The Radiological Society of North America announced that it attracted a record 62,501 total attendees at its 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, held in November at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Generating nearly $128 million in revenue for Chicago, the annual RSNA gathering is the world’s largest international medical meeting, with more than 2,300 scientific paper and poster presentations, nearly 1,500 educational exhibits and over 535,000 square feet of technical exhibit space.

Several categories saw a surge in attendance, particularly from professional and international registrants. A favorable exchange rate and enhanced educational offerings may have been the reason for international attendance increasing by 7 percent in 2007, totaling 8,792.

"The increase in professional registrants was primarily from outside North America. The currency exchange rate and a modest increase of available hotel rooms are plausible reasons for the favorable increment," said Steve Drew, RSNA assistant executive director for Scientific Assembly and Informatics.

RSNA Highlights 2008, an educational conference featuring selected courses and electronic education exhibits from the 2007 RSNA annual meeting, will be held from Feb.18 to Feb. 20 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Fla.