The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) is the only medical society in North America that approaches the field of ultrasound solely from the perspective of the radiologist. The Fellows of the society are leaders in the field who promote the advancement and involvement of radiologists in ultrasound. Your membership in the SRU enables the society to continue to work towards the development of the science, practice and teaching of the specialty of ultrasound in radiology in order to ensure the professional fulfillment of radiologists performing ultrasound. These experts are available to lend you their support and encouragement. As an SRU member, you receive the following:
The SRU publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Ultrasound Quarterly, which includes review articles by leading experts, as well as popular features such as "What’s your Diagnosis?” The society also issues a quarterly newsletter that includes a president’s letter, annual meeting highlights, committee reports and a column entitled "Ask the Expert" in which experts provide answers to technical, clinical, political or socioeconomic questions affecting the clinical practice of ultrasound.
The SRU sponsors an annual meeting and post-graduate educational course which is generally held during the month of October, alternating between the east coast, midwest and west coast. The meeting typically consists of a plenary session, panel discussions and focused lectures that cover a wide variety of topics including abdominal, obstetric, gynecologic, vascular, pediatric, interventional and superficial ultrasound, elastography and use of ultrasound contrast. The gala reception is a major event, featuring live scanning and demonstration of the latest ultrasound technologies. Members attend the annual meeting at a substantial discount.
The SRU has sponsored a number of consensus conferences on important topics including: postmenopausal bleeding, carotid stenosis, adnexal cysts, first trimester assessment of pregnancy, and thyroid nodule evaluation. The reports of these conferences are routinely published in major journals such as Radiology, The Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Ultrasound Quarterly.
The SRU is developing an electronic forum to enhance the ultrasound practice of its members. In this forum, the community will be able to discuss a variety of topics including new and/or interesting concepts, best practices, “how I do it”, optimal resources, and other facets of ultrasound practice, research, education, and teaching. In addition, the SRU has a Facebook presence with a weekly interesting case to engage members.
Each year, the SRU recognizes an outstanding researcher as the recipient of the Larry Mack Award, with additional awards presented for outstanding service to the SRU and trainee research. Beginning in 2017, an award will also be presented to an outstanding young investigator.
The recently-updated web site includes information related to membership, publications, activities, awards and applications for membership, as well as links to other radiology- and ultrasound-related web sites.
Our new on-line library includes plenary lectures from the annual meeting. Webinars will be added in the near-future. Please stay tuned for our upcoming webinar on ultrasound contrast, by Dr. Richard Barr, in preparation for February 2017. When possible, SA-CME will be available with these offerings.
General members who spend a substantial amount of time in ultrasound and have made substantial contributions to the specialty can be nominated for fellowship in the society. Fellows interact closely at a one-day meeting prior to the annual meeting.
LIASON AND NETWORKING
The SRU has liaisons to the ACR Commission on Ultrasound, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, ICAVL, and other societies. Networking and frequent communication is encouraged between the SRU leadership and these organizations. The SRU also has a vast network of corporate associates and there is frequent communication between the membership and ultrasound corporations, specifically at designated focus sessions held during the annual meeting.
FUTURE OF ULTRASOUND INTEREST GROUP
The SRU has a “Future of Ultrasound” interest group for radiologists early in their career to meet others with similar interests and promote inter-institutional research and teaching opportunities.
PROMOTING ULTRASOUND IN RADIOLOGY
Ultrasound offers several unique advantages for the practicing radiologist, including noninvasive real-time scanning, portability, instant multiplanar imaging, and a lack of ionizing radiation. In order for the specialty of radiology to maintain its leadership in clinical ultrasound imaging, ultrasound must be taught to radiologists-in-training and promoted within radiology departments. No group is better suited to ensuring the future of ultrasound in Radiology than the SRU.