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Save the date: International Congress of Radiology (ICR), 1-4 October 2020

The ISR is excited to collaborate with the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society (ORMIS) for ICR 2020. The Program Committee is currently working to ensure a balanced and stimulating program with an emphasis on quality and safety.

The International Congress will have a regional focus including East Africa, the Pan Arab region, India, Pakistan and China and will include contributions from the continental and national radiology societies as well as from ISR’s partners, including WHO, IAEA, ISRRT, IOMP, WFUMB, WFPI.

The congress will be held in Muscat, Oman, from 1-4 October 2020.

Stay tuned icr2020-oman.org for more details.

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ISR signs Memorandum of Understanding with IOMP

The ISR is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP). The IOMP and the ISR are both NGOs in official relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and share some common objectives related to improving patient care and educational standards.

The MoU was signed by ISR President Luis Donoso and IOMP President Madan Rehani for a duration of three years. It will pave the way for increased cooperation in the promotion of high standards of patient care, radiation protection, ethical considerations and other issues within the scope of the two professions.

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1st International Meeting of Radiology Departments with Training-Residency - Registration phase: Until 30 June, 2019

Registration is now open so that Departments with Training-Residency in Radiology of the countries belonging to the International Society of Radiology (ISR) participate in this Virtual Meeting.

The ISR is organizing a Virtual Event in which 15 Departments of Radiology with Training-Residency of different countries and continents will present their work to the radiological community. Participation is open to any Radiology Department willing to share their experience with the international radiological community. We are not looking for the stars of the radiological community, but for a balanced sample of the different ways of being a radiologist and living the Radiology around the world.

We want to promote visibility and participation of radiologists of developing countries and the active participation of residents and radiologists in training. Our objectives are to exchange knowledge and experiences and to promote the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) among radiologists, especially those who are in training.

If you are a member of a Radiology Department with in-training residents, please, consider applying to the meeting!

Registration phase: Until 30 June, 2019.

Interested Departments must request their participation via email (meeting2019@isradiology.org).

The following information must be provided (required):
Name of the Hospital. Full address. Web address.
City.
Country.
Name of contact person (Tutor of Residents-Training, Chair of the Department...).
Contact email (this mailbox must be checked daily).
Small explanatory resumé of their Radiological and Training activities.
Written acceptance of all the rules of the meeting.

Departments will be notified of their participation in the Meeting before July 7, 2019.

You will receive instructions on the preparation and delivering of your learning materials via email.

Each participating Department or Teaching Unit must submit:
1 30-minute multimedia refreshment course.
1 proposal (summary) for "Live" webinar the day of your presentation.
1 Radiological Case with special emphasis on its learning interest.
1 guideline, indication or algorithm of diagnostic imaging tests, in the most prevalent pathologies.
10 photos of participants and members of the Department, as well as city, hospital and facilities.

Instructions for the creation and delivering of this teaching material will be available.

It is mandatory to comply with the requested deadline and format.

Forums will enable you to post questions and comments to the authors, who must answer.

Certificates:
The ISR will certify the presentation and attendance to all activities carried out at the meeting, both of the participating Departments and attending users.

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IAEA Technical Meeting on Radiation Exposure of Patients from Recurrent Radiological Imaging Procedures. 4-6 March 2019, Vienna

Strengthening the Protection of Patients who Need Multiple Imaging Exams.

Around 50 experts from 26 countries and nine international organisations and professional and industrial bodies met at the IAEA in Vienna from 4 to 6 March to study the problem of the patients who need frequent radiological imaging exams for diagnosing and monitoring their diseases.

New data on exposure is known thanks to the introduction of automatic exposure tracking systems in recent years. New data based on 2.5 million patients in 15 countries showed that more than 1% of patients receive cumulative doses above 100 mSv from multiple exams in their lifetime. This is significantly higher than previously thought. Receiving radiation in significant doses increases the risk of cancer later in life.

Medical imaging like CT, X-rays and interventional procedures provide immense medical benefits to better manage health conditions of millions of patients. However, a patient can get exposed to 100 mSv from 10-12 CT exams, which is required in different chronic conditions or malignant diseases or when treatment requires frequent follow-up examinations. Experts proposed measures to ensure medical benefits always exceed risks for these patients.

Experts at the meeting agreed to several recommendations to improve protection of patients who need frequent imaging exams:

  • CT scanners capable of achieving adequate image quality at sub-mSv radiation dose.
  • Physicians need to ensure the appropriate use of imaging exams when dealing with diseases that require frequent tests.
  • Strengthen guidelines by professional medical bodies for those treating patients who require frequent imaging studies.
  • Integrated technological solutions for monitoring patient exposure data within the electronic healthcare records.
  • Concrete radiation protection recommendations on how to avoid high level of exposures without curtailing medical benefits.

News from IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication:
www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/19/04/rpop-tm_summary_final.pdf

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Radiation Protection and Safety in Medical Uses of Ionizing Radiation, Specific Safety Guide

This Safety Guide provides recommendations and guidance on fulfilling the requirements of IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 3 for ensuring radiation protection and safety of radiation sources in medical uses of ionizing radiation with regard to patients, workers, carers and comforters, volunteers in biomedical research, and the public. It covers radiological procedures in diagnostic radiology (including dentistry), image guided interventional procedures, nuclear medicine, and radiotherapy. Recommendations and guidance are provided on applying a systematic approach to ensure that there is a balance between being able to utilize the benefits from medical uses of ionizing radiation and minimizing the risk of radiation effects to people.

