Busi­ness as usual

At­ten­dance up at RSNA’s an­nual meet­ing

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Joseph Conn

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.

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