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Meeting Overview

The CAR 77th Annual Scientific Meeting took place from April 24 to 27, 2014 at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Quebec.

The theme of the event was Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time: Appropriate Imaging Utilization.

The comprehensive program, which featured an impressive roster of national and international speakers, covered relevant topics for today’s radiologists and radiologists-in-training.

Among the excellent speakers, this year's keynote speakers were:

Dr. Ella Kazerooni
University of Michigan Health System

Dr. Lincoln Berland
University of Alabama at Birmingham

MSK Live Ultrasound Simulation Workshop

Meeting participants were offered an opportunity to take part in a MSK Live Ultrasound Simulation Workshop (focus on lower limbs), featuring real patient models. It took place in the morning of Friday, April 25th.

Participants were able to enrol for this workshop upon registering for the Meeting. The additional fee of $100 to partake in the workshop was donated to the Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF) in the participant's name. An official tax receipt was issued.

The number of participants for this event was limited.

Resident Hot Seat Sessions

These small group sessions for radiology residents who pre-registered for this opportunity were a highlight. Residents were asked to interpret a series of images in a simulated setting, followed by practical feedback from experts.

Residents enrolled for these sessions upon registering for the Meeting and paid a fee of $20 plus taxes in addition to the resident registration fee.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the meeting, participants were able to:

At the end of the meeting, participants should have been able to:

  1. Integrate principles of appropriateness of imaging requests into clinical practice. (CanMEDS Role: Health Advocate)
  2. Adopt an evidence-based approach to common radiologic findings to enable the formulation of an appropriate differential diagnosis. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  3. Choose an appropriate imaging modality to investigate patients with acute abdominal pain. (CanMEDS Roles: Health Advocate, Scholar)
  4. Describe an appropriate algorithm for the management of acute chest pain in the emergency department due to acute coronary syndrome and acute pulmonary embolism according to the current guidelines, including special patient groups. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  5. Approach ultrasound examination of the ankle tendons and ligaments systematically and identify related pathology. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  6. Recognize the chest radiographic findings of the most common infectious, cardiovascular and interstitial lung diseases. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  7. Describe selected common head and neck disease processes encountered in community and academic practice, as well as important pathologies and their key distinguishing imaging features. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  8. Apply the current recommendations regarding the investigation and follow-up of cystic adnexal masses and endometrial anomalies discovered at imaging. (CanMEDS Roles: Health Advocate, Professional)
  9. Identify and avoid common blind spots and recognize and avoid common misinterpretations in each of the following subspecialties: neuroradiology, MSK, abdominal and chest imaging. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Professional)
  10. Demonstrate improved proficiency in the diagnosis of common and atypical conditions in pediatric radiology. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  11. Demonstrate competence in specific updated referral practices for the main breast imaging modalities. (CanMEDS Role: Health Advocate)
  12. Demonstrate that professionalism involves a wide array of responsibilities to oneself, to colleagues, to patients, to one’s institution and to society. (CanMEDS Role: Professional)
  13. List strategies to improve work/life balance. (CanMEDS Role: Professional)
  14. Contrast the pros and cons of structured/itemized reporting in diagnostic radiology. (CanMEDS Role: Communicator)
  15. Apply enhanced point-of-care, hepatic and obstetric ultrasound skills. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  16. Discuss the differential diagnoses of common pathologies in a selection of multimodal, multidisciplinary cases. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)



Participants were able to claim the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Canadian Radiologists

The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) 77th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) was an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and approved by the CAR for a maximum of 19 credit hours.

American Radiologists

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians were able to convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA credits was available here.

Canadian Technologists

The CAR 77th ASM has also been accredited by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) for Category A credits. Technologists were to pick up their individual session tracking sheet at the registration desk for Category A credits.

Registration Rates

Registration Type Rate
CAR Member $845
CAR Member - 1 day $530
Residents - CAR Member $240
DI Fellows - CAR Member $240
Medical Student - CAR Member $240
Non-member Participant $1,050
Non-member Participant - 1 day $660
Technologist $525
Technologist - 1 day $335



The meeting took place at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel in downtown Montreal. This venue is located in the heart of the city, only a short walk from local attractions such as the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bell Center, the Old Port of Montreal as well as the bustling shopping district on Sainte-Catherine Street.


Notice: No responsibility is assumed by the CAR for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in materials distributed or described during presentations throughout the CAR 76th Annual Scientific Meeting. Because of rapid advances in the medical sciences, in particular, independent verification of diagnoses and drug dosages should be made.

Although all advertising material on location and in print is expected to conform to ethical (medical) standards, inclusion in this event does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the quality or value of such product or of the claims made of it by its manufacturer and representatives.