Click on the image for more information

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ISR - AFROSAFE and ArabSafe meetings

ISRQSA Co-Chair Prof. Guy Frija participated in an AFROSAFE meeting that was held during the 17th Maghreb Congress of Radiology & 19th Franco-Tunisian Radiology Days, which took place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 5-7 April 2019. He also gave a lecture entitled “Guidelines: Why, for whom and how?" in an AFROSAFE session at the event.

Later in April Prof. Frija had a meeting with ArabSafe representatives in Algeria to discuss ways to further raise awareness of radiation protection and to increase the visibility of the ISR’s related activities. ISRQSA is grateful to the leaders of both initiatives for the fruitful discussions, which laid the foundation for an even closer collaboration.

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WHO International Advisory Committee meeting on Non-Ionising Radiation (NIR) / NGOs meeting during WHA

The WHO has started looking into health effects of non-ionising radiation and is in the process of developing safety guidelines. A first preliminary draft was shared with and commented by ISR experts.

The WHO International Advisory Committee meeting on Non-Ionising Radiation (NIR) was held on the occasion of the WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva/Switzerland on May 27-29. Prof. Guy Frija, Co-Chair of the ISR Quality and Safety Alliance (ISRQSA), presented the ISR’s perspective and expectations from basic safety standards for NIR.

The topic of NIR was also addressed in the NGOs meeting that was held during the WHA with the aim to provide updates on the WHO’s activities related to medical imaging.

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Latin Safe

On March 20, the Radiological Protection Study Group of the Radiological Society of São Paulo/BR (SPR) held its second meeting in the framework of Latin Safe. The main focus was to strengthen contacts with associated entities and to increase the presence of Latin Safe at their conferences to reach even larger target groups.

More information in:
www.webcir.org/noticir/2019_vol16_n5/eng/n6.html
www.latinsafe.org

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European Society of Radiology - Enjoy free access to its premium event on AI: “Intelligence. Innovation. Imaging. The Perfect Vision of AI”

Artificial Intelligence is the hottest topic in radiology right now, and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European School of Radiology (ESOR) organized their first event on Artificial Intelligence, in Barcelona, Spain, on April 5-6, 2019.

The course included more than 20 presentations and 28 lecturers. You can watch the recording of this premium event for free at: www.maiesr.org

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European Congress of Radiology 2019: Watch Online for free

Presentations from the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) are now available online for FREE. Sign up for ECR Online ecronline.myESR.org and watch more than 4,000 available lectures.

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EuroSafe Imaging: 5 years of success & new educational material online

At ECR 2019, EuroSafe Imaging members, partners and numerous friends of EuroSafe Imaging celebrated five years of success in medical radiation protection highlighting the achievements, ongoing activities and planned endeavours.

Check out the video of the celebration here:

The Ask EuroSafe Imaging initiative has recently published three new Tips & Tricks editions dedicated to dose reduction in paediatric interventional radiology, dose-saving technologies in paediatric radiology and a First aid kit for complying with the radiation protection requirements in a CT ward.

EuroSafe Imaging aims at improving quality and safety in medical imaging. Part of its mission is to improve information for professionals and patients.

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Eurorad - Back and better than ever

Eurorad, the largest peer-reviewed database for radiological case reports, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a brand-new website that now includes a fast and efficient search engine, Editors Selection of cases, teaching cases with quiz questions, and much more! Eurorad is free to access for everyone and brought to you by the biggest radiological society in the world, the European Society of Radiology.

Visit the new website and submit your case report at: www.eurorad.org

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Thirty Years Later, Questions Remain on Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Retention

With the amount of attention -and research- dedicated to this issue, an international meeting was convened by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in 2018 to discuss the current literature on gadolinium retention, knowledge gaps, and to prioritize research into this area. The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), American College of Radiology (ACR), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsored the meeting.

The results were published in a Special Report in Radiology, “Gadolinium Retention: A Research Roadmap from the 2018 NIH/ACR/RSNA Workshop on Gadolinium Chelates”, with a companion viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The PowerPoint presentations from the workshop were recently posted on the NIBIB’s website.

The Risk/Benefit Ratio

Radiologists should be careful to weigh all of the information when making decisions about administering gadolinium, said Max Wintermark, MD, professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University.

“It’s important to remember that in a number of circumstances, gadolinium provides clinical information that is not available in an alternative way”, Dr. Wintermark said. “If we don’t use gadolinium, we may miss some important clinical information. So, while there may be a risk associated with the administration of gadolinium, there is also a risk if you don’t administer the gadolinium when patients need it”.

For example, in the case of breast cancer, if a radiologist suspects that the cancer may have metastasized to a patient’s brain, the administration of a GBCA during an MRI exam is necessary.

However, there will be instances in which decisions to use gadolinium are not so clear-cut, said Dr. Wintermark, such as in the case of a meningioma - slow growing brain tumors that are most often benign.

More information at:
www.rsna.org/en/news/2019/April/Gadolinium-Based-Contrast-Agent-Retention

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Online Training Resources for Radiologists in Russian Language

Now available online:
medradiology.moscow/slushatelyam

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