Summary: During its more than 40-year history, the main goal of Applied Radiology
has been to provide reviews of broad subjects in diagnostic imaging,
written by recognized experts and designed to assist our readers in
maintaining their diagnostic skills. In each issue, 2 or 3 clinical
review articles are accompanied by cases of the month, a variety of
editorial content, and occasionally articles focused on timely subjects
pertinent to our readers. There are also summaries describing current
and anticipated imaging developments in “Technology Trends.” The
objective of this publication has always been to offer content that is
practical, useful, quickly assimilated, and enjoyed by our readers.
Dr. Mirvis is the Editor-in-Chief of this journal and a Professor of
Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging Department, University of Maryland School
of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
Over time, the world of publishing has profoundly changed with the
rise and popularity of digital, web-based content. Many journals have
opted to switch to a completely digital format and lay their print
editions to rest given the cost efficiency, content expansion,
interconnectivity, permanence, and searchability of cyber-publications.
Of course, we appreciate the advantages of the electronic journal, but
we also recognize that many readers still enjoy the hands-on feel and
portability of the printed publication.
In addition to this extra February issue, our bonus August issue
of Applied Radiology will also be published as a digital-only edition.
Readers who choose to receive AR in the digital format will receive an
e-mail with a link to the latest issues. We urge you to update your
subscription to Applied Radiology to include a subscription to our
digital issue at www.appliedradiology.com/subscribe to be sure you don’t
miss these bonus digital-only issues.
What is unique to Applied Radiology’s digital issues is the
enhanced user experience. With exclusive interactive content, our
digital issues enable readers to link to additional information and
resources while flipping through the pages; readers can view embedded
video and link directly to the current blogs. A live web-based
DICOM-viewer allows users to scroll through featured image content that
authors have provided. The DICOM viewer will provide many of the tools
commonly used on PACS workstations, thus allowing you to manipulate the
images adding to the value and utility of the data as compared to a
single (stand alone) printed image. With a new set of interactive tools
at your fingertips, this digital platform will enhance the depth of
information available to you.
Our digital issues will also allow us to expand our readership
while providing more content than can typically be included in the print
journal. In 2012, AR will add a new series called Applied Radiation
Oncology, which will cover topics suggested by our Editorial Advisory
Board. Three upcoming issues will describe the interfaces that exist
between diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, emphasizing optimal
patient care using a multidisciplinary approach. Steven J. Feigenberg,
MD, an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of
Maryland, will author the articles and cases, starting with “Integration
of modern imaging into the multidisciplinary setting: The radiation
oncology perspective” next month. In the future, we will publish other
articles discussing the integration of diagnostic imaging with other
specialties in managing specific types of pathology.
Additionally, a new focused section called “Enterprise Imaging,”
written by Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, Vice President of Information
Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will appear
in 6 issues this year. In his popular ongoing monthly column “Wet Read,”
C. Douglas Phillips, MD, Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell
Medical College, will continue his free-wheeling commentary reflecting
decades of aberrant experiences in Radiology, and in “Open Mouth View,”
David L. Weiss, MD, Physician Coordinator of Imaging Informatics,
Carilion Clinic and Associate Professor of Radiology, Virginia Tech
Carilion School of Medicine, will continue to deliver important tips and
strategies to radiologists in private practice.
We hope that these upcoming offerings and new capabilities will
enhance your Applied Radiology experience in print and online each