General registration at the RSNA set a new record for this decade. Attendees totaled 61,565, about a 3% increase over 2004 when 59,895 attended the event. Compared with 2004, professional registration increased only 1% to 26,696. The tally, though, represents a 5% increase over 2003 and a 9% jump over 2002.
Foreign physicians and guests seem to be driving the increase, according to unconfirmed attendance figures. The RSNA projected a 4% total increase in international attendance for 2005. Exhibitors also stepped up their RSNA presence, with attendance totaling 28,763, up 4% compared with 2004. Total square feet of exhibit space increased 8% above 2004 totals. The meeting hosted 722 companies, nearly 20% of which appeared at the annual meeting for the first time.