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RSNA 2021

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) recently announced highlights of the Technical Exhibition planned for RSNA’s 107th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (RSNA 2021), to be held at McCormick Place Chicago, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2021.

“Over 500 companies have committed to exhibit at RSNA 2021 in Chicago,” said John P. Jaworski, C.E.M., RSNA director of meetings and exhibition services. “These companies are excited about returning to Chicago to safely meet face to face with their customers and provide a positive experience for RSNA attendees.”

Imaging Technologies

RSNA 2021: Redefining Radiology will showcase new ideas and technologies that redefine what it means to work as a radiologist. With an abundance of science presentations and posters, education courses and exhibits, a live technical exhibition covering 336,400 square feet across two exhibit halls and a robust virtual exhibition, the meeting promises to deliver an outstanding program of research, education and cutting-edge technology for medical imaging professionals from around the world.

As the world’s largest medical imaging conference, RSNA 2021 provides the ultimate show floor for demonstrating the latest medical imaging technologies in CT, MRI, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and more. Currently, there are 510 confirmed exhibitors for RSNA 2021, including 71 first-time exhibitors.

The technical exhibition will feature the expansive AI Showcase and Theater, as well as the 3D Printing and Mixed Reality Showcase, the First-time Exhibitor Pavilion, Educators Row and Recruiters Row.

Located in the South Hall, the RSNA AI Showcase, sponsored by AIRS Medical, annalise.ai and neurophet, features more than 100 companies covering nearly 34,000 square feet. Within the AI Showcase each day between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., the theater will offer presentations on AI solutions that are helping to shape the future of imaging. Forty-two industry AI presentations are scheduled for the week. From 4 to 5 p.m., sessions will highlight RSNA AI initiatives, including the RSNA Imaging AI Certificate program, the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC) and AI Challenges. This year’s AI Challenge award winners will be recognized in the AI Showcase Theater on Monday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.

Also in the South Hall, the Imaging AI in Practice Demonstration will showcase new AI technologies and standards to allow radiology practices to integrate AI into their workflow. A collaborative effort among industry partners and radiology and informatics professionals, the exhibit features 22 vendors demonstrating 35 individual applications. Using clinical scenarios and medical images to show AI tools and health information technology standards in action, the demonstration will follow the radiology workflow from imaging examination ordering through reporting and follow-up.

The 3D Printing and Mixed Reality Showcase in the North Hall will feature the latest products in 3D printing, advanced visualization, holography and virtual reality. Presentations and hands-on activities will spotlight the critical role that radiology plays in these exciting technologies.

Attendees interested in deepening their understanding of AI applications can visit the RSNA AI Deep Learning Lab, located in the Lakeside Center. The lab will offer 14 unique sessions throughout the week covering a range of AI topics and skill levels. Many of the sessions will use a combination of lecture and hands-on activities.

RSNA 2021 features a wealth of industry programming throughout the week, including corporate symposia, “lunch and learns,” virtual industry and product presentations, vendor workshops and AI Theater presentations.

Diversity

One slate of programming promoting health care diversity, equity and inclusion is to be presented at the upcoming annual meeting.

RSNA 2021 presents a unique opportunity to shine a light on health care inequities, both domestic and international, and to provide insights, research and education on how to improve diversity and inclusivity in medical practice.

RSNA 2021 will offer more than 50 scientific presentations, lectures, courses and exhibits on diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the five-day meeting. Courses include “Moving Beyond the Gender Binary: Exploring the Gender Spectrum and Diversity in Patient Care, Education, and Research,” “Inclusion as a Key to Success of Diversity Efforts” and “Trailblazers in Health Equity: Lessons Learned & Leadership Opportunities to Advance Health Equity in Radiology and Beyond,” sponsored by RSNA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CDEI).

“The COVID-19 pandemic cast a spotlight on health inequities throughout the world and the critical importance of diversity and inclusion,” said RSNA President Mary C. Mahoney, M.D. “From its diverse lineup of presenters, faculty and awardees to a program brimming with DEI-focused sessions, courses and exhibits, RSNA 2021 will highlight the important diversity and health equity issues affecting our profession – and the care of our patients – and offer expert guidance and tools for attendees to foster DEI culture and initiatives in their practices.”

Research presentations include “Impact of Race, Ethnicity and Insurance Status on Breast Cancer Mortality at a Safety Net Academic Medical Center,” “Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Associated Pulmonary Embolism,” and “A Telerobotic Ultrasound Clinic Model of Ultrasound Service Delivery to Improve Access to Imaging in Rural and Remote Communities.”

Many of the offerings ask radiologists, educators and administrators to reflect on their own practices and improve diversity, equity and inclusion across all subspecialties of the medical imaging field. On Wednesday, December 1, radiation oncologist, Iris Gibbs, M.D., of Stanford, will present a plenary lecture on “Addressing the Continued Exclusion of Black Physicians in the US Radiation Oncology Workforce.”

RSNA’s strategic plan includes the crucial goal of promoting diverse representation within the profession and ensuring diversity in RSNA leadership. RSNA was the first radiology organization to require unconscious bias training for all committee chairs, editorial board members and program planners, and to issue requirements for selection of leadership positions. Through conscious selection of faculty, leaders and representatives, RSNA seeks to amplify a diverse set of voices.

RSNA’s commitment to inclusivity extends to all events the society hosts. It is the society’s core belief that the greatest benefits to the medical imaging community for the exchange of science and education are achieved when all parties can fully and freely engage one another. RSNA recently formalized its commitment to provide a safe space for all participants in RSNA events and activities and to encourage a culture of allyship with its welcoming environment statement.

To foster an inclusive and productive annual meeting experience for all, RSNA annually offers Camp RSNA, an onsite daycare facility at McCormick Place. Open to children ages six months to 12 years, Camp RSNA will follow state and local health regulations and current CDC guidance for operating childcare programs, providing a safe environment with a creative, customized schedule of events and a variety of engaging, age-appropriate activities led by trained professionals. The service is offered at no cost to RSNA members and is available to nonmembers for a nominal fee.

RSNA is working closely with the city of Chicago and McCormick Place to provide a safe and comfortable experience for exhibitors and attendees. RSNA will require proof of vaccination from all meeting attendees and exhibitor personnel, and face coverings must be worn inside the venue. McCormick Place has enhanced its air quality and cleaning procedures and has received multiple accreditations for maintaining a safe and hygienic environment. Some larger exhibit hall aisles have been added to the floor plan, including areas near anchor exhibitors. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the exhibit halls.

RSNA 2021’s virtual meeting component will offer exhibitors the opportunity to reach virtual meeting attendees through the online exhibitor listing. This year, the online exhibitor listing has been modified to serve both in-person and virtual attendees and exhibitors.

Additional virtual platform features available to exhibitors wanting to connect with the virtual audience include interactive booth demonstrations, live one-on-one chat and expanded company information.

For more information, visit RSNA.org.

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