What to expect: RSNA 2008 expands attendee experience

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CHICAGO—As soon as attendees arrived at McCormick Place this morning, the first thing they were sure to grab was a map—as there are a lot of changes around the 94th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. As the radiologic community comes together to witness the latest advances in technology and research, a new layout and more dining options for the Technical Exhibition should help attendees broaden their horizons, seeing more, in less time.

This year, the Technical Exhibition spans three halls—from Hall A in the South Building; Hall B in the North Building across the walking bridge to Hall D in the Lakeside Center. Be sure to check out the education exhibit and scientific poster area at Lakeside Learning Center, which has moved to Hall E, right across from the entrance to the Arie Crown Theater, where plenary sessions including the President’s Address, annual orations, Sunday Image Interpretation Session and special symposia take place. Also on the move this year are hands-on computer workshops, which have moved to Hall A.

Panelists who are a part of this year’s Imaging Interpretation Session will only receive one case prior to the show and will be presented with the other on the spot. Session-goers may think they are on an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as during the session, panelists may call for help from onstage “lifelines.”

More than 700 leading manufacturers, suppliers and developers of medical information and technology will be sprinkled throughout the halls of McCormick Place and Lakeside Center this year. The largest exhibitors will be distributed among the three halls, along with a mix of smaller and mid-size exhibitors. While making the rounds, attendees can also enjoy a new and improved dining experience with the new Bistro RSNA. The new dining option is available in all four halls and gives attendees the option of purchasing a meal from a kiosk or a one-price buffet.

RSNA 2008 also expands beyond the dining room to the digital classroom this year. RSNA has modified the digital presentation system so that attendees can use it to follow along with course presentations on their own laptops. For example, a registered course attendee can log into the system and view the presentation as it happens, take notes, chat live with other participants and even submit questions to presenters during the presentation.

Back for a second year are the Quality Improvement Symposium and the BOOST Program. The daylong symposium will focus on quality improvement in radiologic practices while the BOOST (Bolstering Oncoradiologic and Oncoradiotherapeutic Skills for Tomorrow (BOOST) program, encourages radiologists and radiation oncologists to develop new partnerships, addressing cancers of the head and neck, lung, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, prostate and gynecology. Meanwhile, the Molecular Imaging Symposium returns with a third-year appearance on Wednesday, focused on giving radiologists and overview of molecular imaging and its applications in oncology, cardiovascular imaging and neurology.

After the meeting draws to a close later this week, attendees can continue to access courses and presentations online, viewing images and exhibits and participating in discussions as an extension of the meeting by visit RSNA.org.