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SIR2016

SIR 2016…

Where innovation, research and technology come together to improve patient care.

Vancouver Convention Centre, April 2-7, 2016: No other meeting offers the diversity of topics, the range of learning environments, the unparalleled access to expert faculty and leading thinkers in the specialty.

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A WORLD LEADER IN EMERGENCY RADIOLOGY

This week (December 15, 2015) marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Emergency and Trauma Radiology Division at VGH and the team has a lot to celebrate.

“We are a world-leading program,” says Dr. Savvas Nicolaou, director of the program, which offers CT scans and care, 24/7, 365 days a year. “It’s because of all of the innovation that has taken place within the program – all of the research and the advancement in the acute care imaging setting. We have changed imaging so much that we’re pioneers…trailblazers in the field.”

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VANCOUVER GENERAL HOSPITAL RADIOLOGISTS HELP PAY FOR NEW PATIENT-FRIENDLY CT SCANNER

A new state-of-the art speedy CT scanner at Vancouver General Hospital means patients will no longer have to remain still during a scan, which opens up the procedure to more patients.

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HOW FIVE SECONDS CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS 2015

PDFOn any given day, up to 275 patients walk, wheel or are carried through the doors of Vancouver General Hospital’s (VGH’s) Emergency Department (ER). While their conditions vary drastically – a woman experiencing chest pain,
an unconscious man with severe injuries from a car accident, a disoriented senior with slurred speech – more than half will have at least one thing in common.

 

VGH ED RADIOLOGISTS MAKE HISTORY

Dr. Luck Louis is burning the midnight oil.

Starting October 1, 2013, the emergency trauma radiologist and nine of his VGH and UBCH colleagues began a 24/7 rotation at the VGH Emergency Department (ED). Previously, radiologists were on call between 11 pm and 8 am, a common practice in Canada.

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THE IMPENDING OBSOLESCENCE OF RADIOGRAPH DUE TO THE EMERGENCE OF ULTRA-LOW DOSE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY 2013

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Until now, CT examinations required significantly higher radiation dose levels than a standard radiograph to achieve the same diagnostic image quality. Due to leading edge work by the Vancouver Imaging Radiologists, diagnostic quality ultra-low dose CT is now a reality. The Vancouver Imaging team is the first in the world to publish on ultra-low dose below plain radiograph levels in multiple body parts. The two peer-reviewed articles as published by the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal are attached.

This achievement represents a quantum shift that redefines how radiology will be performed worldwide, and could signify the end of the Plain Radiograph, which has been a mainstay of diagnostic imaging since 1895.

This advancement in CT technology greatly improves patient care & safety by reducing radiation dose levels without compromising diagnostic image quality. The key developments are second-generation iterative reconstruction and new detector technology.

Vancouver Imaging (VI) is a premiere sub-specialty academic Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Group based in British Columbia. Its mission is to pursue excellence and innovation in the delivery of medical imaging programs and services to patients, clinicians and students. The largest radiology group in British Columbia, VI is composed of radiologists who have had previous professorships or sub-specialty training at institutions such as Harvard Medical School, UCSF, Duke University and Stanford University.