Response: Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on “Is advanced neuroimaging for neuroradiologists?” by S. Cocozza and the content of “Neuroradiology” by Lars Arnim Rödiger

The Original Article was published on 01 February 2017

Dear Dr. Rödiger,

Thank you for your comments on the bibliometric analysis which has shown that over the last decade, professionals other than radiologists conducted the majority of studies in the field of advanced neuroimaging [1]. I appreciate your insight as a clinically active diagnostic neuroradiologist with some experience in neuroimaging research. I also understand your frustration at being involved as “junior partner” by non-medical scientists in such research and by the growing numbers of publications on advanced neuroimaging and neurointerventions that you feel are not relevant to your daily practice.

Imaging of the brain and its functions is of high interest for basic science neuroscientists as well as for clinical neuroradiologists. In an ideal environment, both specialists work closely in tandem and help each other understand the brain’s functions and its disorders. Neuroradiology publishes articles supporting a better understanding of central nervous system physiology and pathophysiology. It is natural that the impact of seminal basic science articles such as “Computerized transverse axial scanning (tomography),” written by a physicist [2], or “MR imaging of intravoxel incoherent motions: application to diffusion and perfusion in neurologic disorders,” written by a clinician and physicist [3], may not be immediately obvious to all readers. Neuroradiology will attempt to further help its readers by maintaining an overview of the entire field of neurosciences with special emphasis on patient care.

I would respectfully disagree, however, that articles on neurointerventions should not be published in Neuroradiology. The different indications and techniques have a direct therapeutic impact and effect on clinical practice of non-interventional neuroradiologists. Neuroradiologists should know, for example, how best to diagnose patients with acute cerebral ischemia or follow up on patients with coiled aneurysms.

As a busy clinical neuroradiologist, I know that you do not have time to study all articles published in each issue. However, following your suggestions, we will endeavor to guide readers like you better by publishing more state-of-the art clinical articles. These will cover all sections our journal currently provides, including diagnostic and interventional.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger von Kummer

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von Kummer, R. Response: Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on “Is advanced neuroimaging for neuroradiologists?” by S. Cocozza and the content of “Neuroradiology” by Lars Arnim Rödiger. Neuroradiology 59, 103 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00234-017-1800-8

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Keywords

  • Bibliometric Analysis
  • Neurologic Disorder
  • Transverse Axial
  • Therapeutic Impact
  • Axial Scanning