The theme of the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA’s) annual meeting, which takes place from Sunday, November 26, to Friday, December 1 in Chicago, is Explore. Invent. Transform—a topic, conference officials say, that “invites attendees to investigate and advance radiology through innovation as a means of creating positive impact on patient care.” This message has big implications, they add, “and radiology’s most influential forum is the ideal place to share it.”

Stellar Plenary Sessions

Along with sprawling exhibit halls, (Flip to page 16 to see some of the technologies that will be on display during the conference) RSNA offers attendees numerous cutting-edge plenary sessions.

This year, top sessions will likely include “Harnessing Artificial Intelligence,” presented by Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, on Tuesday, November 28, at 10:30 a.m.; “Today’s Radiology,” given by Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD, during Sunday’s Opening Session at 8:30 a.m.; and “Strategies for Radiology to Thrive in the Value Era,” presented by Jonathan B. Kruskal, MD, PhD, during the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Other sessions that are sure to excite? Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni’s early-morning session on Sunday, titled “Imaging Innovation in 21st Century Biomedicine: Challenges and Opportunities,” as well as Monday’s New Horizon’s Lecture—“A New Light: The Birth, and Rebirth, of Imaging”—presented by Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD, on Monday, November 27, at 1:30 p.m. Rounding out the plenary sessions is Sunday’s Presidential Address at 8:30 a.m., where RSNA President Richard L. Ehman, MD, will ponder the question: “Is it Time to Reinvent Radiology?”

Another slightly less conventional—but, no doubt, extremely popular—plenary speaker will be Robert Herjavec of ABC’s Shark Tank fame. Herjavec, a billionaire businessman and the author of Driven: How to Succeed in Business and Life, will present a session titled “Fast Forward and Focused” on Thursday, November 30, at 2 p.m.

Top-Notch Education

In addition to stellar plenary sessions, the RSNA meeting will offer numerous educational offerings. Some classes that are already getting hype include Drs. Cynthia McCollough and Ke Li’s “Physics (CT: New Techniques,” which will take place on Sunday from 10:45-12:15 p.m., as well as “CT Protocol Quality Control Using Semi-Automated Management Software: Why Does It Matter and Why Should I Do It?,” presented every day during the conference by a cadre of specialists, including McCollough.

Other sessions that will be presented every day during the conference include “Breathe New Life into Your Chest CT Exams Using Advanced Acquisition and Post-Processing Techniques” and “Cinematic Rendering in Neuroradiology: A New Era in 3D Postprocessing.”

After attending the latter session, RSNA officials say, participants will “learn how to optimize acquisition of CT and MRI datasets suitable for cinematic post-processing and, through many presented neuroradiology examples, see how cinematic rendering has the possibility to transform the clinical role of 3D post-processing for both physicians and patients, because of improved depiction of pathology and better understanding of involved anatomy.”

In other words: don’t miss out on these sessions.