The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting will take place between April 29 and May 4 this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The ARRS is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States. Though not as large as the annual RSNA meeting, as a resident, it is still possible to become overwhelmed. You need a plan of attack. ARRS has summarized its specialty tracks, categorical course: Pitfalls in Clinical Imaging, Case-Based Imaging Review Course, and resident track on its website. Plan what you want to see ahead of time so that you aren’t wandering the halls, wasting valuable time.
Here are some highlights I think residents and fellows would find interesting if you want to learn more about cardiopulmonary imaging.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
10:00 am–12:00 noon Categorical Course: Pitfalls in Clinical Imaging
Lung Nodules: Why Do We Still Miss Them?—C. White
Pitfalls in Aortic Injuries—S. Bhalla
Pearls and Pitfalls of Chest Radiography—A. Sharma
Pulmonary CT Angiography: Why We Overcall and Undercall Pulmonary Emboli—C. Chiles
MONDAY, APRIL 30
7:00 am–8:00 am Power Hour: Chest Imaging—S. Bhalla
8:00 am–9:30 am IC101. Radiographic and CT Imaging of Pulmonary Infections—S. Digumarthy, L. Ketai, H.P. McAdams
1:00 pm–2:30 pm IC108. Thoracic CTA: Acute Vascular Conditions and Their Sequelae—S. Bhalla, C. Chiles, B. Sundaram, J. Christensen
TUESDAY, MAY 1
8:00 am–9:30 am IC201. HRCT Imaging of the Lungs: Anatomy, Basic Patterns and Case Interpretation—G. Abbott, J. Lichtenberger, M. Gosselin
10:30 am–12:00 noon IC205. (SAM) Smoking-Related, Cystic and Airway Diseases—A. Bankier, C. Meyer, J. Kanne, B. Elicker
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
1:00 pm–3:30 pm Review Course: Chest Imaging
THURSDAY, MAY 3
10:30 am–12:00 noon IC405.
Cardiac CTA: Cardiac Anatomy—S. Patel
Anomalies, Bypass Grafts and Stents—G. Reddy
Clinical Cases: Tips and Tricks—S. Teague
3:30 pm–6:00 pm Review Course: Cardiovascular Imaging
FRIDAY, MAY 4
7:00 am–8:00 am Power Hour: Cardiac Imaging—S. Abbara
8:00 am–9:30 am IC501.
Cardiac CTA and MR: Assessment of Noncoronary Cardiac Disease—G. Gladish
Adult Congenital Heart Disease—L. Haramati
Chest Pain in the Emergency Department—J. Jeudy
10:30 am–12:00 noon IC505.
(SAM) Cardiac MRI: The Basics—M. Atalay
Cardiomyopathies and Dysplasias—J. Jeudy
Ischemic Heart Disease Perfusion, Function, Viability—L. Heyneman
Part of going to a conference is enjoying the host city. I love Vancouver and frequently visited the city while I was a resident in Seattle. Some of my personal favorites in Vancouver include:
1. Stanley Park: The 3rd largest park in North America and one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful collision of the Pacific Ocean and an ancient rainforest. Whatever outdoor activity you want to do, Stanley Park has it. You could spend weeks exploring all that this park has to offer.
2. Grouse Mountain: Great views of the city await you after you complete your hour-long hike straight up the mountain (affectionately known as the “Grouse Grind” by locals). If you are not feeling up to it, you can take a leisurely gondola ride up to the top. Bring a jacket; it’s about 4,000 feet to the top of the mountain, so it’ll be chillier up there than at sea level by about 10-15 degrees.
3. Capilano Suspension Bridge: A beautiful suspension bridge in North Vancouver, surprisingly easy to get to via public transportation. Enjoy being surrounded by nature and the breath-taking views. Definitely worth an afternoon trip. I am dating myself here, but I remember this bridge from the The Invisible Killer episode of MacGyver. Fighting evil with science, how cool is that?