E-news from the
International Society for Magnetic Resonance
in Medicine

Vol. 3, Issue 1, March 2014

Russell Fitz, Garry Gold, Joshua Farber, Leon Janse van Rensburg, Christine Chung and Lynne Steinbach

ISMRM Global Outreach
Cape Town, S. Africa
21-23 February 2014

Organizer: Leon Janse van Rensburg

This much-anticipated course delivered all, and more, than was promised. There was something for everyone: radiographers considered the instruction valuable; registrars where exposed to illustrative cases on anatomy and pathology in a manner that was both informative and practical; general radiologists practicing in both the public and private sectors considered the insights of the renowned faculty members superb and fellowship-trained radiologists discovered new insights into technical aspects that were regarded extremely beneficial.

The international faculty, experts in the field of MSK radiology, was headed by Professor Gary Gold from Stanford University and included Profs Lynn Steinbach and Christine Chung, and Drs Russell Fritz and Joshua Farber. It was a special privilege for me to meet Dr Farber who currently serves on the advisory board of the South African Journal of Radiology.

The South African radiology community was exceptionally proud of the contribution by the members of the South African Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (SAMSIG): its members, headed by congress chair Dr Richard de Villiers, show-cased local pathology in a manner that was a testimony to their combined years of experience and love for the subject.

The highly proficient course management, now a hallmark of the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA) Congress Chair, Professor Leon Janse van Rensburg, and his Continuous Medical Education (CME) team is, as always, much appreciated. The RSSA CME continue to strive toward a goal of maintaining and elevating exceptional standard of radiology practice in South Africa and its affiliated members. This endeavor has clearly been recognised internationally as evidenced by the numerous international delegates from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Australia. The slogan of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) is “One community for Clinicians and scientists”. This global gathering at the southern tip of Africa certainly supports this ideal. With the continued support of the international radiology community, through partnerships fostered by the RSSA CME, we hope to benefit from many more such gatherings that contribute to excellence in the practice of radiology in South Africa.