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Tuesday, June 21, 2016  
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Jeremy Wolfe


OPPORTUNITY TO CONDUCT MEDICAL IMAGE PERCEPTION RESEARCH At the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Investigators conducting research on medical image perception know that it can be difficult to attract radiologists or other experts to participate as experimental observers. In an effort to address this issue, with RSNA support the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) is creating an open “lab” in the Learning Center of the RSNA annual meeting in Chicago, November 27 - December 2, 2016. The goal is to create a venue where researchers can test radiologists and others on relatively brief experiments (~30 minutes maximum). The annual RSNA meeting provides an unparalleled pool of potential participants: attendance is upwards of 50,000, including ~25,000 professionals in some aspect of radiology. We are inviting applications for investigators to participate in this venture. APPLICATION: DEADLINE: AUG 1, 2016 – DECISIONS BY SEPT. 15 Facilities: There will be four small, darkened testing areas. Each will be equipped with a desk, two chairs, two 47-inch monitors (Samsung LN-T4665F, color with VGA and HDMI, 1920 x 1080 pixels), power, and internet access. There will be a registration/waiting area. RSNA will provide some help in recruiting observers and with general publicity. In addition, registration fees for the meeting will be waived for participating researchers. Individual researchers will need to provide any equipment other than monitors (e.g., computers, eye-trackers). They will also need to provide personnel to carry out the experiment. Finally, investigators will be responsible for providing incentives for their participants, if applicable (e.g., entering them in a lottery to win an iPad). Application: To apply for time and space: 1) Provide contact information for the PI and for any researcher who you plan to send to the meeting. Include their position (postdoc, research assistant, etc.) office address, cell phone contact, and email. 2) Please provide 1-2 pages of prose (exclusive of figures and references) including: a) Abstract briefly describing the project. b) Significance statement describing why this is worth doing. c) Brief Background and Methods. d) Statement of your requirements: We will allocate time in four, two-hour slots from 9-5 each day of the meeting. i) How many participants do you hope to test? ii) How much time do you need with each participant? Keep in mind that your observers will probably be willing to give you no more than 30 min of time for an experiment. iii) Based on your answers to (i) and (ii), how many blocks do you request? iv) What are the desired qualifications for your observers (e.g., level of experience)? If your project is accepted we will need: 1) A brief paragraph explaining what the participants can expect to do in the study (e.g., reading N chest x-rays) and the potential benefit to the participants. What might they learn? 2) A statement about how you plan to reward participants if applicable (e.g., lottery for an iPad, box of chocolate). 3) A description of recruitment strategies you will use. We will collaborate with RSNA for general publicity but if individual projects have ideas about how to bring in participants this can help all of us. 4) Proof of IRB approval from your institution. Coordinating Committee Decisions about the allocation of time and space will be made by a coordinating committee consisting of: Jeremy Wolfe (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Med) – Chair Elizabeth Krupinski (Emory) Miguel Eckstein (UC Santa Barbara) Maryellen Giger (U. Chicago) Satoshi Minoshima (U. Utah) Todd Horowitz (NIH/NCI) Questions can be directed to Jeremy Wolfe ( or Todd Horowitz (

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