Michael Friebe’s 30th private, slightly biased, and as always subjective RSNA report

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Michael Friebe’s 30th private, slightly biased, and as always subjective RSNA report

December 02, 2020
Business Affairs X-Ray

It is obviously somewhat difficult to show importance or size of a company in a virtual booth that needs to be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop. The way that the RSNA differentiated the amount of money spend was by their placement on the vendor list — first PLATINUM+, then PLATINUM, followed by PREMIUM, ENHANCED, and STANDARD … every category with a smaller Logo / Text font :-)

I loved the scientific presentations. No real rush, you can actually theoretically attend several presentations in different „rooms“ consecutively, you can watch whenever you have time, great visuals and the ability to actually make screenshots. As far as I am concerned the RSNA does not have to go back to the old system of live presentations or be at least more selective. The poster and digital poster hall was always reserved for my early morning hours or towards the end of the meeting. I am not a big fan of digital posters presented as a sequence of power point slides. First you need to invest time in finding them and then you need to scroll through the slides. I like real big posters - within 10 seconds or less I know on whether I am interested or not and then can spend more time with the particularly interesting ones. If the RSNA is interested in my opinion — keep the real posters, and put the digital posters in the year-round RSNA show.

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But I managed to actually listen to some interesting talks and looked at great posters — just to give you an idea about the wealth of information available, selecting ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE, NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND VASCULAR yielded 230 digital posters!

And for all of that listening and reading I even received a RECORD OF PARTICIPATION and a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE … something that I do not need as an engineer, but that also shows that a digital confirmation is of course easier to generate if you have watched digital content!

This virtual report is already as long as the ones that I typically write from a real one … weird! But that is also a good reason to stop now.

A report from someone that really missed the trip to RSNA and that hopes to see all of you (+ some more) at the 2021 edition of a real in person RSNA in Chicago.

Not everything was bad in 2020 and not everything was bad about the #RSNA20 — stay healthy and stay connected!

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