this committee should probably include
a breast surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist as well
as radiologists with expertise in breast MRI. Drs. Mendelson and Racenstein
will investigate this further.
Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:50 PM.
Carl Kalbhen, MD
Dinner was served to 70 people. Following dinner, a moment of silence
was held for Dr. Glen Dobben, a prominent Chicago area neuroradiologist
and CRS member who recently passed away. After a short business meeting,
Dr. John Hibbeln introduced Dr. David Turner who gave a talk entitled,
“Bone Marrow Edema Pattern in MRI: Spectrum of Causes”.