A Week of Medical Awareness

It was on 8th November back in 1895 that Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray after working with a cathode-ray box and noticed a fluorescent glow around materials close to the box. As they say, the rest is history. In remembrance of such a discovery, the 8th November has become the International Day of Radiology, a time to remember such a groundbreaking discovery and the ripples still felt in modern medicine. This rounds off a week of medical awareness throughout the world and continues to shine a spotlight on the modern medical industry.

Despite the discovery of X-Rays being made over a century ago, medical imaging technology is still a newcomer to the medical technology world. The MRI machine that has become a staple in medical imaging began as a discovery back in 1946, and it wasn’t until 1977 that a full body scan was done to diagnose cancer in a patient by Raymond Damadian.  With both X-Rays and MRI machines revolutionising the accuracy and reliability of medical diagnoses, at the Medical Imaging Convention a deep look into the progressing capabilities of these imaging methods will be on centre stage.

With medical imaging technology being so in debt to these incredible discoveries, having a theatre dedicated to the amazing further developments in this field is something that has been a staple of the Prysm Medical Portfolio. Professor of Applied Physics Professor Sandro Olivo will be present to discuss the new approach to using phase-based x-rays in order to counter the lack of soft tissue sensitivity that has been a strong argument against x-rays. Sandro has been awarded more than £12 million in research funding, making this seminar an authoritative look into the physical principles of this tech, as well as the current state of the art technology and the future perspectives.

The theme of this years International Radiology Day was cardiac imaging, bringing to light the developments in this field of imaging. Cheerag Shirodaria, the Director of Caristo Diagnostics, will delve into the recent research that has revealed the role of Fat Attenuation Index in the prediction of future cardiac death. This development proves that the Medical Imaging Convention is a hub of progression for medical professionals that highlights the amazing work done by industries within the medical world.

Professor James O’Connor from the University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie will be one such expert contributing to the available learning opportunities as he uncovers the newest methods to track hypoxia in cancer through magnetic resonance imaging. Discussing the newest in ‘Oxygen-enhanced MRI’, Prof. James will look into the current evidence that this technology tracks radiation and drug induced hypoxia whilst also the future guiding of adaptive radiotherapy planning.

Events like International Day of Radiology highlight just how far the reliability and accuracy of medical imaging has come. The Medical Imaging Convention, and indeed the rest of the Prysm Medical Portfolio, will be highlighting these advancements, putting them on centre stage for visitors from across the country to learn about and experience.

Tickets are free and available from the link at the top of the page, and be sure to keep updated with all the incredible announcements still to come.