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Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)
Canadian Association of Radiologists
74th Annual Scientific Meeting
Mark Your
Calendars Now!
April 28 to May 1, 2011
Montréal, Québec

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CAR CT Colonography Simulation Workshop

RSNA - Mark Your Calendar for the CAR Canadian Reception

CAR’s 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting

Your CAR 2010 Annual General Meeting and 2010-2011 Board of Directors

Some highlights on CAR Quality Assurance Initiatives

Your Voice of Radiology

Your CAR Dues and New Membership

Donate to your Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF)

An Update from your Canadian Association of Radiologists
September 2010

Mark Your Calendar for the CAR 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting –
April 28 to May 1, 2011

The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) 74th Annual Scientific Meeting will take place from April 28 to May 1, 2011, in Montréal, Québec, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting is being held jointly with the 47th Annual Meeting of the Société canadienne-française de radiologie (SCFR).

The meeting’s theme is Image Wisely - Image with Care.

Keynote Speakers include: Dr. James Brink and Dr. Bruce Hillman.

Scientific program tracks will include: Imaging Safely, Future Development in Radiology, Radiology: Not Just a Nine-to-Five Job, Coronary CT Angiography Simulation Workshop, Head to Toe Oncology, Women’s Imaging, Body Imaging, MSK, Plain Film, a new extended Residents’ Review Session, Radiologists-in-Training Contests and Awards, and more...

We are pleased to offer another high-quality Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course for radiologists on April 26 and 27, 2011, where participants use state of the art specialized mannequins on location at the University of Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine Medical Simulation Centre.


CAR CT Colonography Simulation Workshop –
September 30 to October 1, 2010

A second CAR CT Colonography workshop for 2010 will be held from September 30 to October 1 in Québec City. This event is being held in collaboration with SCFR. Registration is now full.


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RSNA - Mark Your Calendar for the CAR Canadian Reception –
November 28, 2010

As is tradition, the CAR will host a Canadian Reception during the RSNA meeting in Chicago. It will be held on Sunday, November 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Adams Ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton hotel (17 East Monroe St.). RSVP to Elise Catudal at or 613 860-3111, ext. 205 by November 17 if you are able to attend (you may bring guests and colleagues, however please advise the CAR). We look forward to seeing many of you there!


CAR’s 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting

The CAR’s 73rd Annual Scientific meeting (ASM), held in Montréal from April 22 to 25 was a great success with nearly 350 attendees, an expanded Exhibition space for our industry sponsors and a program of exceptional calibre.

In the opening address Your Radiology Department in 2020, Drs. Elliot Fishman and Paul Chang provided a riveting reminder of how radiologists (and the CAR on your behalf) must create a brighter future for radiology. It set the tone for a thought-provoking meeting. Every country faces unique challenges in the provision of radiology care, and the opportunity Canadian radiologists had to exchange information and ideas with each other afforded tremendous additional value throughout the event. 

Other highlights of the meeting included a live ultrasound scan, a new Coronary CT Angiography Simulation Workshop and these sister events: the Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT) Conference, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course for radiologists, and a CAR International Guidelines Symposium. We also held a Radiology Leaders meeting to facilitate an exchange with and among our colleagues in provincial radiology associations – working together is the key for a stronger future for Canadian radiology.

Thank you to our volunteer 2010 ASM Working Group who worked with CAR staff to make the meeting such a success – Drs. Bruce Forster (Chair), Céline Bard, Raquel del Carpio-O’Donovan, Phyllis Glanc, Willie Miller and Neety Panu. Kudos!!


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Your CAR 2010 Annual General Meeting and 2010-2011 Board of Directors

The CAR’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on April 24 during the CAR ASM. We are pleased that among the highlights reported was a positive financial position for the CAR for 2009. Look for your CAR 2009 Annual Report with more details coming soon.

Your 2010-2011 CAR Board of Directors was elected by members at the AGM. The Board, pictured here, has been hard at work for several months now. We also extend deepest gratitude to Board members who this year completed their term: Drs. Andrew Mason, Raquel del Carpio-O’Donovan and Ryan MacDougall.


