An enhanced AR experience

By Stuart E. Mirvis, MD, FACR, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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 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 month.

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An enhanced AR experience.  Appl Radiol. 

February 28, 2012

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