Business as usual
Attendance up at RSNA’s annual meeting
The Radiological Society of North America hosted its 96th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago last week as temperatures dropped and snow flurries flew. But indoors, attendance was up and so was the mood.
The show closed almost certainly with attendance well below the record of 62,501 set in 2007, yet total attendance figures, including vendors and exhibitors’ personnel, were up by about 2% over last year to 57,084 through five days of the show’s six-day run. Final figures were unavailable at deadline.
Steve Drew, the RSNA’s assistant executive director for scientific assembly and informatics, blamed the attendance sag over the past few years on the recession. Meanwhile, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based RSNA has increasingly become a united nations of healthcare professionals. More than a third (38%) of what the society defines as “professional registrants” traveled to the show from countries outside of North America, a new record, Drew said.
“Coming into the meeting this year, our advanced professional registration was at an all-time high,” he added.
MRI technician Kim Marquardt said he
The RSNA annual meeting in Chicago last week drew more attendees than last year.