The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) announces that its 106th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, previously scheduled to be held from November 29-December 4, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, will be held as an all-virtual event from November 29-December 5.

“As RSNA holds the world’s largest radiology meeting with over 50,000 attendees from 137 countries, our ability to conduct RSNA 2020 in Chicago is impacted by global public health considerations,” says RSNA President James P. Borgstede, MD. “With a mission that focuses on health and patient care, the primary consideration for RSNA is the health and safety of attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, and by extension, the global community. Therefore, we concluded it would be impossible to safely conduct RSNA 2020 in person and have decided to hold RSNA 2020: Human Insight/Visionary Medicine as an exclusively virtual event.”

RSNA will be enhancing its virtual meeting to offer a rewarding experience for attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. With more than 11,000 scientific and educational abstract submissions, the radiology community is looking to RSNA as its anchor for learning and sharing science and education this year, despite the pandemic, association officials say.

“We proudly recognize that our attendees rely on the RSNA annual meeting as a source for the latest research, premier professional education and cutting-edge radiologic innovation,” Borgstede says. “Connecting medical imaging professionals from around the world is more important than ever during this time, and RSNA is doing this in the best and safest way possible.”

The RSNA 2020 Virtual Meeting will ensure the opportunity for participation for all of those who have been impacted by institutional, corporate, or national travel restrictions. “Fortunately, RSNA 2020 is still several months away, which will allow us the opportunity to prepare a robust virtual experience for our attendees and exhibitors,” says RSNA Executive Director Mark G. Watson.

Since the inception of the RSNA annual meeting more than a century ago, the society has canceled the physical meeting only twice before—in 1943 and in 1945—due to transportation and gasoline supply issues during and immediately following World War II. Registration for RSNA 2020 opens July 22nd and will be free to members. 

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