RSNA Commits to Chicago Return for 2021 Annual Meeting

Whitney J. Palmer

This year’s meeting with be in-person, but it will also include a virtual component for those unable to attend.

Go ahead and make your hotel reservations in Chicago after Thanksgiving this year. The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has confirmed its 2021 annual meeting will be live and in-person at McCormick Place.

After putting on a successful – those less heavily attended – virtual meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, RSNA is moving full-steam ahead for the 107th Scientific Assembly and Annual meeting. The international conference will be held Nov. 28, 2021, through Dec. 2, 2021.

As of May 17, RSNA officials confirmed the organization has already received 10,378 scientific and educational abstracts. The sheer volume of submissions, they said, points to a radiology industry champing at the bit to return to live interaction and discussion.

“We have heard from many of our regular attendees and exhibitors that they are excited and ready to get back to Chicago for the RSNA meeting, and we look forward to welcoming them,” said RSNA President Mary C. Mahoney, M.D. “We are planning a robust in-person scientific assembly and technical exhibition, along with a virtual meeting component to enhance attendees’ meeting experience.”

This year’s theme will be “Redefining Radiology,” and alongside the scientific and educational sessions, attendees will have access to a show floor that includes exhibitors from 442 companies, showcasing the latest medical imaging technologies across all modalities, as well as artificial intelligence and 3D printing endeavors.

Conference registration for RSNA 2021 opens July 21 and is free to members through Oct. 1. You don’t need to wait for a hotel reservation, however. If you know you’re going, hotel reservations are already open.

Given the lingering pandemic and heightened concerns about health and safety, RSNA officials confirmed they are actively working with Chicago leaders and the staff of McCormick Place to implement public health protocols and enact best practices to ensure the safest meeting possible. But, and, as of yet, there has been no formal policy decision made about any masking or vaccination requirements.

For interested individuals who will not be able to attend due to institutional, corporate, or national travel restrictions, RSNA 2021 will also be available online. The virtual meeting will include 100 percent of eligible meeting content.

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