“We are convinced that” in radiology “what we are achieving in the present will be the success, or not, of the activities of the future”as recalled by the title of a congress that “had a very wide participation: over 5 thousand radiologists in the pre-registration and 1,800”, that is 36%, “are junior members, young trainees or specialists under the age of 33. This bodes well for the future. If in the present we have all these young people who follow the activities carried out in the national congress, the discipline will surely have a future. “Thus Antonio Orlacchio, president of the 50th Sirm Congress (Italian Society of Medical and Interventional Radiology) entitled ‘In the present the future. Radiology: from diagnosis to therapy. Knowledge and competence‘, running until 9 October at the La Nuvola Congress Center in Rome.
On the high participation of the new generations, the president is not surprised: “I think young people do well to choose radiology, one of the most modern and rapidly evolving branches of medicine. In recent years – remembers Orlacchio – the technological evolutions, the updates that we had to follow have been many. Radiology was born in 1895 with the accidental discovery, by the Austrian physicist Wilhelm Röntgen, of the rays that crossed the human body and impressed, at the time, the photographic plates. He called them ‘X-rays’ because it was the algebraic unknown: he didn’t know what it was. Computed tomography – continues the specialist – is 50 years old. Until the 1970s, radiology was analog. Subsequently it became digital “and since then” it has been evolving with the support that information technology can give to radiology “.
Among the topics of the congress mentioned by the president, “one concerns a specific branch of radiology: artificial intelligence (AI) and AI algorithms that can be of support in the diagnosis of radiologists and useful for the improvement of diagnostic tests. The congress devotes a large part to AI both with scientific sessions and with practical activities. There is a multimedia room with 32 workstations with AI algorithms and, on clinical cases, the congressmen can experiment “. Particular importance is also given to the interventional radiology“strictly connected to diagnostics – remembers Orlacchio – We are convinced that the combination of radiological diagnostics and interventional radiology is fundamental for the know-how of radiologists, young and old, but also for the quality of the assistance that can be provided to patients” .
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