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Preparing for the RSNA Annual Meeting in Chicago

Posted by Krista Kotrla

Nov 5, 2015 4:15:56 PM

RSNA 2015 is just over three weeks away, which means it's the perfect time to brush up on your travel game and prepare for the biggest radiology gathering of the year! Pay special attention to the final section so that you can get clued in on our top secret RSNA tips.

First Things First… The Basics

I highly recommend making the most of RSNA’s attendee resource page that answers common questions about education, registration, and travel.

To Do List:

  1. Register
  2. Book hotel
  3. Book travel
  4. Create your own personal itinerary of meetings and must-see exhibits (like Block Imaging)
  5. Save all important details to your phone/tablet/online calendar

Build Your Agenda

RSNA has an interactive online program that you can use to build a digital agenda. Browse the sessions and exhibits going on each day and add them with  a click of the green button.

There is also an interactive floor plan you can use to locate exhibitors in both halls.

UPDATE: While unavailable at the posting time of this article, the RSNA 2015 Mobile App is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. As in previous years, the app includes the full program, maps of McCormick Place, access to the Daily Bulletin, and more. Like the desltop website linked above, you can use the RSNA Mobile App to build your agenda for the meeting and get advance notifications reminding you of the events and presentations you've planned to attend.

Block Imaging Booth RSNA 2015Save Money on Your Next Imaging Project: We're Here to Serve!

Please stop by to see us at the Block Imaging booth, South Hall, A 2507. You can talk with us about how we can assist you with your next imaging project, let us know how the tips at the end of this blog saved your whole trip, or just stop in to say "hi" and shake a hand or two. Essentially, as one guest put it after her visit to the Block Imaging booth in 2014, we'd love the chance to connect and "treat you like family".

My Top Secret RSNA Tips Revealed!

#1. Amazingly comfortable shoes – Hands down this is muy importante. Not "sorta" comfortable shoes. You need amazingly comfortable shoes. Believe me. After 7 years of RSNA meetings, being on my feet from 8am to midnight, running around Chicago and McCormick Place for a week, this is the single most important tip I can give you. Invest in the most comfortable pair of shoes that you can both afford and bring yourself to wear out in public.

No lie, I’ve done extensive research on comfortable dress shoes. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the resources that have been most helpful to me on my quest for the perfect shoe to get us all through the ambulatory rigors of any RSNA meeting: 

If none of the styles mentioned above caught your eye, you should at least pad your best shoes with Dr. Scholl's top-of-the-line inserts.

#2. Dinner reservations – If you are looking to dine with a group of 4 or more for dinner and prefer to eat any time before 9pm, I highly recommend making dinner reservations. Over the years I have built up quite a list of fine eating establishments to choose from during the RSNA annual meeting week so I thought I’d share a few of our team favorites with phone numbers to make it easy on you:

Harry Caray’s Steakhouse  312-828-0966
 Chicago Chop House  312-787-7100
 Ditka's  312-587-8989
 Fogo de Chao  312-932-9330
 Maggiano’s  312-644-7700
 Giordano’s Pizza  312-842-1100
 Grand Lux Cafe*  312-276-2500

*Added per the request of our resident sweet tooth who highly recommends that you save room for the beignets dessert, "essentially the world's classiest donut" (his words, not mine).

For finding even more restaurant options and making reservations from your phone, I recommend the OpenTable mobile app.

So there you have it. Yes, our team has many more suggestions for great dessert places, karaoke hot spots and, of course, high quality medical imaging systems. Feel free to add your own suggestions too as a comment below. See you soon in Chicago!

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Written by Krista Kotrla 


Krista Kotrla is Senior Vice President of Marketing at Block Imaging. She is also a wife and mother of three, working from her home state of Texas. Krista is passionate about growing businesses through social culture and inspiring teams to accomplish things that really matter. Learn more about Krista here.



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