This year RSNA honors two international radiology associations with its Country Presents series: The Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (IRIA) and the Egyptian Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (ESRNM).
India Focuses on Unique Challenges
The RSNA 2019 session India Presents: Indian Radiology — Serving a Billion Population, held on Monday, Dec. 2, will feature a delegation from IRIA who will discuss radiological trends prevailing in India and solutions to the country's unique challenges.
The series will begin with a short cultural program and an overview of radiology in India by IRIA National President Hemant T. Patel, MD, followed by a panel discussion on radiology and infectious diseases, imaging trends in oncology and the practice of radiology in rural India and the country's corporate hospitals. Bijal B. Jankharia, MD, will discuss IRIA's breast imaging outreach programs in India's second- and third-tier cities. To showcase one of its major initiatives, the Samrakshan Program, which identifies pregnancies at risk for preeclampsia/hypertension and fetal growth restriction at 12 weeks using ultrasound, Bhupendra Ahuja, MD, will present Evolution of Fetal Radiology: Our Challenges, Our Achievements.
The IRIA recently established a research and education foundation to foster more research in AI, disease-based radiology and sequencing. Two presentations will discuss this new initiative: Radiology Post–Graduate Education in India: Preparing Gen Next by Mohanan Kunnummal, MD, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Indian Radiology: We are all Set! by Harsh Mahajan, MD.
"On behalf of our 17,000 radiologists, I thank RSNA for choosing India as a country presenter," Dr. Patel said. "It's a unique opportunity to share an in-depth view of radiology and culture in our country."
Egypt Takes a Case-Based Approach
Radiologists from ESRNM will present a Tuesday, Dec. 3, session, Radiology in Egypt: A Case-Based Approach, featuring a review of 15 different radiology cases.
Pediatric care in Egypt is concentrated in large, national specialized pediatric hospitals that serve significant geographic regions of the country. Mohamed Elltomey, MD, will discuss several complex and rare pediatric cases from these national centers.
The women's imaging unit at Cairo University is the first academic facility dedicated to the subspecialty in Egypt and Dorria Salem, MD, will present imaging diagnoses from the unit, focusing on rim enhancing lesions and the merits of imaging modalities for reaching a diagnosis. Norran H. Said, MD, will discuss several ongoing research projects using contrast-enhanced mammography and its role as a problem-solving tool in the diagnostic and screening setting.
In a case review on the use of radiology to safely and non-invasively investigate ancient mummies and artifacts, Sahar Saleem, MD, will discuss how archaeological imaging uncovers new information about ancient civilization and helps museums create 3D printed replicas of rare artifacts.
"I hope the Egyptian participation at RSNA 2019 will be remarkable and impressive," said Professor Tarek El-Diasty, ESRNM chairman and head of the Radiology Department, Urology and Nephrology Center, at Mansoura University. "I wish for a very fruitful gathering for Egyptian attendees."