RSNA preview: New session covers advancements made in Japan

November 25, 2008

The RSNA will underscore the unique achievements of Japanese imaging researchers in “Japan Presents,” a presentation of seven scientific papers focusing on diagnostic radiology. On Monday, Dec. 1, each paper will be introduced with the Japanese spin on ideas and concepts.

The RSNA will underscore the unique achievements of Japanese imaging researchers in "Japan Presents," a presentation of seven scientific papers focusing on diagnostic radiology. On Monday, Dec. 1, each paper will be introduced with the Japanese spin on ideas and concepts.

"Professor [Kuni] Ohtomo and I chose the most up-to-date studies in CT technology and MRI in Japan," said session moderator Dr. Kazuro Sugimura, a professor of radiology at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Kansai.

The seven papers will cover development of area-detector CT, diffusion-weighted whole-body imaging with background body signal suppression, noncontrast MR angiography, 3T diffusion tensor tractography of the brain, oxygen-enhanced MRI, T2 mapping of the liver before and after superparamagnetic iron oxide administration, and a new aspect of uterine imaging beyond fast spin-echo images. A panel discussion will also take place.

The presentation by Dr. Kazuhiro Katada on the development of area-detector CT and the presentation by Dr. Taro Takahara on diffusion-weighted whole-body imaging with background body signal suppression are sure to garner the most attention of all the Japanese sessions, according to Sugimura.

"RSNA attendees had many opportunities to listen to scientific presentations from Japan before, but there was no single opportunity to comprehensively present the advances made in radiology in Japan," Sugimura said.

This is a chance for an international exchange to take place that involves a deeper understanding of radiology in Japan, Sugimura said.

"I expect this presentation will stimulate the intellectual curiosity of the attendees at RSNA this year," Sugimura said.

"Japan Presents" follows the same format as last year's "Italy Presents."