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Save the date - ISR partnering with Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society to organize International Congress of Radiology in 2020 (October 1-4)

The ISR Executive Committee decided to reinstate the International Congress of Radiology (ICR) in 2020 in collaboration with the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society (ORMIS). The agreement between ISR and ORMIS was signed during ECR 2019. The congress will be held in Muscat, Oman, from 1-4 October 2020.

The ICR will have a regional focus including East Africa, the Pan Arab, India, Pakistan and China and will include contributions from the continental and national radiology societies as well as from ISR’s partners, including WHO, IAEA, ISRRT, IOMP, WFUMB, WFPI.

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Dr. Saqar Altai, ORMIS President (left), and Dr. Luis Donoso, ISR President,
shaking hands after signing the collaboration agreement for ICR 2020.



World TB Day 2019

Each year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic. This year, we commemorate the 137th anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s announcement in 1882 of his discovery of the TB bacillus, the cause of TB.

Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4,500 lives a day. The emergence of drug-resistant TB poses a major health threat and could put at risk the gains made in efforts to End TB!

On World TB Day 2019 the ISR partners with the WHO StopTB campaign in the call to successfully diagnose and treat 40 million people in the world with TB between 2018 and 2022.

The ISR is committed to promoting patient access to imaging and accurate diagnosis that lead to effective treatment, as well as technical innovations in diagnosis of this deadly disease.

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IAEA News on Radiation Protection of Patients

Medical Imaging: The Right Test at the Right Time
The use of radiation in medical imaging is essential for detecting diseases and saving lives – but it must always be justified. This means the tests must be carefully chosen and only performed when needed, particularly when it comes to children and pregnant women.

Radiation Dose Management in Computed Tomography (CT)
Now available in Spanish. Radiation Dose Management in Computed Tomography (CT) provides continuing education to health professionals on the safe and effective use of CT. This e-learning course explores the technical applications of patient radiation protection in CT imaging. Participants who wish to do so can take a final exam to receive a certificate of attendance.

Posters: 10 Pearls on Radiation Protection
Now available in Georgian.

Two New IAEA Safety Guides on
Radiation Protection of Patients and of Workers

Two new IAEA safety guides provide extensive recommendations and guidance to enhance radiation protection of patients subjected to radiological procedures for diagnosis and treatment, and workers who are exposed to radiation in their jobs. The guides support the implementation of IAEA Safety Standards on radiation protection and safety of radiation sources. The Safety Guide SSG-46, Radiation Protection and Safety in Medical Uses of Ionizing Radiation offers comprehensive recommendations for enhanced radiation protection and safety in medical uses of ionizing radiation,



ISR Executive Committee holds first meeting of its new term

The first Executive Committee meeting under new ISR President, Dr. Luis Donoso, took place in Vienna during ECR 2019. ISR’s key goals for the coming period include strengthening the visibility of the society and its activities, launching a new policy of communication and collaboration with ISR members, increasing its membership base and further expanding its convener and facilitator function regarding quality and safety in radiology and education.

In addition, the ISR Executive Committee will be closely engaged in supporting the preparation and dissemination activities for the International Congress of Radiology 2020, to be held in Muscat, Oman, from 8-11 October 2020. The congress will provide a great opportunity to further strengthen ISR’s ties with other international professional societies as well as with its partners from WHO and IAEA. The Executive Committee members had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Maria Perez, from the WHO Department of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health, and ISR’s designated technical officer at WHO, to the meeting to discuss the workplan of collaboration for 2019-2021.

The ISR is honored that the WHO Executive Board decided to maintain the ISR in official relations with WHO at its meeting in January 2019, based on ISR’s extensive activity report for the previous 3-year period, submitted in fall 2018.

The ISR Executive Committee and Dr. Maria Perez from WHO
convening in Vienna at ECR 2019 to discuss their workplan.



ISR’ Quality and Safety Alliance holds impactful campaign meeting at ECR 2019

ISRQSA member campaigns gathered in Vienna during ECR 2019 to continue working towards their common objective of improving quality and safety in radiology.

Representatives from AFROSAFE, Arab Safe, CanadaSafe Imaging, EuroSafe Imaging, Image Gently, Image Wisely, Japan Safe Imaging, and LatinSafe presented updates on appropriate use/justification/clinical imaging guidelines and outlined obstacles and challenges related to the use and implementation in their regions.

The recently approved ISR/WHO workplan for 2019-2021 was presented and the next concrete steps were discussed: The ISR will work with WHO to review and update the WHO website sections related to imaging. Its strategic work will focus on finalising the concept note on the role of radiology in the global public health agenda for publication. Also, the ISRQSA will contribute to a WHO workshop on ethical aspects of radiation protection and envisages a joint webinar together with WHO.

ISRQSA members stand united to improve radiological quality and safety across the globe
under the chairmanship of Dr. Don Frush (2nd from left) and Dr. Guy Frija (3rd from left).



ISR holds successful meetings with its international partners

During ECR 2019, ISR Officers, ISRQSA Co-Chairs and ambassadors met with representatives of the IAEA (both the Radiation Protection of Patients Unit and the Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging Section), the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), and the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT).

The focus of the meetings was to present ICR 2020 and discuss avenues for collaboration and involvement of its partner organizations as well as to further advance quality and safety in radiology through joint efforts.

From left: Dr. Bibb Allen (ISR Secretary General), Dr. Luis Donoso (ISR President),
Dr. Donna Newman (ISRRT President), Dr. Dimitris Katsifarakis (ISRRT CEO),
Dr. Leon van Rensburg (ISR Executive Committee member and ISRRT liaison person).

In addition, the ISR held a leadership meeting with the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) to welcome the society back among its members and to discuss collaboration within the framework of ICR 2020 in Oman.

IRIA President Dr. Hemant Patel (4th from left) and officers meet ISR President Dr. Luis Donoso (3rd from right) and Secretary General Dr. Bibb Allen (right) during ECR 2019 to renew their cooperation.



ISR co-hosted session on improving radiation protection in medical imaging in low- and middle-income countries

ISR President Dr. Donoso co-chaired a EuroSafe Imaging session on “Improving radiation protection in medical imaging in low- and middle-income countries: past actions and future directions” together with IOMP President Dr. Madan Rehani.

The international professional societies have the mandate and responsibilities to extend outreach to low and middle-income (LMI) countries. In this respect, both the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) and ISR join hands to assess and improve the situation of radiation protection in medical applications of radiation.

The session involved important stakeholders like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Health Organization (WHO) and representative of an important region: Africa. The session deliberated not only on actions taken, results achieved, but also on a vision for the future.

The ISR view was presented by Dr. Guy Frija, ISRQSA Co-Chair who introduced
the ISR concept note about the role of radiology in global public health agenda.

Dr. Maria Perez from the WHO Department of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health summarised WHO's views on the importance of safety and quality in medical imaging for globally advancing patient care and working towards achieving universal health coverage.

The entire session was recorded and is available online at:



Upcoming Events

CIR - The 4th Updating Course. Cancun, 20-22, June/2019.
For the exchange of knowledge, experiences and innovation in radiology and imaging, with the participation of the RSNA in the module of Abdomen and SBI (Society of Breast Imaging) in the breast imaging module. Save the date!




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