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Sunday, December 01, 2013

"France Presents" Focuses on Oncologic Imaging, International Services

Nicolas Grenier, M.D.

Attendees of "France Presents" at RSNA 2013 will have the opportunity to hear the latest in oncologic imaging from top French radiologists and explore a host of new international services designed to aid French—and all international—visitors.

"We chose to focus on oncologic imaging because there is so much happening in this field between diagnosis and interventional radiology," said Nicolas Grenier, M.D., a professor of radiology at the University of Bordeaux, adding that the Société Francaise de Radiologie (SFR) was honored to be selected to feature presenters at RSNA 2013. "The radiologists we asked to present are internationally recognized and very involved in this issue."

This year, RSNA has broadened its international effort beyond panel presentations, adding services that will make it easier for French members to access and navigate the meeting.

At RSNA 2013, SFR will host a booth in the Technical Exhibition and a special booth next door will showcase French contributions to RSNA over the years. Attendees are invited to stop by Booths 1122 and 1123 in the South Building to learn more about contributions from French radiology to RSNA 2013. Attendees can also pick up a ribbon for their name badge in celebration of France Presents.

To help French and all international attendees get the most out of RSNA 2013, the Global Connection booth in RSNA Services offers information on international programs. Today, (SUNDAY, DEC. 1) a special discussion on navigating the RSNA meeting will be led in French from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., in the Global Connection booth, including information on everything from planning your meeting schedule to restaurants and getting around Chicago (see related story).

RSNA members can also meet with exhibitors from France, many of which will be grouped together in an area of the South Building designated as the French Pavilion.

Putting France in the spotlight is particularly timely, given the country's success with universal healthcare, its leadership in cancer care and the size of the French contingent attending RSNA each year. More than 1,000 attendees from France attended RSNA 2012, the highest attendance from a country outside of North America.

France has a special place in the heart and mind of Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., who as 2013 RSNA president selected the country to be highlighted in 2013. As a young physician, Dr. Donaldson spent a memorable year in training at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France—an experience that has left her eternally grateful to the country for the lessons, both professional and personal, she learned while there.

"My time in France was pivotal in shaping my career in radiation oncology and it was also a tremendous personal and character-building experience," she said. "It's extremely important to me to welcome our French contingent and to highlight the expertise of the country."

Looking ahead, the RSNA Board of Directors approved two Country Presents sessions, featuring the Republic of Korea and Canada, for RSNA 2014.

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