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South African Society of Paediatric Imaging (SASPI) report.

We are proud to announce that the highly successful RSSA/SASPI Paediatric Imaging Congress in November 2012 drew 328 delegates and boosted SASPI membership from 36 to 107.


Report on SPR and WFPI annual meetings--2013

The 56th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course of the Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR) were held in May in San Antonio, Texas. Of the 590 delegates, 6 were from Africa, of whom 4 were proudly South African. The SPR Postgraduate Course outlined the current practice of paediatric imaging, covering basic principles, clinical applications and new frontiers in various subspecialties. There were dedicated sessions for cardiac, chest, interventional, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, education and fetal imaging. At the scientific sessions, SASPI members Nasreen Mohammed and Savvas Andronikou presented papers in the Chest and Neuroradiology categories respectively.

Dr James Downing, Scientific Director of St Jude Children's Research Hospital, presented this year's innovative Neuhauser Lecture on the impact of genomic profiles on diagnosing and treating paediatric cancers.

Among the prestigious award recipients at the congress was our very own SASPI Chairman, Professor Savvas Andronikou, who received honorary membership of the SPR.

As SASPI Vice-Chair and Secretary, respectively, Jaishree Naidoo and Vicci du Plessis represented South Africa at the annual meeting of the World Federation of Paediatric Imaging (WFPI). The WFPI is a non-profit organisation that provides an international platform for paediatric radiology societies united to address the challenges in global paediatric imaging training and the delivery of services. At the meeting, the President's and Treasurer's Annual Report were presented, which included feedback on education, outreach and training in lower-resource settings and child imaging safety.

The report on outreach in lower-resource settings was presented by Savvas Andronikou, Chair of the WFPI Outreach & Training Committee. He gave an update on the voluntary tele-reporting initiative at Khayelitsha Hospital, Cape Town, and new outreach movements in Haiti, India, Liberia and Mozambique. He also put forward the justifications and strategy for the establishment of an international TB network, an upcoming and exciting new venture in paediatric imaging outreach.

The SASPI co-executive committee extend heartfelt thanks to the RSSA, including the CME trustees, administrators, CEO and President, the SPR, the WFPI and of course SASPI for affording us the unique and valuable opportunity to attend SPR 2013. The experience not only allowed us to improve our knowledge in paediatric radiology, but also to strengthen ties with international colleagues, with a view to keeping South African radiologists involved in future paediatric imaging activities and outreach projects.

Paediatric radiology roadshow

As a SASPI initiative, paediatric radiologists Savvas Andronikou, Jaishree Naidoo and Tanyia Pillay will visit 2 centres in KwaZulu-Natal, and present series of lectures at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Community Hospital in Durban and at Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg on 26th and 27th August 2013, and will also spend 'hands-on' time in the radiology departments, assisting with paediatric ultrasound and fluoroscopy procedures, and interpreting radiographs and MRI cases.


Vicci du Plessis

Grey's Hospital, Pietermaritzburg
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Author:du Plessis, Vicci
Publication:South African Journal of Radiology
Date:Aug 1, 2013
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