(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The RSNA’s supremely well-oiled, amply resourced bureaucratic machine spewed out the audited attendance figures this week for its 2009 congress, and they are definitely worth a second look. The massive drop predicted by some doom merchants did not materialize, but the economic crisis clearly had a significant impact, and attendance appears to have peaked. A total of 56,824 people went to the 2009 meeting, which represents 4% less than in 2008. The official view is that the modest decline was largely due to cutbacks in the number of exhibitor and support personnel, but there were also fewer professional delegates: 26,262, compared with 27,586 in 2008. Just over 60% of professionals came from North America. The U.S. accounted for 14,376, Canada 1128, and Mexico 307. But they may soon be outnumbered by their international colleagues. No fewer than 877 professionals came from France, 771 from Italy, 747 from Japan, 693 from the U.K., 684 from Germany, 553 from China, 443 from Brazil, 423 from Spain, and 379 from the Netherlands.
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