TNPY IRIA 2018 calls for constant practice to stay competitiveFebruary 4, 2019
The 71st Annual Conference of the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Chapter of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (TNPY IRIA) called for constant updating and continuous practice by resident and practicing radiologists to keep pace with fast-emerging advances in the field of medical imaging.
Transformational technologies are re-drawing the way radiology is practised with break-neck speed. Older technologies are getting outdated and replaced with newer ones faster than ever, participants pointed out. Keeping abreast of the latest in each domain is the only way to be successful in the profession, they said.
“Today, the practice of radiology has become a race. And the only way to win the race is practice, practice, practice,” said Dr T Mukuntharajan, president-elect, TNPY IRIA, delivering the keynote address at the inaugural ceremony of the three-day conference at Chennai, which commenced on 14th of December 2018.If they fail to update themselves, radiologists are likely to lose out their turf to others.
Radiologists are the masters of medicine as they deal with each and every specialty in their day-to-day practice, unlike other specialists whose exposure is usually limited to their respective areas. In this sense, radiology is a highly rewarding profession and every radiologist can be proud of it, he commented.
The three-year education programme of post-graduates pursuing radiology may provide an overview of radio-imaging, but not necessarily the kind of exposure required across the domains. The idea behind organising the summit was to share the relevant knowledge and the practical tips to residents, according to Dr R Ravi, organising chairman of TNPY IRIA 2018.
“In this conference, we’ve adopted two approaches- region-specific and modality specific, so that participating doctors get exposure to both simultaneously. We have experts specialised in different modalities,” said Dr Ravi, who is also the director and professor of Barnard Institute of Radiology, Chennai, which conducted the meet under of the auspices of the Chennai Subchapter of IRIA.
The scientific programme featured musculoskeletal session, rectal cancer imaging, geriatric imaging etc.
A customary preconference workshop was held at the venue on day one, featuring, for the first time, a hands-on workstation in select fields such as advanced neuroimaging, cardiac CT/MRI, mammography. The second- and third-day programmes focused on interactive sessions in topics including the Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Imaging; Paediatric Sonography; Pitfalls in Abdominal Imaging; Post Laparotomy Complications and USG Assessment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.
Case-based discussions covered paediatric radiology, commonly missed musculoskeletal conditions, MRCP, skull-base lesions, gynaecologic imaging, interventional radiology and mesentery, among others.
The 71st state conference had `Inspiring Minds — Novice to Expert’ as the theme. Explaining the reason behind choosing the theme, Dr S Shanmugam, president, TNPY IRIA said the objective is to impart the knowledge and experience to both the residents as well as the practicing radiologists.
“The whole idea of the CME sessions was to inspire the young and experienced radiologists alike by getting them exposed to the advancements in medical imaging. There are definitive takeaways from learning from the horse’s mouth,” he explained.
Even though the fundamentals remain the same, the conference aims to be different every year with the addition of newer practices and modalities. This year, for example, it had a session on elastography. The technique was earlier limited to breast imaging. Now elastography’s application is expanding to various other imaging modalities such cirrhotic liver etc, Dr Shanmugan pointed out.
Despite considerable scope in the profession, Indian radiologists are faced with challenges like the cost of the equipment. The machines get outdated very soon with the advancement of technology. This necessitates radiologists to change their imaging systems within three years. That poses a huge financial strain to radiologists, especially for those practising in rural parts of the country.
Any physician, who can afford to buy an ultrasound device, can start imaging patients in India. In certain specialties, such as in gynaecology, the use of ultrasound is crucial. But it is not always the case and many others, including GPs, use them extensively. Now, with the introduction of the new PNDT Act, the scenario is changing. In fact, the Act is a blessing in disguise, Dr Shanmugam added.
Around 500 delegates, including international faculty, attended the meet. The conference also featured two orations. Dr Arthur Daniel Oration by Dr Krishnakumar on the topic Endovascular Neurointerventional Surgery and Dr Ida Scudder Oration by Dr D Karthikeyan on Cardiac Computed Tomography.
Quantitation CT with Spectral Imaging, a quiz with audience response pads, a piano recital by Anil Srinivasan, a contemporary music festival etc. were the other highlights of the programme.