Author: Girish Fatterpekar

Girish Fatterpekar • NYU School of Medicine

AJNR Case of the Month

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce the introduction of the AJNR Case of the Month as an additional feature to the already established AJNR Case of the Week and Classic Image. In fact, the first case will go live in the first week of November.

Objective of COM: Build the case every week over a period of 4 weeks. For example, the first week could have non-contrast CT images; the second week, contrast-enhanced CT images; the third week, conventional MR images; and the fourth week, advanced MR images. Also, at this point in time (fourth week), the diagnosis will be provided with a succinct discussion. In addition, an expert in the field will discuss the findings, which will be provided as an audio clip. It is our hope that such a format will be engaging and thought-provoking, stimulate learning, and fun.


Case of the Week

I would like to thank Dr Castillo for providing me the opportunity to be the section editor for the AJNR Case-of-the-Week (COW). It has been about 4 months since I assumed this responsibility and, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues from all over the world toward their contribution to the COW.

It has been about 2 – 3 years since COW was introduced by Dr Castillo. It has grown to be a tremendously popular site (sometimes receiving up to 10,000 views per month). With the hope of adding to the educational content of COW, Dr. Castillo and I have been thinking of introducing some changes to this popular site. These changes include:

1. Consider COW submissions from other faculty members (in addition to the Fellows). This would include submissions from residents (only when supported with an attending), and a junior attending (up to 3 years in practice).

2. Include Figure Legends.

3. Include 2 to 3 key diagnostic features in the discussion.

4. Include a list of relevant differential diagnosis. A discussion of the differential diagnosis will not be required.

5. Include all cases presented during that particular year as part of an electronic scientific exhibit for ASNR. In fact, such an electronic scientific exhibit was already presented at the recently concluded ASNR 2010 conference, where cases submitted during the year 2009 were compiled as an electronic scientific exhibit. This compilation is performed by me and Jason Gantenberg, Editorial/Web Assistant, AJNR and does not require any additional input from the contributing authors.

I do hope that the above mentioned changes will only add to the diagnostic armamentarium of us neuroradiologists. Do expect to see these changes taking effect from mid July/early August.

For those who are new to the submission process:

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