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The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) welcomes the submission of original abstracts for its 2020 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium, April 16-19, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado via its online system. SBI invites all members and nonmembers alike to submit abstracts for presentation at the symposium. Abstracts presented at the annual symposium will give authors an opportunity to network and discuss their research with experts in the field.

Authors will access the system to submit abstract applications for Scientific and/or Educational presentations.

Abstracts must be received by October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST (10:59 PM CST, 8:59 PM PST). You will not be able to access the system after that time.

You can enter your abstract, save it, and return for edits or updates any time prior to the deadline. The Complete Submission button must be clicked before October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

For tips on submitting an abstract, check out the article “How to Write a Scientific Abstract for Symposium Submission” from the latest issue of the Journal of Breast Imaging.

2020 Scientific Program Timeline

Date Event
8/1/2019 Abstract submission site open
10/15/2019 Submission deadline (11:59 pm EST)
12/2/2019 Authors notification of acceptance/decline
12/16/2019 Oral presenters' confirmation of conference attendance due
01/3/2020 Research award recipients selected & notified (1 resident/1 fellow in training)
03/7/2020 Oral and electronic abstract slides due
4/16/2020 – 4/19/2020 Symposium – Denver, CO

General Information

  1. Abstracts must be submitted online through the abstract submission program. No fax copies, disk, or email submissions will be accepted. Only the individual listed as the official contact of the submission has authority to withdraw it or revise content.

  2. Abstracts must be received by October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST (10:59 PM CST, 8:59 PM PST). You will not be able to access the system after that time.

  3. You can enter your abstract, save it, and return for edits or updates any time prior to the deadline. The Complete Submission button must be clicked before October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

  4. Changes to abstract titles or abstract text, as well as additions or deletions of author names, will not be permitted after submission. Proofread your abstract to identify and correct any errors before submission.

  5. You may submit abstracts in either the Scientific or Educational category.

  6. You will be asked to indicate your preference when completing the abstract submission form – Oral Presentation Only, Oral or Electronic Poster, or Electronic Poster Only.

  7. Abstracts may be submitted by trainees or in-practice physicians or scientists.

  8. Promissory abstracts will not be accepted for submissions to the Scientific category.

  9. Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author(s) to present their work if the abstract is accepted.

  10. Two research award winners are invited to attend the SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium with complimentary registration and a travel stipend granted by the SBI R&E Fund. All other accepted abstract authors will register at their corresponding membership rate.

  11. Presenter changes will not be accepted after submission. Exceptions may be made in case of emergency.

  12. If you must withdraw your abstract, please email info@sbi-online.org. Include your name, confirmation number, and abstract title.

  13. Your presentation must be balanced and may not contain commercial promotional content.

  14. All submissions must be HIPAA compliant. Patient confidentiality must be protected. No names, hospital ID numbers, or any other identifying information can appear in your presentation.

  15. Abstracts must present research that has not previously been published or presented.

  16. Abstracts must be submitted in English

  17. Blind Peer Review Policy: In accordance with SBI’s abstract blind peer review policy, your submission title, abstract, or uploaded figures should not contain author names, institution names, general location, or any such information that may identify where the work originated.

  18. Intellectual Property Notice: Reported misuse of intellectual property persists. Your decision to include borrowed materials (text, images, graphs, charts, etc.) in your exhibit may fall within 'fair use' for educational purposes. However, such materials should never be presented as if they are your own. You must assure that sources of borrowed material are clearly labeled in your presentation, including full citations for any copyrighted material. It is also best practice to inform and/or seek the permission of the original creator of non-copyrighted content before using it in your lecture.

  19. In submitting his or her [scientific or education abstract] (hereafter the "content") to the SBI for possible presentation at 2020 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium, the author retains copyright to the content and agrees to give SBI a limited, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to present the content on the SBI website and in its educational programs, and to archive the content for maintenance of the scientific record. SBI agrees not to sublicense the content to a third party.

  20. Notification of acceptances will be made on December 2, 2019.

Abstract Categories – Scientific or Educational

Scientific Presentations – Oral Presentation or Electronic Presentation

Scientific presentations may be (1) completed hypothesis-driven research with a comprehensive report; (2) a work-in-progress report of ongoing research of emerging ideas and techniques and containing initial yet defined results; or (3) a brief pertinent report of a particular new aspect or understanding of breast imaging.

Abstracts should report findings as concisely as possible using standard section headings:

  • Purpose
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Abstracts are limited to 400 words total. A Clinical Relevance statement, not to exceed 50 words, is required and a part of the 400 word limit. For review purposes only, you may submit up to 5 optional figures to support your work [figure must be captured in a .jpg file and is limited to an image(s) and/or graph(s)].

Abstracts will be selected for presentation on the basis of scientific merit.

Educational Abstracts – Electronic Only

Educational presentations are exhibits on a clinical aspect of breast imaging or breast imaging education. Topics may be wide ranging and may include issues such as image interpretation, procedure technique, non-interpretative clinical skills, educational techniques, and imaging economics. Educational presentations may include case series or pictorial essays demonstrating particular imaging features or clinical or educational concepts.

The format for educational abstracts should include the following section headings:

  • Background
  • Learning Objectives
  • Abstract Content (what will you present?)
  • Conclusion

Abstracts are limited to 400 words total. A Clinical Relevance statement, not to exceed 50 words, is required and a part of the 400 word limit.

The Abstract Content should explain how the learning objectives will be met. For example, the Abstract Content should describe the format of the presentation (e.g., pictorial review, case series, presentation of non-interpretive skills, etc.) and provide details such as the number of cases that will be presented and the range of findings or non-interpretive issues that will be presented.

Submission of the optional figure is encouraged for imaging-related topics because the strength of educational abstracts often rests on the quality of the imaging.

Oral Abstract Presentations: Abstracts selected for oral presentation will be presented at an assigned date/time in a moderated meeting room setting. Formal presentations are limited to seven minutes followed by three minutes for discussion. A PowerPoint presentation in support of the oral presentation is required and must be uploaded via the conference harvester. Additional information will follow at time of acceptance.

Electronic Abstract Presentations: Electronic E-Poster presentations are electronic slide show presentations derived from your PowerPoint. Attendance to the symposium is not required. Your PowerPoint presentation must be uploaded prior to the symposium via the conference harvester. Your presentation should be created to allow the attendee to view a presentation in its entirety in approximately five minutes, as most attendees spend between 2 to 10 minutes viewing an electronic presentation. Additional information will follow at time of acceptance. *Scientific Electronic Abstracts are limited to 15 slides. Educational Electronic Abstracts are limited to 25 slides.

Research Prizes: Two research prizes will be awarded: one to a medical student/resident (at time of submission) and one to a fellow in training (at time of submission), based on scientific merit. Research prizes include $1,000 and an award to each winning resident and fellow. Winning abstracts may be reproduced in the member newsletter, SBI News and/or the Journal of Breast Imaging.

Withdrawals: The deadline to withdraw an accepted abstract is Monday, March 2, 2020. A written request must be sent to SBI. After this date, withdrawals are still accepted but abstracts may still appear in annual meeting materials. Withdrawal of an accepted abstract after this date or failure to present an accepted abstract may result in the first author and all co-authors’ disqualification from presenting an abstract at the next ACR Annual Meeting.

Registration and Travel: Abstract authors are responsible for their registration and travel arrangements. SBI does not provide honorarium or reimbursement of travel expenses. Registration fees for abstract authors will directly correspond to their current membership status. In-training authors receive complimentary SBI membership.