The first annual conference of the Society for Emergency Radiology concluded at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Reserach (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Sunday.
The day started with the delegates having hands on practical experience with ultrasound imaging of the joints and Doppler imaging of the vascular structures of the upper and lower limbs.
Hemoptysis is an acute critical condition wherein the patient coughs out large volumes of blood. There are many causes for this problem. However, the commonest cause in India is tuberculosis of the chest.
Prof Ashu Seith from the department of radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, dwelled on the diagnosis and management of hemoptysis.
He said, "The leaking vessels of the chest can be accessed by a catheter which is inserted at the groin and is advanced into the blood vessels of the chest under image guidance. The bleeding is then stopped by injecting particulate matter to block or embolise the abnormal vessels super selectively."
Dr LBerlin from the department of radiology, North Shore University Health System, Skokie Hospital, USA, discussed the issues of radiation exposure in diagnostic radiology. He reiterated that at present, there was no concrete evidence to suggest that radiation doses in diagnostic imaging increased the risk of subsequent cancer significantly. However, he stressed on the need for the judicious use of imaging techniques in emergency radiology.
These views were endorsed by Prof N Khandelwal, president of the Society for Emergency Radiology and head, department of radiodiagnosis, PGIMER. This was followed by a panel discussion on medico legal issues in emergency radiology.