SPR unknown case contest: submission guideline

Thank you for your interest in the SPR unknown case contest.


Unknown case submission guidelines:

  • Please review the unknown case contest website, both to get a flavor of the kinds of cases/write-ups we accept, and also to ensure that your diagnosis has not already been published.

  • Our audience is varied, however it typically consists of pediatric radiologists, and usually SPR members (in-training, as well as those in-practice). Therefore, the case should both challenge the audience, but be “get-able”. Ultra-rare entities or minutia of a common entity are not suitable for the contest.

  • There is no limit to the number of cases you can submit, nor to the number of cases you can have accepted/published.

  • There is no copyright/ownership claim by the SPR of your case; the SPR assumes you have rights to the material and that the authors have submitted it to the SPR in good faith.

  • Typically there are 1 or 2 authors per case; on occasion we accept cases with 3 authors max. We ask that only authors who have meaningfully contributed to the case be listed.

  • Brevity is valued.

  • Ultimately the decision to accept, accept with suggested revisions, or reject a submitted case is up to the SPR unknown case contest editors.


Click here to submit a case.


The online submission form walks you through the various sections of each case. Please refer to the submission site for details.


The most important section concerns PHI/HIPAA-compliance and image file naming.

  • All case images/movies must be completely HIPAA-compliant, regardless of modality.

  • Secondly, naming the image files must be done with numbers only (e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc.). Do not put anything other than numbers in the file names. Examples of how not to name your files: Ewings1, CDH3, Discoid5, MRIeasyanswer13, CTofBuzz’sBrainTumor7, etc.



Thank you,


Peter “Buzz” Marcovici, MD, SPR Assistant Web Editor - Unknown Case  

Ben Taragin, MD, SPR Web Editor

Amy Mehollin-Ray, MD, SPR Assistant Web Editor



03/25/2016