Some highlights on CAR Quality Assurance Initiatives

Since our last update in March, the CAR has adopted updated CAR Standards for Irreversible Compression in Digital Diagnostic Imaging within Radiology. Keep an eye out for more to come in Fall 2010.

In June we held a CAR Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) Reviewer Training session in Ottawa. Sessions like these are essential in maintaining an accreditation program of the highest quality. Our Reviewer Training program was made possible through collaboration with the American College of Radiology (ACR) and guest speaker Dr. Brett Parkinson. The MAP has a vibrant working group of dedicated volunteers, and as our Program continues to grow we seek more radiologist and physicist volunteers to participate as our analogue and digital reviewers. To find out more contact Andrea Nelson, Director, Quality Assurance at


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Your Voice of Radiology

With the ever-growing strain on the healthcare system it is critical to ensure that radiology’s voice is heard far and wide. The CAR is contacted by the media numerous times each month. Recent requests centred on radiation safety and CT use, appropriate diagnostic imaging exams, and factors impacting quality imaging results.

The CAR was recently featured in Imaging Management journal. The current edition, which has a devoted section to radiology in Canada, ran articles from our very own President, Dr. Ted Lyons, as well Dr. Louise Samson, Chair of both the CAR Lifelong Learning Working Group and the CAR CME/CPD Working Group, and Dr. Martin Reed, Board member and Chair of the CAR Guidelines Working Group. Look for the articles in Volume 10 Issue 3 of the journal, or online at (available soon).

Since our last update in the spring, we have participated in numerous meetings and conferences.

In March, CAR President Dr. Ted Lyons and Guidelines Working Group Chair Dr. Martin Reed attended the European Congress of Radiology (ECR). In addition to presenting posters on Guidelines in the Electronic Age and Comparison of National Radiology Guidelines, the meeting afforded tremendous opportunity to meet with our international colleagues and leaders. Also in March, Dr. Reed was part of a group of renowned international leaders invited to a radiation safety consultancy held by the World Health Organization (WHO). There, Dr. Reed presented three talks on Guidelines Effectiveness, Implementation by Computerized Order Entry Systems, and The CAR Guidelines Initiative. Dr. Reed had yet another opportunity to speak of the Canadian experience and expertise at the Guidelines International Meeting in September where he gave two presentations – Involving Decision Makers in Guidelines Research: a Case Study and Assessing the Evidence for Diagnostic Imaging Guidelines: Going Beyond Accuracy. Canadian radiology not only benefits from gaining international knowledge but contributes tremendously to building that knowledge.

We are pleased to share that at the Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in May, the CAR received an Award for Excellence in Communications. CAR President Dr. Ted Lyons was present to accept the award from ACR President Dr. Carol Rumack. As a chapter of the ACR, CAR members receive special member benefits at the ACR.

We also attended the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) which was held jointly with the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale et en radio-oncologie du Québec. Part of that meeting included a roundtable discussion among national and provincial imaging organizations which focused on issues such as appropriate imaging and radiation exposure.

Radiation protection is an area in which your CAR is active on numerous fronts. The CAR is part of a National Research Council advisory committee on the topic, and we remain in contact with Health Canada’s Radiation Protection Bureau to foster critical radiologist input into this important area.

Among some of the other international relationships the CAR maintains is as a member of Image Gently, the International Society of Radiology and Colegio Interamericano de Radiología. All our international relationships allow the CAR to help advance Canadian radiology with a global perspective.


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Your CAR Dues and New Membership – Please pay NOW!

Your CAR is only as strong as its membership! If you have not yet done so, we invite you to renew your membership for 2010, or to contact the CAR office and become one of the newest voices of the CAR you can renew by paying either online or by calling 613 860-3111, ext 204 for more information.


Donate to your Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF)

The CRF is currently contributing to critical international efforts for more efficient and effective medical imaging. In addition to sponsoring the CAR International Guidelines Symposium this year, the CRF supports our Canadian contribution, through the International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) and World Health Organization (WHO), on the establishment of international imaging guidelines. To enable this and other work of the Foundation, please provide a donation when you pay your CAR dues, or at anytime by contacting the CAR office.

Our warmest regards,

Adele Fifield, O.Ont., CAE, B.A., B.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Association of Radiologists

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