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Conference coverage builds year-round picture of radiology

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The radiology calendar year may revolve around the annual RSNA meeting, but news coverage for Diagnostic Imaging feeds in part from the steady stream of specialty meetings that occur during the other 51 weeks of the year. By the end of 2005, Diagnostic Imaging editors will have attended more than 20 specialty and regional conferences and kept tabs on a dozen more.

The radiology calendar year may revolve around the annual RSNA meeting, but news coverage for Diagnostic Imaging feeds in part from the steady stream of specialty meetings that occur during the other 51 weeks of the year. By the end of 2005, Diagnostic Imaging editors will have attended more than 20 specialty and regional conferences and kept tabs on a dozen more.

Niche societies such as the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, which is featured in a conference reporter section in this issue, are growing in prominence and influence as the complexities of radiology demand subspecialty expertise.

Whereas cardiac MR reigned as the noninvasive modality of choice two years ago, this year's 900 or so conference attendees evaluated sequences and techniques with an eye toward how they complement rapidly emerging CT applications and with questions about who will perform the imaging procedures.

At each meeting we cover, Diagnostic Imaging editors seek to accomplish the same goal: to bring our readers breaking news but put it in the perspective of modern practice issues, whether political, economic, or purely clinical. At diagnosticimaging.com, you can find same-day coverage of conferences' top stories. Shortly thereafter, expect to find deeper analysis and greater detail in the pages of Diagnostic Imaging itself.

May finds us sending editors to meetings of the Inter-national Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the American Roentgen Ray Society, among others, and preparing for five meetings in June. If you can't attend all of them, look to us to find out what you may have missed.

Jane Lowers is Special Projects Editor of Diagnostic Imaging

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