As the world is increasingly turning to virtual delivery of both health and education, we are proud that most of RAB's programmes are now delivered online. We would like to thank our many volunteers and supporters for making this shift possible. The positive side effect is that our free programs and resources are available to more clinicians around the globe and we are also starting to see a global uptake.
We are excited to announce our latest partnership with Zed Technologies becoming a project and technology partner of the TIDES project. We recently started into a new phase with more of our volunteer radiologists providing second opinions to some of our partner nations. Read the latest update on TIDES and our other projects here in the newsletter.
We invite you to explore our free resources and programs and also share widely with your colleagues and networks. To help us grow our reach, follow Radiology Across Borders on LinkedIn!
Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful update of RAB's work.
Suresh de Silva
Virtual Abdominal Teleconference (RABecs)
Welcome to country
On 12 June, we held our second virtual teleconference for 2021, covering the important area of abdominal imaging. We covered a range of organ systems and focussed core fundamental material, including an introduction to MRI, with its increasing importance for our recipient nations. In addition to didactic and practical information, multiple live Q&A sessions provided an opportunity to directly engage with the presenters.
There were over 880 registrants from over 60 nations registered for this event, including an attendee from Antarctica!
A special thank you to all our presenters, Drs Jash Agraval, Suresh de Silva, Chien Ho, Katerina Mastrocostas, Lisa Tarlinton and Professor Richard Mendelson. Also to our organisers Steve Hardwick, Trent Rosen and to Anna and Isabella de Silva for presenting the Welcome to Country.
Those of you that are new to RAB might not be aware of the excellent resources in our video library. You can access for free past lectures presented by our volunteer radiologists, technologists, sonographers, radiographers and medical professionals covering a wide range of topics.
Given that Radiology is an important and fundamental “tool” for good clinical practice and management we want to share for free these quality lectures that are not only benefiting developing nations but also the developed nations.
Help us spread the word and share with your colleagues and peers.
Our highly successful mentorship program runs three 12-week cycles this year. We pair mentors and mentees from all around the world to connect in one-to-one personalised and practical sessions.
The program is designed to share both clinical knowledge, as well as to talk about situations we face in radiology in a safe and supportive environment.
In the first cycle from February to April, we had five pairs of mentors and mentees who successfully completed the 12-week program. The mentees and mentors were all sonographers and radiographers, with the mentees coming from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda. Several pairs from the first cycle have formed friendships and continue to stay in touch.
We are accepting expressions of interest for the 3rd cycle in September. If you are interested, register here.
After a short break, we re-launched the TIDES project in June 2021. We implemented a new referral system in partnership with Zed Technologies that allows online referral and image viewing without the need for a desktop DICOM viewer. The new system will allow a more streamlined experience for everyone.
Thank you to all the new volunteers who have joined us this year, we now have 39 radiologists who provide their time to help our colleagues in the Pacific nations.
Here are some examples of cases we have received this year so far.
ZedTechnologies (a TIDES partnership)
Melbourne based Zed Technologies was established in 2012 by Ross Wright and Ronald Li with the goal of improving patient outcomes by ensuring that images and reports are accessible when and where they are needed.
In response to the demise of X-ray film and CDs, Zed has developed products that provide secure sharing of images and reports to radiologists, specialists, GPs and patients.
The company has grown steadily, and, following the recent acquisition of Medinexus from Telstra Health, Zed products are now used to share over 13 million radiology studies per year.
The RAB TIDES project is a great example of how the Zed platform can be used to solve a specific image sharing problem. Pacific Island hospitals, often without PACS infrastructure or reliable internet, are able to upload imaging studies to the Zed cloud and RAB TIDES radiologists are able to access and report on those images from anywhere. New sites can be added in minutes and the system is simple, scalable and reliable.
Zed staff are enthusiastic about working with RAB on this project as they see it as an opportunity to 'pay it forward' by using their unique skills and knowledge to improve capability in the region.
ICRFUpdate (International Certificate in Radiology Fundamentals)
The 43 students from developing nations in the ICRF 2021 program continue their dedication to their studies, committing about 10 hours per week from February to December.
We have been delighted to receive lots of positive feedback:
The best experience in MSK radiology I've had to date. It has already filled in huge knowledge gaps I didn't even know I had.
Helpful clinically and good reference for building future skills in interpretation.
The knowledge and skills I have acquired so far have been wonderful.
I constantly share the new knowledge and new skills I have learnt with my colleagues.
The students share the vision with RAB and the University of British Columbia (UBC) of increasing their knowledge in core radiology to benefit themselves, their colleagues and their communities.
RAB supports their studies through regular webinars and rapid responses to any technical, administrative and clinical issues. All students have successfully completed the first two of the program's eight units:
- Women’s Health
- Neuroradiology including Head & Neck
The fabulous ICRF team includes radiologists from RAB, UBC, and Canadian medical students. RAB is grateful to all of them.
The Australian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG) has supported RAB for several years. AMSIG's virtual MSK conference this year hosted national and international radiologists lecturing on bone and soft tissue tumours as well as arthropathy and spondyloarthropathy.
AMSIG once again provided RAB with initially 6 free passes for people in developing nations to log in and view the conference. Over 50 people from developing nations expressed an interest in receiving free access to the AMSIG conference and subsequently, AMSIG very generously offered a further 6 free passes after the conference for those in developing nations to view the recorded lectures. Both the RAB Board and those lucky recipients greatly appreciated AMSIG's generosity.
AMSIG is also a contributor to the monthly RABinars, including a talk this month on Shoulder Imaging.
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