First RSSA/ICIS cancer imaging course.
An historic 'first': a joint satellite cancer imaging course, presented by the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA) and the International Cancer Imaging Society (ICIS), will take place at the Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch, from 6-8 February 2009. After more than 2 years of careful review and planning by members of both societies, the 2009 Cancer Imaging Course has been created to meet the challenges of advancing imaging in the multidisciplinary management of cancer. The course offers an extremely well-balanced and full programme, presented by an international faculty consisting of 12 highly distinguished Fellows of the ICIS, a Canadian neuroradiologist, and a leading South African endoscopic skull base surgeon. They will address a wide variety of topics important to daily practice as well as the basics of cancer imaging.
A course of this nature is essential and long overdue for all South African and indeed African radiologists. Clinical oncologists, radiotherapists, oncology surgical specialists, and diagnostic radiographers will gain enormously from the course. It will also be of benefit to the wider oncology fraternity, with special emphasis on cost-effective MDCT/ MR imaging protocols and the application of advanced modalities such as PET-CT. It is designed for everyone with a special interest in oncology.
The social programme at the historic Spier Estate will also allow ample time to meet colleagues and initiate new friendships. We gratefully acknowledge the support from all our sponsors. Without them, events like these cannot be hosted; their commitment to radiology, training and teaching is appreciated and indispensable. Thank you! I extend a special word of gratitude to the Fellows of the ICIS, who have made their lectures and images available on CD to all participants; this is unique in the history of the ICIS and demonstrates the enormous commitment of the satellite committee to teaching and in particular to South Africa. On behalf of the RSSA, the ICIS Satellite Committee, the ICIS President, Professor Jay P Heiken, the President elect, Professor Wolfgang Schima, and Professor Rodney Reznek, I invite you to join this very unique meeting. For further details and registration, please go to www.spiercancercourse2009. co.za.
Professor Leon Janse van Rensburg
RSSA Congress Chairman