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AMSIG Sydney 8 & 9 May 2021

24th AMSIG ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

SESSIONS COVERING: Rheumatological Imaging and Tumour Imaging

On behalf of the Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG) executive, we would like to invite you (again) to join us at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting to be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, in central Sydney, Australia on May 8-9 2021.  

The events of 2020 have impacted on us all in many ways. Not only in our workplaces and personally with restrictions on our movements but also by cancelling and postponing so many of our regular teaching and networking opportunities. Our thoughts go out to those who have had more significant effects than just inconvenience.

However, having had to postpone the meeting in 2020 we are all raring to go for 2021. Our speakers both international and local have re-confirmed that they are also keen to attend. The programme will be almost unchanged.

Our meeting is the principal event for musculoskeletal radiologists in the Oceania region. The coming year’s presentations will largely be on the topics of rheumatological and tumour imaging. The focus on the meeting will be to try to address some of the problem cases which are experienced even in general radiology reporting on a variety of joint and tumour problems. We have invited experts in imaging, orthopaedic surgery, and rheumatology to encourage collaboration between specialties and ensure relevant contemporary radiology practice.

The format of the meeting will be the usual all-day Saturday. Three overseas experts, Anne Cotten, Robert Lambert and David Salonen will be joined by local radiologists and rheumatologists from Australia and New Zealand to discuss imaging of joints, focusing predominantly on recent developments and areas where, even for the musculoskeletal imaging expert, there will be useful and interesting insights. The Sunday morning first session is planned as a mock Tumour Board session with the multidisciplinary group from Royal Prince Alfred illustrating the expert approach to a range of not uncommon and often incidental bone and soft tissue tumours – when to imaging further, when to refer, and newer diagnostic developments.

A limited space half day workshop on imaging of axial spondyloarthritis will be available for conference attendees on the Friday 7 May, bookable at the time of conference registration. We are also hoping to again offer the hands–on Canon MSK US workshop with sonographer Mr Stephen Bird – further details will follow as they are confirmed.

A late development in our planning for AMSIG 2020 was our planned AMSIG Academy – an opportunity to allow radiology trainees to practice viva cases and have some exposure to case analysis by MSK radiologists experienced in the DRANZCR II MSK viva exams. This will also be part of the AMSIG 2021 meeting.

AMSIG members and non-members are welcome to attend, with the conference open to radiologists, rheumatologists, surgeons, sports medicine physicians, radiographers, sonographers, and physiotherapists. Attendees will have the opportunity to update their knowledge in musculoskeletal medicine and imaging, reconnect with colleagues, review the latest technology on offer from exhibitors and interact with experts in various fields.

The Sydney Masonic Centre is well placed in the Haymarket end of central Sydney, well appointed and easily accessible. Sydney is at its best in autumn, generally sunny and not too hot. There are museums, gardens, beaches, restaurants and many interesting activities to occupy accompanying partners or colleagues.

The conference dinner, open this year to non-members as well, will have a limit on numbers, so book early to enjoy the spectacular setting on the rooftop function centre of the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay.

We hope you can join us in Sydney in May 2021.

Drs Cathy Hayter, Jennie Noakes, Julie Schatz, Emily Davidson and Bruno Giuffrè
Convenors

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