International Conference on Integrated Medical Imaging in Cardiovascular Diseases (IMIC) 2013

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  • The Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announces its inten­tion to hold the Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Inte­grated Med­ical Imag­ing in Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­eases (IMIC2013) run­ning Sep­tem­ber 30Octo­ber 4, 2013 in Vienna, Aus­tria.

    Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases (CVDs) are an impor­tant sub-​group of non-​communicable dis­eases and are one of the main pri­or­i­ties in the health care sys­tems of many IAEA Mem­ber States. Med­ical imag­ing, includ­ing mol­e­c­u­lar nuclear med­i­cine, is extremely impor­tant in that it offers strate­gic advan­tages in both diag­nos­tic and ther­a­peu­tic deci­sion mak­ing. It pro­vides inputs for diag­no­sis, stag­ing, treat­ment, prog­no­sis and follow-​up in the man­age­ment of CVDs. Med­ical imag­ing includes tech­niques such as sin­gle pho­ton emis­sion com­puted tomog­ra­phy (SPECT), positron emis­sion tomog­ra­phy (PET), echocar­dio­g­ra­phy, com­puted tomog­ra­phy (CT), and mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing (MRI). These tech­niques pro­vide an excel­lent oppor­tu­nity to under­stand the pathol­ogy of indi­vid­ual patients and can there­fore serve to facil­i­tate tai­lored clin­i­cal man­age­ment. Each imag­ing modal­ity has its advan­tages and lim­i­ta­tions which need to be under­stood prop­erly by health care pro­fes­sion­als deal­ing with CVDs.

    The IAEA has been apply­ing many approaches for capac­ity build­ing in Mem­ber States to allow them to opti­mally uti­lize med­ical imag­ing tech­nolo­gies. These approaches have been includ­ing train­ing courses, fel­low­ships, expert mis­sions and con­fer­ences, to name a few. In Novem­ber 2011, the Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Clin­i­cal PET and Mol­e­c­u­lar Nuclear Med­i­cine (IPET-​2011) was orga­nized to improve the under­stand­ing of clin­i­cal PET and mol­e­c­u­lar nuclear med­i­cine among Mem­ber States. This was held at the IAEA’s Head­quar­ters in Vienna, Aus­tria, and was extremely well received by Mem­ber States. About 350 par­tic­i­pants from all over the world ben­e­fited from this con­fer­ence. Using a sim­i­lar model, it is pro­posed to hold this Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Inte­grated Med­ical Imag­ing in Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­eases (IMIC2013).

    Objec­tives of the Conference

    The con­fer­ence will cover devel­op­ments in the entire spec­trum of activ­i­ties related to med­ical imag­ing as applied to CVDs. The con­fer­ence will have the fol­low­ing objectives:

    • To eval­u­ate the cur­rent sta­tus of med­ical imag­ing, includ­ing SPECT, PET, echocar­dio­g­ra­phy, CT and MRI, in the man­age­ment of CVDs;
    • To reflect on chal­lenges faced in devel­op­ing countries;
    • To deliver sup­port­ing ‘know-​how’ via con­tin­u­ing med­ical edu­ca­tion pro­grammes in the field, includ­ing infor­ma­tion on the rel­a­tive mer­its and lim­i­ta­tions of each imag­ing modality;
    • To improve the per­for­mance of clin­i­cal prac­tice through ‘read with the experts’ ses­sions and workshops;
    • To inter­act with the user groups (nuclear physi­cians, radi­ol­o­gists, car­di­ol­o­gists, tech­nol­o­gists, radi­og­ra­phers, radio­phar­ma­cists, radio­chemists, med­ical physi­cists and other sci­en­tists work­ing in all aspects of CVD man­age­ment) and pro­vide them with state-​of-​the-​art infor­ma­tion in the field;
    • To exchange infor­ma­tion on cur­rent advances in the field among lead­ing clin­i­cal sci­en­tists from devel­oped and devel­op­ing countries;
    • To iden­tify future chal­lenges and trends, as well as the role of the IAEA and other inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tions in address­ing these.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The IAEA invites par­tic­i­pants to pro­vide high qual­ity con­tri­bu­tions on all aspects of med­ical imag­ing as applied to the man­age­ment of CVDs. Both aca­d­e­mic and prac­tice based papers under the umbrella of the fol­low­ing top­ics are welcome:

    • Mem­ber State expe­ri­ence with SPECT, PET, echocar­dio­g­ra­phy, CT and MRI in the man­age­ment of CVDs;
    • Use of hybrid imag­ing or inte­grated imag­ing in CVD management;
    • Set­ting up an inte­grated imag­ing facility;
    • Radio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­duc­tion using cyclotrons and radionu­clide gen­er­a­tors — includ­ing good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices and qual­ity assur­ance aspects — with spe­cial ref­er­ence to imag­ing agents for CVDs;
    • Issues of med­ical physics, instru­men­ta­tion and image pro­cess­ing and analy­sis related to CVD imaging;
    • Qual­ity man­age­ment, qual­ity con­trol, qual­ity assur­ance and audits in inte­grated med­ical imag­ing and nuclear med­i­cine practice;
    • Radi­a­tion pro­tec­tion for per­son­nel and dose reduc­tion for patients;
    • Train­ing and edu­ca­tion in inte­grated med­ical imaging.

    Abstracts, Papers and Proceedings

    All papers sub­mit­ted — other than invited review papers — must present orig­i­nal work and must not have been pub­lished else­where. Per­sons who wish to present a poster at the con­fer­ence must sub­mit an abstract of 500 words max­i­mum on one of the top­ics listed above.

    Expen­di­tures and Grants

    No reg­is­tra­tion fee is charged to participants.

    The IAEA is gen­er­ally not in a posi­tion to bear the travel and other costs of des­ig­nated par­tic­i­pants in the con­fer­ence. The IAEA has, how­ever, lim­ited funds at its dis­posal to help meet the cost of atten­dance of cer­tain par­tic­i­pants. Such assis­tance may be offered, upon spe­cific request, to nor­mally one par­tic­i­pant per coun­try pro­vided that, in the IAEA’s view, the par­tic­i­pant on whose behalf assis­tance is requested will make an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the con­fer­ence. In gen­eral, not more than one grant will be awarded to any one country.

    If gov­ern­ments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their spe­cial­ists, they should address spe­cific requests to the IAEA to this effect. Gov­ern­ments should ensure that appli­ca­tions for grants are:

    1. Sub­mit­ted by 1 March 2013

    2. Accom­pa­nied by a duly com­pleted and signed Grant Appli­ca­tion Form (Form C)

    3. Accom­pa­nied by a com­pleted Par­tic­i­pa­tion Form (Form A)

    Appli­ca­tions that do not com­ply with the above con­di­tions can­not be con­sid­ered. Approved grants will be issued in the form of a lump sum pay­ment that usu­ally cov­ers only part of the cost of attendance.

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