The much awaited academic meet was a major draw for eminent radiologists across the country, and in addition there was enthusiastic participation of medical students from various educational institutes as well. The session had been designed to accommodate the various needs and expertise of radiologists, the topics o breast imaging, fetal imaging, organ transplant added new dimensions to the agenda. In addition, renowned radiologists conducted lectures and workshops on head to toe, nerve imaging, and pediatric radiology among many others. Non-technical sessions included social radiology that discussed the safety, legal guidelines and ethics in radiology. The latest technology in imaging was on display for radiologists to experience as part of exhibition. Fujifilm launched their digital mammography product, BPL medical technology announced their arrival in the radiology & imaging sector, Samsung introduced their 5D ultrasound technology, Fujifilm SonoSite showcased their newly launched X-Porte Ultrasound system among other market leaders in the radiology and imaging industry. India is an important for many of the leading players as there has been significant growth in the number of hospitals, diagnostics centers and clinics not only in cities but also smaller towns and investments on imaging equipments are on the rise. The conference offered them a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from across the country under one venue. The next edition of the event IRIA 2015 was announced to be held in Kochi, Kerala.
Hospital Architecture Going Green
ospiArch Pune 2014, a two day conference on hospital planning, design and architecture was held on 17-18 January in Pune, Maharashtra and discussed new trends for greenfield and brownfield projects. Architecture and building design are evolving trends with new concepts and planning techniques available for hospital administrators. The event shared novel ideas and had eminent speakers from diverse field so that the hospital administrators can get a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform for their queries and also delve on imagination and ideation. The event was attended by hospital administrators, planners, architects and doctors. The key sessions included architectural challenges involved in building a new hospital that addressed the common hurdles faced by hospitals and architects while designing or re-designing a new hospital. The concept of green hospitals was elaborated in a detailed presentation by Dr Rakeev Boudhankar, Vice President, Kohinoor Hospitals as he shared his knowledge on planning a green hospital and discussed topics such as mercury elimination, utilisation of natural light, rain water harvesting, recycling of hospital material and acoustic planning. Critical areas such as fire safety, designing a CSSD, manpower planning, budgeting and financial planning, feasibility study and quality standards were discussed extensively.