Trends in breast imaging: an analysis of 21years of formal scientific abstracts at the Radiological Society of North America


      • %Women presenters of accepted Radiological Society of North America breast imaging abstracts increased over time.
      • Accepted %abstracts from the United States decreased over the time period while %international abstracts increased.
      • % reported industry funding increased over time.



      To capture shifts in breast imaging through 21 years of scientific meeting abstracts.

      Materials and methods

      RSNA meeting programs (1995–2015) were searched to identify breast imaging scientific oral abstracts. Abstract year, author gender and degree, country, state, study design, modality, topic, funding and disclosures were recorded. Spearman correlation was performed.


      There was an increase in %women first authors (rs = 0.81, p < 0.001), in %international abstracts (rs = −0.64, p = 0.0002) and in industry funding (rs = 0.766, p < 0.001).


      %Women first author presenters and %international presence and %industry support increased over time. These areas of flux may be useful for continued tracking.


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