With over 350 presenters, Canadian radiologists certainly made their mark at the annual the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The RNSA is one of the largest conferences for radiologists in the world. The theme for the event was Tomorrow’s Radiology for Today. There was a strong focus on artificial intelligence in radiology and how this changes the future practice of radiologists.
Thousands of radiologists and other medical imaging professionals travelled from across the globe to attend this prestigious event. The CAR was especially proud of the Canadian presence and took this opportunity to host a Canadian reception at the historic Palmer House Hotel to coincide with the conference.
Our reception was a success with about 250 members in attendance. We also received a special welcome from acting Trade Commissioner, Wayne Robson. Bracco was the signature sponsor for this event; thank you, Bracco. Other sponsors included Christie Innomed, GE Healthcare, MD Financial Management, MModal, Nuance and Siemens Healthineers. We thank you for helping to support the reception.
While in Chicago, the CAR had the opportunity to meet with senior leaders from the RSNA as well as the CAMRT. The discussion focused on best practices and future collaboration. The CAR also met with our industry partners and provided an update on our initiatives and discussed future areas for partnership. The meetings were all positive and there was overwhelming support for the CAR and an acknowledgement that the CAR has progressed in the last year. All partners indicated they are looking forward to future collaboration. Our partners expressed confidence in the leadership and suggested broader alignment for future activities. We also scheduled meetings for our working groups. It was a great opportunity for everyone to connect face to face.
Our members left the RSNA on a high note. With one of our very own receiving an award. Alexandre Cadrin-Chênevert won the RSNA Algorithm Challenge. That’s two consecutive wins by CAR members, after last Alex Bilbily winning the challenge in 2017. We couldn’t be prouder. It’s important for the CAR to continue to have a presence at these meetings and to be visible on an international level. It helps to raise awareness for the work that Canadian radiologists are doing but also frames a picture for all the research and innovation in Canada.