CMR Congress of South Africa (SACMR)
Cape Town, South Africa
The didactic sessions were held over 5 days with the last two days dedicated to reviewing cases. The didactic sessions covered a wide variety of topics from basic acquisition, advanced topics and biomedical engineering. Faculty included SCMR Members Ron Jacob, Katia Menacho, Ntobeko Ntusi, and Anna Herrey.
There were a total of 124 attendees (including delegates and faculty). Attendees came from twelve countries (South Africa, New Zealand, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho Australia, Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria, US, UK and Peru). The primary specialty of the attendees were as follows: 33 radiographers, 24 radiologists, 19 cardiologists, 17 fellows, 15 biomedical engineers, 6 physicists, 8 internists with an interest in imaging, and interestingly, 2 anesthesiologists.
99 people registered for the level I program and 29 people registered for a two day case-based program with case review and live scanning, case reading and reporting with experts.
Over the weekend, 60 scans were performed over 2 days and 35 of those underwent the rapid CMR protocol, with an average scan time of about 34 minutes (in part because parametric mapping was added and several other sequences, and almost all patients had LGE imaging). The scans resulted in a change in management and diagnosis in about 15% of patients who underwent the rapid scanning protocol.