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The Importance of the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting to Cincinnati Children’s

The Importance of the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting to Cincinnati Children’s

Each year, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) holds its annual meeting the week after Thanksgiving in Chicago. This meeting is one of the largest medical conferences in the world, with over 50,000 attendees each year. Radiologists from Cincinnati Children’s have had a large role at the meeting, giving multiple lectures, presenting their scientific research, and teaching radiologists from all over the world about the latest in pediatric imaging. This year, our faculty and fellows will be providing 18 lectures, sharing data related to 3 research projects, and teaching attendees with 9 poster presentations. We will be talking on varied topics such as social media, quality improvement, imaging of obstructive sleep apnea, and radiation dose reduction.

This meeting is an important conference on our calendar for several reasons. First, because the RSNA meeting is so large, it provides the best audience for many of our initiatives. For example, last year, two of our presentations were highlighted by the RSNA Daily Bulletin, the newspaper of the meeting. This honor is reserved for the best, most interesting work at the meeting. Even though there are tens of thousands of meeting attendees, most attendees are never featured in the Daily Bulletin. We have been fortunate to have our work featured every year for the past five years.


The second reason why the RSNA is so important is that it provides meaningful awards for educational posters. Each year, judges review all of the posters that have been accepted for presentation and select the best for publication in the RSNA’s prestigious journal RadioGraphics. Almost every year, radiologists from Cincinnati Children’s have their work selected for publication. In 2017 alone, our work has already been published in this journal three times. One of our articles was even selected for the cover of the May-June issue of the journal!

The final reason why RSNA is so important is that it is the showcase for all the newest, most cutting-edge technology. Each year, vendors use this meeting as a chance to highlight their technologic break-throughs. In addition, we are also learning from our colleagues at other hospitals and universities. The RSNA provides a place where we can learn about new techniques and new technology. We use this as an opportunity to see new products and learn cutting-edge techniques. Our goal is to constantly offer the newest and best technology to provide better care for the children we serve.

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About the author: Alex Towbin

Alex is a radiologist and the Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics. In this role, he helps to manage the information systems used by the Radiology department. Clinically, Alex is the Assistant Director of thoracoabdominal imaging. His research interests include liver disease, liver tumors, inflammatory bowel disease, and appendicitis.