6 January 2015
By Dr Shantini A. Arasaratnam
It was again an overwhelming response for 2014 Breast Seminar which was held on 26 - 28 September 2014 at Grand seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
A total number of 253 participants attended the seminar. Participants considered the 2014 Breast Seminar to be an interesting and fruitful seminar as it met the objective to provide training and updates in the field of Breast Imaging to all participants.
The first day was allocated for Radiographers where 4 topics were highlighted in the morning session. The topic on Mammography history was very interesting given by Dr.Thajunnisa Hassan Mohd where we can see the progress of mammography services in Malaysia. In the afternoon the lectures were on Quality control and Soft Skill and communication. It was very informative and educational.
Second day was a busting and busy day for Radiographers with their workshop activities in 4 hospitals namely Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Putrajaya, Hospital Sungei Buloh and University Malaya Medical Centre. Stereotactic biopsy was a new session beside Positioning in mammography, Quality Control in Digital mammography and PGMI Image classification. The feedback showed that the participants were very satisfied and happy with the updates and hands on sessions.
While Radiographers were busy with workshops the Radiologists enhanced their proficiency in a wide variety of breast imaging topics given by various renowned speakers. The topic on 'Spectral lesions on Mammograms' is a new breakthrough in breast imaging.
A different approach ie a DIALOGUE session was introduced in the 2014 seminar for better team work in the management of patients with breast diseases. The panellists for the Dialogue session were Radiologists, Breast surgeons and Oncologist. A lot of issues were discussed including mammogram reporting, effective appointments and survellience. This session definitely improved the understanding among the breast team members. No doubt this year, 2014 was another interesting and fruitful breast seminar.
Dr Shantini A. Arasaratnam