AUR 2021 Recap

The 2021 Association of University Radiologists (AUR) annual meeting was held virtually from May 3rd – May 6th. The AUR annual meeting is an opportunity for people to share ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration with colleagues. The meeting held a variety of lectures, discussions, and poster events, all available on-demand for registrants until July 31st, 2021.

There were numerous UW faculty, staff, and students that participated in the meeting. We are proud to have the UW Department of Radiology well represented at these national conferences. Read below to learn more about UW participation in this esteemed event.


Patricia Krueger, BS; Andrew Ross, MD, MPH; Soterios Gyftopoulos, MD; and Sarah Daggett, BS co-authored Adherence to the STARD 2015 Reporting Guidelines for Studies of Diagnostic Accuracy in Musculoskeletal Radiology. The purpose of this study was to measure the adherence of diagnostic accuracy studies in musculoskeletal imaging with the Standards for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (STARD) 2015 statement. Overall adherence of studies of diagnostic accuracy in musculoskeletal imaging to the STARD 2015 reporting guidelines is good, comparing favorably to other specialties. Steps for improvement include targeting radiologist education to low-adherence items and assessing journal editorial policies to improve the quality of reporting. Co-authors Patricia Krueger and Sarah Daggett are medical students who were both mentored by Dr. Ross during the 2020 Radiology Shapiro Summer Research Program (detailed in the poster below).

Andrew Ross, MD, MPHKatie Yang, MSJP Yu, MD, PhD; Jason Stephenson, MD; and Tabby Kennedy, MD presented a poster titled A Remote Radiology Summer Research Mentoring Program for Medical Students. The purpose of this work was to examine the preservation of the benefits of early medical student summer radiology research through an innovative supplementary research mentoring program to increase engagement for remote learners during COVID-19. They concluded that providing additional virtual mentoring and resources to medical students completing remote summer research is perceived as helpful towards overall development; however, it does not necessarily increase student interest in pursuing Radiology.

Andrew Ross, MD, MPHLindsay Stratchko, DOJoseph Tang, MD; and Allison Grayev, MD co-authored the presentation titled Imaging Diagnosis and Radiology Directed Management of Pseudomeningoceles. Pseudomeningoceles are commonly encountered in radiology practice, and it is critical that radiologists can recognize this entity and suggest appropriate steps in diagnosis and management. This educational presentation provided a case-based review of pseudomeningoceles,  including epidemiologic data and classification schema, clinical presentation and common iatrogenic etiologies, typical imaging features across multiple modalities, rare but important imaging variants, differential diagnosis and imaging features differentiating pseudomeningoceles from other fluid collections near the spine, radiology-directed diagnostic steps, and considerations for treatment.

Katie Yang, MS, and Jason Stephenson, MD presented Radiology Discrepancy Reporting – Developing a System Useful for Patient Care and Education. Discrepancy rates between radiology resident preliminary on-call reports and final attending reports vary in the literature. While there are many potential causes of this discrepancy, the overall effect is ambiguity in reporting of the true prevalence or reporting