Ultrasound 2021

As reported earlier this year, the British Medical Ultrasound Society made the difficult decision to move their 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting to an online event.

The 2021 Organising Committee, led by Mrs Terry Humphrey, have produced a hugely informative and exciting programme. Never before have the issues facing the NHS been so challenging and with this in mind the theme for the 2021 meeting is ‘Striving for excellence’.

Rather than the usual three-day meeting, the online meeting is being delivered over a two-week period from Monday, November 29, until Thursday, December 9, 2021 enabling delegates to watch and access sessions at convenient times. This extended timeline for the event facilitates access to even more of the sessions than usual. The conference portal will remain open until April 2022 allowing registered delegates time to watch / re-watch sessions at their leisure.  A variety of registration packages are available incorporating either the entire programme or specific sessions. Details are available here.

Professor Carmel Moran will deliver the keynote eponymous Donald MacVicar Brown keynote lecture entitled ‘Ultrasound in translational research – of mice and (wo)men!’.  As professor of translational ultrasound at the University of Edinburgh, director of their preclinical ultrasound imaging facility and a past president of BMUS (2015-2016), Professor Moran is an inspirational ultrasound enthusiast with a vast knowledge in medical ultrasound, and this will be a lecture not to be missed.

BMUS have a packed educational programme planned which will hold interest for all. Highlights include excellent gynaecology and obstetrics streams with what will be a lively debate on Tuesday, December 7 at 19.30 addressing the continuing professional dilemmas facing obstetric ultrasound practitioners particularly in light of the added pressures of Saving Babies Lives v2 and new COVID-19 systems of work.

The training stream will cover transition into practice, resilience and communication skills. This is an exciting forum for students, trainees and newly qualified sonographers to present their work. The professional issues stream will explore the challenges and opportunities of both professional and clinical development with guidance on achieving what you deserve, whilst physics sessions will explore new technologies enabling ultrasound practitioners to get the most out of ultrasound equipment.

With new laws regarding presumed consent for organ donation in force from 2020 likely to result in increasing requests for the ultrasound assessment of organ transplants, guidance for technique and imaging will be included in the general medical and paediatric stream. The role of ultrasound and its place in the acute patient pathway, diagnostic challenges in musculoskeletal practice and vascular sessions will all contribute to make a comprehensive and valuable educational programme.

The BMUS meeting would not be complete without a contribution from their industry partners. BMUS are pleased to report that a number of ultrasound companies will be delivering online sessions, and delegates will have the opportunity to watch practical demonstrations of equipment and interact will the AXrEM group of manufacturers.

A debate hosted by AXrEM will take place on Wednesday, December 8 at 19.00 ‘The role of ultrasound in community diagnostic hubs’ this will discuss the need to transform diagnostic services delivery in the NHS. In particular the need to provide more community-based diagnostic facilities, closer to patients’ homes, away from acute hospitals and in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the recent report Recovery and Renewal – Report of the Independent Review of Diagnostic Services for NHS England. Overarching these discussions will be around the important role that ultrasound will play in these hubs.

The debate will be hosted / chaired by Lord Chris Rennard and confirmed panel members for the debate include Professor Sir Mike Richards who was commissioned to undertake a review of NHS diagnostics capacity (NHS Long Term Plan), Pamela Parker, BMUS president and consultant sonographer at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Professor Adrian Lim, BMUS president-elect and professor of practice and consultant radiologist at Imperial College London and Healthcare NHS Trust, Andy Howlett, director of Diagnostics, Medicines and Pharmacy Improvement at NHS England & Improvement, Roy Tappin, region general manager UKI Ultrasound, GE Healthcare and Harshal Vadera, head of ultrasound, Siemens Healthineers.

All industry content is free to watch, so those without funding can still take part in the online conference.  To register for these sessions only, please click here and use the booking link.  Delegates registering for the conference can add these sessions whilst choosing their packages.

Put the November 29 – December 9 dates in your diary now and join BMUS for lively debate and discussion throughout!

This news story has been sponsored by the companies concerned and does not represent the views or opinions of RAD Magazine. Visit our dedicated BMUS conference page to find out more.

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