Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, the 5th edition of the Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE- ARM, was concluded virtually earlier this month. This unique event aims to bridge the gap between Radiologists and Radiographers and bring them together to discuss the latest technology innovations and advances taking place in the field of diagnostic imaging.
The 5th edition of the Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE- ARM, which was held virtually in light of the current pandemic, witnessed the participation of over 1,000 radiographers and radiologists from around the world. The event focused on the most recent advances in diagnostic imaging, key trends, and practices in the industry, and how new breakthrough technologies are affecting the future of radiology practice. The event’s rich scientific program included 56 lectures and sessions, which were delivered by 45 of the world’s most prominent speakers and field specialists. The sessions covered various key topics such as Breast Imaging, Neuroradiology, Pediatric Imaging, Artificial Intelligence, Body Imaging, Chest Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, Radiography, and Covid-19.
In addition, attendees explored the latest technologies and innovations developed and introduced by 14 distinguished participating brands. The virtual event also encouraged networking through a specialized virtual B2B platform that was developed by the organizing committee to ensure the continuity of business and networking opportunities.
Commenting on this year’s edition of the Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE, Dr. Usama Al Bastaki- Conference Chairman said: “The field of diagnostic imaging is an essential field in Medicine, and plays a vital role in diagnosing illnesses and mapping out treatment plans. This year, especially during the pandemic, people clearly understood the importance of this field, thanks to the critical role it had in detecting the illness through the simple chest x-ray with advanced information even through the delicate high-resolution CT of the chest”
He added: “This year, we took our aim to raise the bridge between radiology and radiography to another level, with dedicated tracks for Radiologists and Radiographers. The event was well perceived by the community of specialists, and we are very happy with this virtual experience.”
From her side, Samar El-Farra, Senior Fellowship Of Advance HE, Chairperson of the Scientific Board of the Radiographers Society of the Emirates (RASE), Registered Member in Camrto Ontario Canada, and Manager of Higher Colleges of Technology Assessment Unit in Dubai, UAE, said: “For years, the Annual Radiology Meeting has been an anticipated event that provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and networking with field professionals. This year, it was delightful to see that the human element was not missing due to the event’s virtual nature. On the contrary, the organizing committee has worked hard on maintaining it and have successfully done so.”
She added: “Attendees were able to connect and network with specialists from around the world, as well as discuss unique cases and pressing topics in the field such as Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19 detection, the latest updates on emergency imaging and much more. Social distancing shouldn't mean being away, and this event has brought us together and given us the chance to virtually meet and support Frontliners with a unique program that enhances knowledge and promotes continuing education.”
While commenting on his participation, Prof. Edward Y. Lee, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Imaging, Associate Professor of Radiology and President of the International Society of Pediatric Thoracic Imaging, Department of Radiology at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School said: “A variety of congenital and acquired disorders can affect pediatric patients, and the ability to diagnose these disorders using the latest technologies makes the diagnosis and subsequent treatment process more efficient and optimal, which is why gatherings like the Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE are so essential, as they support knowledge and skill transfer among radiologists, clinicians in other specialties, and industry professionals, as well as provide an insight into the latest technologies that will help enhance patients’ experience and management.”
Furthermore, participants in the 5th edition of the Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE- ARM, earned Continuing Medical Education (CME) for both the radiologists conference and the radiographer sessions, accredited by the American Association of Continuing Medical Education, and Dubai Health Authority.
Additionally, all sessions are still accessible on the platform and are easily accessible for all registered delegates, as they can log in to replay and watch the lectures until December 4th, 2020.
The Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE- ARM, is the region’s leading radiology event and is annually organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions- a member of INDEX Holding, in collaboration with the Radiology Society of the Emirates. The 5th edition is supported by prominent societies from around the world such as the European Society of Radiology (ESR), Radiology Society of Saudi Arabia (RSSA), Pakistan Radiology Society, Jordanian Radiology Society, and the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists.