His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami Opens the 4th Annual Radiology Meeting in Dubai Today
Experts highlight the need for versatile radiology specialists in the industry
Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 15 October 2019: His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, today officially opened the 4th edition of Annual Radiology Meeting, which is taking place from the 15th to the 17th of October, 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Running under the theme ‘Patient First – Back to Basics’ the 3-day annual radiology gathering aims to focus on the latest trends and practices in radiology and explore how new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are enabling doctors to provide quick and accurate diagnosis, delivering outstanding patient care and transforming this highly specialized field of radiology.
While addressing the gathering during his keynote speech, His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, thanked His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, President of the Dubai Health Authority, for his patronage of the Fourth Annual Radiology Meeting in the UAE.
He said: “Radiology is the field that knows how to employ and utilize modern technologies, due to its importance in the health institutions and establishments, and the technical capabilities of the medical cadres that enable them to keep abreast of the developments and deal with the latest technologies and tools of the future.”
He went on saying: “DHA recognizes the importance of radiology and the value of its role in supporting all departments and specialties, as well as its role in the development of professional practices, and the formation of a comprehensive picture of medical conditions, which enhance the health decisions of doctors. To this end, DHA spares no effort in developing the radiology departments and updating their equipment, while also providing advanced training and rehabilitation programs to ensure excellence and reliable results.”
From his side, Dr. Usama AlBastaki, Conference Vice Chairman, Acting Director of Diagnostic Imaging Department in DHA and Consultant & Head of Radiology Department, Rashid Hospital, said, “As practicing radiologists, who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases using medical imaging technologies, we intend to integrate the 3 core elements of every radiology report – the past, the present and the future of a disease or injury in order to help provide a complete and comprehensive diagnosis. This year, in line with the conference theme ‘Patients First- Back to Basics’ for ARM, we aim to put the spotlight back on ‘patients’ and intend to focus our efforts on ensuring that the best diagnostic image is provided for patients, which will be greatly helpful in the treatment of the disease in a fast and effective manner.”
He added, “With the advent of technology and improvement in the clarity of images and the quality of radiology reports, radiology departments all over the world are increasingly playing a central role in any hospital or medical center. The UAE has certainly recognized the significance of radiology and over the years a lot of investment is diverted towards training and education of staff members, particularly in the use of new technologies for patient management. This year, the conference features the presence of top expert speakers in radiology, who will offer their wisdom on issues that are critically important in radiology including chest X ray, imaging of musculoskeletal diseases, breast and liver imaging in addition to giving delegates a chance to earn valuable CME points through their participation in ARM.”
Mr. Hashim Alawadhi, President of Radiographer Society of the Emirates, Consultant Radiographer at Dubai Hospital, Dubai, UAE said: “ARM is a remarkable event as it brings together professionals from the region and the world to share their insights on a number of topics in the field of radiology. The event this year will focus on the latest advancements in science and technology from intelligent applications to future sciences that would serve humanity and save time and effort.”
On another note, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Executive Chairman, Annual Radiology Meeting said, “Today, the UAE is widely recognized as a leading hub for healthcare and medical investment in the region, offering world-class healthcare facilities and services, attracting top healthcare establishments, the best medical personnel and the most advanced medical technologies. While the UAE in general and Dubai in particular is witnessing rapid urban development fueling a huge demand for quality healthcare services, the emirate is making steady, result-oriented investments in future medical technologies that not only meet the healthcare demands of residents but also boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and education.”
He added, “With this in mind, we are highly confident that the Annual Radiology Meeting in Dubai will not only address the most important scientific and technology challenges of radiology specialists and doctors but also create a robust platform for knowledge transfer and dissemination of education.”
During the opening ceremony program, H.E. Humaid Al Qattami and Dr. Usama Al Bastaki as well as a number of dignitaries from the government and private healthcare sector presented the UAE Radiology Community Award to Dr. Abdulla Al Remeithi, Conference Chairman, Annual Radiology Meeting in UAE, for being the most influential Radiologist and Radiographer while also celebrating his valuable contribution to the radiology industry.
Following the opening ceremony, H.E. Humaid Al Qattami accompanied by a senior delegation toured the exhibition area, where they were briefed by top exhibitors in the field of radiology about the latest technology advances and breakthrough innovations that is revolutionizing the way treatment is meted out to patients.
This year, ARM presented a comprehensive scientific agenda featuring 66 high-level scientific sessions and key trending topics in radiology while also bringing together 50 expert speakers from various countries, who will be offering their key insights for the next 3 days. With the aim of enriching the scientific knowledge of students and radiology professionals in the industry, ARM is providing a great platform to showcase 12 poster presentations by students, radiographers and radiologists, who will showcase their research work and engage with visitors and participants attending this premier scientific gathering.
On the first day, ARM conference featured rich scientific discussions on a range of topics related to radiology including Body Imaging, where experts spoke about ‘MR Imaging of Diffuse Liver Diseases’ and ‘MR Imaging of Steatosis: From Qualitative Imaging to Quantitative’, while a session on Breast Imaging focused on ‘2D, 3D and S2D Mammography – Pearls, Pitfalls and the Arm of the Law’ and ‘Breast Ultrasound Imaging: Pearls and Pitfalls’. In another session on Body Imaging/MSK, radiology experts spoke about ‘New packaging methods of body packers: Role of advanced imaging in their detection’ and a key session on ‘Imaging of Hyperacute Stroke, What’s new?’ and ‘Brain Tumors in the era of Molecular sub-typing and Radiogenomics: Basic Insight’.
Meanwhile, on the sideline of ARM Conference, the Dedicated Radiographers Session included discussions on ISSRT World Radiographers associations past, present and future, Earth Quake in Haiti – Radiographers Role and ISRT Education. In addition, radiology experts also discussed Osteoporosis screening, K-Space, the Vague MRI Concept, Risk Management in Radiology, Everything Technologists need to know about Brain MRI, Management in the Radiology Department and Dose Reduction in Fluoroscopy – Data Analysis and Discussion among other topics.
Furthermore, on the first day, ARM 2019 featured 2 hands-on workshops for the benefit of radiology experts and other industry professionals, namely ‘Advanced Cardiology imaging (Calcium Scoring – Coronary Analysis) and ‘Positioning in X-ray’, where expert speakers demonstrated the use of the innovative full body Manikin that has the full range of motion to its weight and offered insights to undergrad school students and radiologists about its adaptability for teaching and training for position of patients’.
With the aim of enhancing the knowledge-base of radiology professionals and keeping them up-to-date with the latest, ARM offered a number of competitions and scientific activities including a Poster Presentation Competition and the Emirates Radiology Cup for Best Case Research.
Meanwhile, delegates attending the ARM conference can avail a number of CME credit hours accredited by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). While DHA offers 19.5 CME credit hours for conference attendees, EACCME offers 16 CME points for conference attendees. In addition, DHA and EACCME also offer 12 CME points for delegates attending Dedicated Radiographer Sessions (DRS) and 6 CME Credit points for Chest Imaging Seminar (CIS) attendees.
For the first time, ARM features a dedicated Radiology Business Hub – an exclusive networking platform with the aim of encouraging key decisions makers, prospective buyers, leading business professionals and industry experts from various government and private entities to engage in pre-scheduled business meetings and explore potential new business opportunities.
Annual Radiology Meeting – ARM in Dubai is annually organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding with the support of Radiology Society of the Emirates (RSE), Radiographers Society of Emirates (RASE), European Congress of Radiology, Radiological Society of Saudi Arabia (RSSA), Jordanian Radiology Society (JRS), Kuwait Radiology Society (KRS), International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) and UIBC. ARM is sponsored by Canon Medical Systems, Siemens Healthineers, Fujifilm, GE Healthcare, Infinitt Healthcare, AGFA Healthcare and Paxerahealth.