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  • RSNA 2017 Country Presents Sessions Recognize Colombia, Israel

    Colombia sessions spotlight infectious disease, Israel targets technical innovations. By Elizabeth Gardner


    November 1, 2017

    This year, at RSNA’s 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, the Society honors Colombia and Israel with its Country Presents series, acknowledging the nations that are helping shape the global future of radiology. The sessions will be held Monday, Nov. 27, and Tuesday, Nov. 28, respectively, and can also be viewed live or on-demand through the RSNA 2017 Virtual Meeting.

    Colombia Spotlights Tropical and Infectious Diseases

    In the RSNA 2017 session, “Colombia Presents: Diagnostic Imaging in Tropical and Infectious Diseases,” presenters will discuss advances in diagnostic imaging in treating infectious diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas Disease, African trypanosomiasis and dengue, among other diseases.

    A huge area geographically, the tropics include 134 nations and territories with a growing population comprising some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, said Juan M. Lozano, MD, MSc, president of the Colombian Association of Radiology, who will present the introduction at the session.

    “As regions become more suitable to insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, the prevalence of insect-borne diseases could rise,” Dr. Lozano said. “Radiologists throughout the world must be aware of the diseases of this region, which, due to the constant migration of the population, are diagnosed and treated in hospitals around the world, whether in tropical areas or not.”

    Juan Gutierrez, MD, of Medellin, Colombia, will present the session, “Imaging of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases of the Head, Neck and Spine,” covering how several common tropical diseases manifest in the brain and central nervous system, how to recognize those manifestations from imaging findings, and the risk factors, prevalence and incidence of the most common diseases.

    Monica Ocampo, MD, and Diego Aguirre MD, of Bucaramanga and Bogota, Colombia, respectively, will present sessions on Chagas Disease and a session about tropical diseases of the abdomen. A question session and video presentation, “Colombia, Magical Realism,” is another highlight.

    Closing remarks for both Country Presents sessions will be given by RSNA President Richard L. Ehman, MD.

    Israel Highlights Tech Innovations

    The RSNA 2017 session, “Israel Presents: Radiology in Israel — Experience from the Land of Innovation,” will highlight developments, advanced technologies for bowel imaging, deep learning algorithms, interventional radiology, MR-guided focused ultrasound (US) technology, 3-D printing and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury patients. Presenters will also discuss Israel’s innovative National Image Sharing initiative.

    “As Israel is a start-up nation in terms of technology, the proximity to local companies makes it easy for radiologists and companies to collaborate,” said Jacob Sosna, MD, president of the Israel Radiological Association and chair of the radiology department at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, who will give an overview of radiology in Israel in the introductory session.

    Israel’s tech sector abounds with start-up companies that are developing imaging-related hardware and software, notably high-intensity-focused US and advanced image analysis algorithms, Dr. Sosna said.

    Israel’s National Image Sharing initiative will be discussed by presenter Arnon Makori, MD, director of imaging informatics at Clalit Health Services in Tel Aviv, who will review the current status, describe technological challenges and possible solutions, and discuss policies and best practices in deploying an image-sharing system.

    Other sessions include, “Advanced Technologies for the Evaluation of Crohn’s Disease: Video Capsule Endoscopy, DWI in MRE and Biological Biomarkers,” “Medical Computer Vision Applications Using Deep Learning Algorithms” and “Cutting-Edge Interventional Oncology.”

    Israel, Colombia at RSNA 2017

    RSNA 2017 attendees are invited to learn more about radiology in Israel and Colombia by visiting the Israel Radiological Association booth (#1019) and the Asociación Colombiana de Radiología booth (#1018) throughout the week.

    Attendees from Israel and Colombia will be recognized with badge ribbons during these special courses.




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