Meeting Report: RSNA 2020


RSNA 2020The 106th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) was a highly scaled-back virtual meeting that took place November 29 through December 5, 2020.

The conference, which is designed for interventional radiologists, diagnostic radiologists, researchers, and allied professionals, included two continuing education sessions and seven poster presentations featuring focused ultrasound.

The focused ultrasound poster presentations covered Parkinson’s, pancreatic cancer, bone and soft tissue tumors, and women’s health applications. The continuing education presentations were:

  • “MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Brain Applications” by J. Levi Chazen, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, which was part of a four-part continuing education session titled “What’s in the Pipeline for Neuroradiology?”
  • “Some Prospects on the CEUS Future” by J. Brian Fowlkes, PhD, Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, which was part of a four-part continuing education session titled “Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound: How, Why, When?”

“The brain applications overview was particularly helpful to educate the radiologic community on the current status of clinical focused ultrasound to treat various neurologic disorders,” said Suzanne LeBlang, MD, the Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships. “And Dr. Fowlkes’s forward-looking talk about the many types and uses of combining microbubbles with focused ultrasound was incredible.”

Dr. Chazen’s presentation was noted among the top neuroimaging innovations in Aunt Minnie’s coverage of the conference.

Below is a list of the focused ultrasound poster presentations categorized by indication. Because the virtual presentations are only available to meeting registrants, please contact Dr. LeBlang if you would like to see any of these presentations.

Focused Ultrasound Posters

Pancreatic Cancer
VI-1A-08 Focused Ultrasound–Triggered Release of Gemcitabine from Liposomes Induces Cell Death in Pancreatic Cancer Cells In Vitro (Medical College of Wisconsin and Northwestern University)

Parkinson’s Disease
NR152-ED-X The Role of MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound as a Symptomatic Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease: Behind and Beyond (Shin-yurigaoka General Hospital, Tokyo Metropolitan Neurological Hospital, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, and Juntendo University)

MK195-ED-X Interventional Musculoskeletal Oncology for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors: Principles, Techniques, and Innovations (King’s College London, London Deanery, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, and New York University Grossman School of Medicine)

Uterine Fibroids and Adenomyosis
PH-1A-57 Investigation of the Potential Effects of Pre-existing Bubbles on the Efficacy of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment of Uterine Fibroids (Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Alpinion Medical Systems)

VI-1A-04 Increased Non-Perfused Volume and Treatment Efficiency after Carbetocin Administration during MR-HIFU Uterine Fibroid Therapy (Isala Hospital)

VI145-ED-X Complications of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Adenomyosis and Uterine Fibroids (Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine)

VI146-ED-X Clinical Factors Related to Technical Success of Magnetic Resonance–Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment of Uterine Fibroids (Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine)