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RSNA 2013 Focuses on Radiologists Partnerships

By Theresa Herman
Posted on 21 Jan 2014
The recent Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA; Oak Brook, IL, USA) 99th scientific assembly and annual meeting (RSNA 2013) highlighted the best in radiologic research and education and provided the world’s largest technical exhibit floor for medical imaging.

RSNA 2013, held in Chicago’s (IL, USA) McCormick Place December 1-6, 2013, emphasized RSNA’s focus on improving patient care through radiology education and research. “The RSNA annual meeting remains the world’s premier scientific and educational forum in radiology,” said RSNA executive director, Mark Watson. “RSNA 2013 was extremely successful. Professional and exhibitor attendance figures exceeded our expectations, and we had more than 100 first-time exhibitors.”

Professional attendees, throughout the meeting, could choose from 1,839 scientific presentations, 238 refresher courses, 89 multisession courses, 38 series courses, 45 informatics courses, 2,223 education exhibits, and 936 scientific posters, as well as many special lectures. Technical exhibits at RSNA 2013 packed two buildings of Chicago’s McCormick Place, including 104 first-time exhibitors. “We are always looking to optimize the meeting experience for our attendees,” Mr. Watson said. “RSNA 2013 offered approximately 5,000 scientific presentations, posters and education exhibits, a vast array of technical exhibits, a new meeting website and application (app), and an expanded virtual meeting.”

RSNA 2013 official registration figures reported total attendance at 54,008, including 26,569 professional attendees, 21,312 exhibitors, and 6,127 attendees classified as “guest” or “other.” Thirty-seven percent of professional attendees were from outside North America. Professional and exhibitor attendance numbers were on par with earlier years. RSNA introduced CreditEval, the new online continuing education credit and evaluation system. Participation in the new system was very strong. Furthermore, attendee involvement in Cases of the Day increased substantially.

The economic impact to the city of Chicago is estimated to exceed USD 135 million. The RSNA 2013 Virtual Meeting drew more than 5,700 attendees from 103 countries and provides access to nearly 50 scientific and education courses and sessions.

RSNA 2014, RSNA’s 100th scientific assembly and annual meeting, will take place November 30–December 5, 2014, in Chicago (IL, USA). “RSNA is preparing to observe its centennial anniversary with a celebration that will kick off during RSNA 2014 and culminate at the conclusion of RSNA 2015,” Mr. Watson concluded.

RSNA is an association of more than 53,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and related scientists, promoting excellence in patient care and healthcare delivery through education, research, and technologic innovation.

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