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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Most Influential JTI Symposia of the Last Decade


As part of our ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Journal, we asked Editors Emeriti Charlie White and Jeff Klein to name the 4 most influential JTI symposia published during their tenures as editor.


In the order of publication date, the 4 most influential symposia are:


1. Cardiac Imaging:  Bill Stanford, Guest Editor; 2000-2001


2. Pulmonary Functional Imaging: David Levin, Guest Editor; 2004


3. CT-PET: Thoracic Oncologic Imaging: Reggie Munden, Guest Editor; 2006


4. Cardiac CT: Joe Schoepf, Guest Editor; 2007


We are publishing these symposia as new collections on the JTI website in order to reintroduce these influential articles and to make them more readily accessible to new and returning readers. Each collection will be accompanied by a brief synopsis of its importance by the JTI editor along with reflective commentary by the guest editor.


The first symposium devoted to Cardiac Imaging is being published with this blog entry and can be accessed by clicking on the "Collections" tab on the JTI homepage. The others will be published in the coming months.


Following is commentary by Editor Emeritus Jeff Klein regarding the Cardiac Imaging symposium and a message to the JTI readers by Guest Editor Bill Stanford:


Cardiac Imaging Symposium, Parts I and II, 2000-2001:


Commentary by Jeff Klein, Editor Emeritus, JTI:


This two-part symposium, which spanned 2000-2001, was developed by Bill Stanford and heralded the importance of cardiac imaging as an important tool for thoracic radiologists.  While the symposium was developed several years before MDCT emerged as an important noninvasive method of imaging the coronary arteries, the articles in this symposium, one of the first to review the use of CT and MR in the evaluation of cardiac disease, highlighted the anatomic and functional evaluation of heart disease that has become a mainstay of modern cardiac practice.


A Message to JTI Readers from Bill Stanford:

To have this symposium on cardiac imaging selected as one of the most influential symposia in the last decade is indeed an honor not only for me but to all my colleagues who contributed to the issue.

In 2000-2001, thoracic radiologists were entering an era where cardiac imaging was starting to be recognized as an area with great potential, but little did we realize what was to come and where cardiac imaging would be 10 years later.  The tremendous advances in technology along with our increased understanding of heart disease has made these years an exciting time. 

Our original objective was to provide thoracic radiologists with an update on state of the art imaging in cardiovascular disease.  To do this, I enlisted the aid of 13 of my colleagues who were leaders in the field.  They and their associates  all responded enthusiastically and their efforts resulted in a comprehensive symposium covering plain
film, conventional CT, electron beam CT and MR imaging of cardiovascular anatomy and function both in adults and children.  We also included a special "carve out" section on coronary artery imaging.

When asked as to which article I felt to be the most influential over time, I could not come up with an answer.  Each of the articles alluded to potentials in imaging and, as we have experienced, these advances have occurred but at a much greater magnitude than any of us could have realized.

Today, we are entering another era in cardiac imaging.  New technologies in CT and MR have the potential of imaging the heart with even greater clarity and within a single heartbeat.  Molecular technology is in its infancy and its future is tremendously exciting.  The opportunities are there for thoracic radiologists, and we need to grasp these opportunities and run with them. 


Yes, the excitement is continuing!