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Abstracts for RSNA 2011 Due March 31

The deadline for abstracts for the 2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 97th annual meeting is fast approaching. While the Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 meeting is months away, abstracts are due by Noon US Central Time on Mar. 31.

The annual RSNA meeting attracts more than 58,000 medical and science professionals from around the world. Photo courtesy RSNA 2010)

As in years past, the good news is abstracts can be submitted online, just use your RSNA login to access the online abstract submissions form. The bad news is no fax copies, disk or e-mail submissions are acceptable. Once logged in, you can enter your abstracts for , applied science, educational and Quality Storyboard applications, save them and return later to edit and revise as needed anytime before the deadline. Once you click on the submit button, however, you may no longer make any changes.

According to the RSNA website, clicking “submit” obligates the participant to present the work if it is accepted and the expenses associated with the submission and presentation are the responsibility of the presenter. While it is only necessary to click submit before the noon deadline, on Mar. 31, it is prudent to submit as early as you can, due to the number of abstracts expected.

With thousands of abstracts submitted each year, RSNA officials urge presenters to finalize their submissions as soon as possible to avoid a final rush to beat the deadline.

The annual RSNA meeting is one of the largest scientific meetings in the world, attracting more than 58,000 medical and science professionals from around the world. In addition to scientific presentations, there were 678 technical exhibitors at RSNA 2010.

This year, the RSNA is seeking to broaden the audience for the scientific content of the meeting and is working to increase the number of series courses offered throughout the meeting. The goal is to offer the maximum opportunity for learning about the latest scientific advances in radiology and imaging together with educational programs for career development.

Two types of abstracts are considered for presentation during the meeting, scientific and applied science.

Scientific presentations can be a:

  • Completed hypothesis-driven research with a comprehensive report;
  • Work-in-progress report of ongoing research of emerging ideas and techniques and containing initial yet defined results; or
  • Brief pertinent report of a particular new aspect or understanding of clinical radiology.

are limited to informatics and physics topics, which discuss or demonstrate practical applications designed to improve the clinical practice of radiology or the management of healthcare data.

Abstracts are limited to 2200 characters including spaces, and can be presented as oral presentations, stand-alone computer presentations, or electronic poster or traditional backboard panel format. Based on format preference, and in order to accommodate physical constraints, an applied science presentation may be reclassified as an education exhibit or scientific presentation as determined by the review committee.

Poster presentations may be presented in hard-copy panel format, or electronic format. Oral presentations are limited to seven minutes, plus three minutes for discussion.

Medical students, residents, fellows and physics trainees who submit abstracts are eligible to be selected for a $1,000 Trainee Research Prize. Abstracts submitted will undergo the usual peer-review process and, if accepted for presentation, the authors will receive a letter of invitation to submit a 2,000-word abstract for consideration for the Trainee Research Prize.

Up to three scientific presentations from the following categories – resident/physics trainee, fellow and medical student – may be selected from the 16 subcommittees that compose the RSNA Scientific Program Committee. Up to 48 awards may be given each year.

Once the deadline passes the abstracts have to be peer reviewed for acceptance, which is quite a lengthy process expected to be completed by early July.

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