by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | May 26, 2020
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) announced today that its 106th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, previously scheduled to be held Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2020, at McCormick Place in Chicago, will be held as an all-virtual event Nov. 29 – Dec. 5.
"As RSNA holds the world's largest radiology meeting with over 50,000 attendees from 137 countries, our ability to conduct RSNA 2020 in Chicago is impacted by global public health considerations," said RSNA president, Dr. James P. Borgstede, in a statement. "With a mission that focuses on health and patient care, the primary consideration for RSNA is the health and safety of attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, and by extension, the global community. Therefore, 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 2020 Virtual Meeting will ensure the opportunity for participation for all of those who have been impacted by institutional, corporate or national travel restrictions.
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Since the inception of the RSNA annual meeting more than a century ago, the physical meeting has only been canceled twice — in 1943 and in 1945 — due to transportation and gasoline supply issues during and immediately following World War II.
Registration for RSNA 2020 opens July 22, and will be free to members.