The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) announced it has canceled its annual symposium with the American College of Radiology due to concerns over the growing COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting had been planned for April 16-19 in Denver.
"Protecting the health and well-being of all attendees is our greatest concern," said SBI President Margarita L. Zuley, M.D., in a written statement. "Canceling the Symposium required much discussion and deep consideration. It was a decision we came to reluctantly."
The organization made its decision after reviewing the World Health Organization's evaluations, as well as the ongoing amount of research being published on the impact of the virus. Full refunds will be made available to all registered attendees over the next few weeks, according to the press announcement.
There are no plans to reschedule the meeting for later this year. Instead, the next meeting is planned for April 8-11, 2021, in Savannah, Ga.