The 98th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting will take place between November 25 and November 30 this year. This is the largest radiology meeting in the world and upwards of 40,000-50,000 people will attend. My first time at an RSNA meeting, I was completely overwhelmed. I felt like I was always missing something very important or late for everything. You need a plan of attack. Go check out the RSNA meeting program online and plan out your time before you go. Leave some flexibility in your schedule so you can spend some time looking at posters and exhibits in the Lakeside Learning Center, which is one of my favorite places to hang out. There is also a resident/fellow lounge area in the Lakeside Learning Center, where you can hang out, get free coffee and food, or peruse the latest RSNA publications.
There is a plethora of cardiopulmonary talks to attend. Here are some highlights:
Hot Topics in Thoracic Imaging RC101 Sunday 02:00-03:30 PM
Cardiac CT Mentored Case Review: Part I (In Conjunction with the North American Society for Cardiac Imaging) (An Interactive Session) MSMC21 | S406A Monday 08:30-10:00 AM
Lung Cancer Screening: Update 2012 RC201 Monday 08:30-10:00 AM
Cardiac CT Mentored Case Review: Part II (In Conjunction with the North American Society for Cardiac Imaging) (An Interactive Session) MSMC22 | S406A Monday 10:30-12:15 PM MSMC23 | S406A Monday 01:30-03:05 PM
Cardiac CT Mentored Case Review: Part IV (In Conjunction with the North American Society for Cardiac Imaging) (An Interactive Session) MSMC24 | S406A Monday 03:30-06:00 PM
Essentials of Cardiac Imaging MSES31 | S100AB Tuesday 08:30-10:00 AM
Interactive Game: Read with the Experts (Cardiac Radiology) RC303 Tuesday 08:30-10:00 AM
Cardiac CT Angiography (A Practical Guide) RC350 Tuesday 08:30-10:00 AM
Common Problems in Thoracic Imaging RC401 Tuesday 04:30-06:00 PM
New Frontiers in Imaging COPD and the Airways (An Interactive Session) RC501 Wednesday 08:30-10:00 AM
PET/CT in the Thorax: Interpretation, Pitfalls, and Future Developments (How-to Workshop) RC551 Wednesday 08:30-10:00 AM
Essentials of Chest Imaging MSES42 | S100AB Wednesday 10:30-12:00 PM
Imaging the Cardiac Valves and Valve Prostheses RC603 Thursday 08:30-10:00 AM
CT and MR Imaging of Thoracic Vasculitides (How-to Workshop) RC651 Thursday 08:30-10:00 AM
Interactive Game: The Audience Participation Game (Diffuse Lung Disease) RC701 Thursday 04:30-06:00 PM
High-Resolution CT: A Pattern-based Approach (An Interactive Session) RC801 Friday 08:30-10:00 AM
Young at Heart: Imaging of Adult Congenital Heart Disease RC803 Friday 08:30-10:00 AM
Introduction to Cardiac MR: Infarcts, Cardiomyopathies and Masses (How-to Workshop) RC851 Friday 08:30-10:00 AM
After a hard day of attending talks and looking at exhibits, you should take advantage of the best city in the USA (I am completely biased having grown up in “Chi-town”). Some of my personal favorites include:
1. Giordano’s on Rush by the John Hancock Center: Give up on the diet. You are in the Midwest. Meat, potatoes, and…deep-dish pizza!
2. Purple Pig: Went here on a whim with my wife after the ARRS meeting last year. It was a weekday at 3 pm…and packed to the brim with foodies. Really, really good food! It was so crowded, we had to take our food to go and eat it in a nearby food court. Salt-roasted beets, bone marrow, pig’s ear, milk braised pork shoulder—amazing. It’s right downtown in the middle of Michigan Ave. Expect a wait.
3. Navy Pier: I know. It’s touristy—but you are a tourist. Bundle up (layers for sure) and take a ride on the Ferris Wheel.
4. Best view: It’s still a tie. The view on a clear day or night from the Signature Lounge on top of the John Hancock Center is unmatched in Chicago. They say you can see Wisconsin if the visibility is good enough. If you don’t like heights, there is a little strip of parkland that extends from the Shedd Aquarium to the Adler Planetarium; definitely one of the best views of the Chicago skyline juxtaposed next to Lake Michigan— still to die for.