The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has announced that its annual meeting 2020, the world’s largest radiology event, will be held online due to the ongoing COIVD-19 pandemic.
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“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,” the RSNA statement said. The RSNA 2020 Virtual Meeting will be held completely online on 29 November – 5 December.
Since the first RSNA meeting more than a century ago, there have been only two cancellations, in 1943 and 1945, both due to transportation and gasoline supply issues during and immediately following World War II.
This year’s Virtual Meeting, which has already received over 11,000 scientific and educational abstract submissions, still promises “to deliver an outstanding programme” for radiology professionals from around the world. “We are enhancing our already successful virtual meeting to offer a rewarding experience for attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. … [T]he radiology community is looking to RSNA as its anchor for learning and sharing science and education this year, despite the pandemic,” said the statement from RSNA President James P. Borgstede.
Registration for RSNA 2020 opens on 22 July and will be free to members.