RSNA 2019 attendance edges down 2.2%

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

January 17, 2020 -- Overall attendance at RSNA 2019 decreased by 2.2%, according to new numbers released by the society. Total attendance at the Chicago meeting was 51,800 attendees, compared with overall attendance of 52,985 in 2018.

The society noted that artificial intelligence (AI) was a predominant theme at RSNA 2019. The conference featured an "abundance" of sessions, posters, and exhibits on AI, as well as the AI Showcase and Theater, a dedicated area of McCormick Place devoted exclusively to AI.

Other highlights of RSNA 2019 included the Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection and Classification Challenge, a competition in which teams developed algorithms to identify and classify subtypes of hemorrhages on head CT scans, and the AI Deep Learning Lab, with four different courses designed by RSNA members.

Official RSNA attendance, 2014-2019
Attendee type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total 56,026 51,922 54,037 52,657 52,985 51,800
Professional 28,807 26,778* 26,988* 26,966* 27,435* NA
*Includes online-only attendees.

Vendor attendance as measured by square footage edged up compared with 2018. RSNA 2019 also saw an increase in the number of exhibitors and the number of first-time exhibitors.

RSNA vendor attendance, 2016-2019
  2016 2017 2018 2019
Technical exhibition area 412,000 sq ft 422,175 sq ft 433,800 sq ft 450,400 sq ft
Exhibitors 663 692 723 735
First-time exhibitors 104 141 130 155

RSNA 2019 also contributed $130 million to the economy of Chicago.

The 2020 annual meeting will take place November 29 to December 4 with the theme of "Human Insight/Visionary Medicine."


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