We aim to promote original research and young talent at IRIA 2015, says Dr K Mohanan, Organising Chairman, IRIA 2015
Please share with us the theme and vision of IRIA 2015?
The 68th edition of annual conference held by Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) is focused on young radiologists and promotion of original research. We have somewhere ignored the new generation of radiologists and aim to bring them at the forefront in this mega gathering. We are expecting close to 1000 e-papers and poster presentations from the resident, post-graduate, and graduate students in addition to oral papers from these youngsters. We have also kept awards for best poster presentation to encourage innovative and original research taken up by them. We aim to encourage more young radiologists to start their own practice. Starting your practice is a special session offering perspectives for young radiologists seeking to set up their practice. This will be a platform for them to seek advice from seniors who are at the top of the ladder and begin young. There are ample opportunities for the young radiologists to present their work at IRIA 2015.
We have invited close to 50 international faculty and 240 Indian faculty handpicked for their exemplary contribution to the science of radiology. In terms of the academic agenda the 2015 IRIA annual conference is sure to be one of the best in India.
Tell us more about the efforts of IRIA to promote ethical practices at the conference?
Our key objective at the association is also to promote ethical practices in addition to best practices in radiology in India. And to make the most of the presence of radiologist from across the country, we have active presence and participation of top officials from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) at the conference. They will present not just in the academic sessions but have also put up a stall to promote awareness and outreach of the new guideline and rules. AERB mandates every radiological installation to be registered with them via an online form. This registration will be open at IRIA 2015 for all radiologists who have yet to register them. We have also kept a session on PC-PNBT Act with participation from the government to interact with the practicing radiologists on common challenges.
Please share some highlights of the scientific agenda at IRIA2015?
All sessions have been organised based on sub-speciality. There is stateof- the-art onco-imaging and PET-CT. The highlight of our international faculty is innovative neuro-radiology program featuring case studies and mini-workshops. There is a dedicated session on Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound that will discuss from basics to routine practice and beyond, and we have also included dialysis fistula imaging and intervention “ an emerging field in radiology for our participants. As mentioned earlier that our focus is on young radiologists, so we have designed a session Listen, Learn and Do! Step by step How I do it wherein the participants can get guided on basic CT/US guided procedures by experts. Similarly there are All you wanted to know- Fetal imaging/ infertility and Breast Imaging sessions. In addition, there are many hands-on-training and workshops and comprehensive sessions on HCC, integrating imaging, interventional treatment, and recent advances.