Yet another medical imaging conference has been called off due to concerns over the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) announced Friday that it has canceled its annual meeting scheduled for March 21-25 in New York City.
The AIUM leadership said it unanimously made the decision to cancel the conference to help "flatten the curve" of infection and keep the focus of healthcare workers on helping to stop the spread of the virus. AIUM 2020 is the first annual meeting to be canceled in the organization's 70-year history.
Registration fees will be refunded, according to a FAQ for the cancellation of the meeting. The AIUM said it's also working now to determine if and how the planned content for AIUM 2020 may be shared further.
"We are exploring other ways to present the content you were all expecting," the AIUM Board of Governors said in a statement.
AIUM 2021 will be held April 10-14, 2021, in Orlando, FL.
Other radiology meetings that have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak include the European Congress of Radiology, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Society of Interventional Radiology, and the American College of Cardiology.