The ARS Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that improve the health of communities our members served and investing in the future of radiology.
Radiopaedia: The ARS Foundation made their second donation to Radiopaedia.org in 2020. Radiopaedia.org is one of the leading online radiology medical resources used across the globe. In 2020, they served over 33.9 million individuals (a 24.3 million, +39%) increase from 2019. Our 2020 donation assisted the development of stack optimization and DICOM uploading. These technical capacities allow easy upload of more teaching cases that will be available for free to all visitors including low and middle income countries.
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) – Research & Education Foundation: The ARS Foundation has donated to the RSNA R&E Foundation through the Visionaries in Practice (VIP) Giving Program since 2013. Through this program patient care is improved through support of grant researchers and educators who will advance radiologic research, education and practice.
Emory University Center for Ethics / Michigan State University: A grant was provided to Emory University Center of Ethics for the second time in 2020. Dr. John Banja’s research focuses on the underappreciated critical issues for radiologist learning about artificial intelligence and radiology. Dr. Banja launched an AI in radiology podcast in the 4th quarter of 2020. Podcasts include topics such as selling data, bias, and interface with the public sector, medical malpractice, and executive leadership perspectives on AI. Podcasts will be published on a monthly basis throughout 2021. Multiple articles on this topic were published, monthly AI journal club meetings in collaboration with MSU, and national public speaking engagements on AI in radiology are occurring.
Michigan State University Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering: In 2020, the ARS Foundation provided donations to MSU for research lead by Adam Alessio, PhD and Sai Ravishankar, PhD. Funds for Dr. Alessio’s research are being used to investigate the use of deep learning to help decrease interpretation error for spinal fracture detection and characterization. This research is being used to engage and support team participation in AI challenge competitions sponsored by RSNA and other organizations. Educational learning modules related to AI in diagnostic medicine have been created., including in-person educational sessions.
Funds for Dr. Ravishankar support the development of robust machine learning methods for accelerating MRI scan and image reconstruction times
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute through the American College of Radiology (ACR) Foundation: The ARS Foundation has donated to the ACR Foundation to support the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute since 2015. In 2016, we added a Match Challenge that provided the ACR an incredible incentive for radiologists and radiology organizations across the US to make an investment in the future of radiology. This program tripled the impact of our gift. One of our physicians, Dr. Andy Moriarity is now serving on the Health Policy Institute Advisory Board.
Association of University Radiologists (AUR): The ARS Foundation donated to the AUR Research and Education Foundation/RAHSR Imaging Policy Research Grant. The purpose of the grant is to promote health services research translationally focused on advancing imaging health policy initiatives. We funded an open call for proposals for policy-oriented health services research by the Association for University Radiologists Alliance for Health Services Research. The winning research paper was titled, Identifying Drivers of Adoption of Advanced Imaging for Cancer Screening: A Multi-Level, Nationally Representative Analysis.
Association of University Radiologists
Michigan State University – Daniel Shumaker, MD Memorial Endowed Scholarship: The endowment was established in 2018 to honor the life, leadership and friendship of a colleague, and his advocacy for the profession of radiology and the patients Dr. Shumaker served across the state of Michigan. The award recognizes the multifaceted complexity of the human experience, and acknowledges that substantial contributions live beyond a life prematurely ended by addiction and mental illness. The endowment seeks to encourage talented young physicians to innovate and impact society through engaged careers in radiology, behavioral medicine and/or neuroscience.
ARS Foundation President
Thomas Archambeau, MD