My first time attending RSNA—aka the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting—was in 2005. I was a fresh-faced recent college graduate and out of my league to say the least. (For those unfamiliar with Chicago’s McCormick Place, picture an exhibition hall on steroids!)

I like to think of myself as a bit more prepared for RSNA these days, but I’ll admit that the conference still excites—and slightly overwhelms—me 12 years later. There’s just so much to see; everywhere you turn, a new vendor is showcasing another state-of-the-art imaging device. It can feel a bit like sensory overload.

Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Chief Editor

Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Chief Editor

Fortunately for you, we’ve broken down some of the top technologies to be on the lookout for in our RSNA Product Preview. This month’s cover story, “An Inside Look at Medical Imaging” further drums up excitement for RSNA 2017 and features interviews with three major OEMs, as well as an MRI researcher and an imaging equipment engineer.

The latter interviewee, Eskenazi Health’s Matthew Dimino, encourages his fellow HTM professionals to stay on the pulse of imaging technologies—since, he says, “we can turn wrenches all day, but if we don’t understand what a clinician is saying” when they describe a problem, it can be exceedingly difficult to find a solution. After all, Dimino maintains, “If a brand new MRI comes in the door, you want to be able to work on it when you can, and that requires some basic education.”

It’s a scenario that will only grow likelier in the future as the diagnostic imaging sector is projected to witness exponential growth in the next few years. In fact, market researchers are forecasting the global medical imaging market to surge to $55.7 billion by 2025—an increase largely attributable to government investments in portable diagnostic devices, as well as the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases.

To stay on the pulse of this growth, MEDQOR—24×7 Magazine’s parent company—is bringing back its dedicated imaging brand, Axis Imaging (formerly known as Imaging Economics.) Starting in 2018, will feature cutting-edge content to help radiology and imaging IT professionals make informed business decisions.

No doubt RSNA 2017 will give Axis Imaging plenty of fodder for editorial. Even if you maintain all types of equipment—not just imaging systems—we encourage you to sign up for Axis Imaging and check out this 30-year-old brand. And if you’re fortunate enough to attend RSNA, please make sure to stop by booth #6016 to say hello to me and my wonderful publisher, Sharon Farley.