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Editor's e-Note
After a year of virtuality, RSNA is live and in person again, with a virtual element for those who can’t make the trek to McCormick Place. Radiology Today will be in Chicago, checking out the latest and greatest in radiology and deep-dish pizza so, if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by booth #4005 in the South Hall and say hello. For this newsletter, we’ll highlight some of the sessions that caught our attention.

What are you looking forward to at RSNA? Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Enjoy the newsletter.

— Dave Yeager, editor
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RSNA 2021 Preview

RSNA 2021 offers something for everyone. Even though the show is one day shorter this year, there is a wide variety of content to choose from, whether you’re in Chicago or checking it out virtually. The exhibit halls are open from 10 AM to 5 PM each day, and there are a multitude of poster sessions, often between 12:30 PM and 1:15 PM but also between 4 PM and 5 PM on Tuesday, November 30, and Wednesday, December 1.

Sunday, November 28, kicks off with sessions on cybersecurity, breast imaging, improving patient and staff safety in IR practices, pandemic preparedness, and numerous science sessions. Another session of note is “Humanism in Radiology: Combatting Burnout and Robots,” which is sponsored by the RSNA Public Information Committee. Two other sessions to consider are “Taking Action to Promote Gender Inclusion and Equity in Radiology: Opportunities for Leadership and Academic Development,” sponsored by the RSNA Professionalism Committee, and “3D Printing: Clinical Applications,” sponsored by the RSNA 3D Printing Special Interest Group.

The highlight of Sunday afternoon is the President’s Address and Opening Session. During the session, the meeting will be dedicated to the memory of Sanjiv S. Gambhir, MD, and Lawrence W. Bassett, MD. The President’s Address, “Redefining Radiology: The Road Ahead,” will be delivered by Mary C. Mahoney, MD. Mahoney will be introduced as RSNA president for the coming year by James Merlino, MD, who will talk about “Service Fanatics — How to Deliver Safe, High-Quality, Patient-Centric Care.”

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