Highly Successful Ultrasound Meeting
The Ultrasound team in UCD Diagnostic Imaging hosted a very successful study day on Saturday 14th November 2015 at the UCD Health Science Centre. The day was run in association with the British Medical Ultrasound Society and attracted over 200 delegates from all over Ireland and the United Kingdom. This is the first time the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) has held a study day in the Republic of Ireland.
Ms. Therese Herlihy (Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging) who leads the UCD MSc Ultrasound programme and Dr Mary Moran (Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging) who directs the School’s obstetric ultrasound courses worked with the BMUS team to make this extremely well received study day happen.
The programme focused primarily on gynaecology imaging and ultrasound in early pregnancy and included the latest in best practice guidelines, delivered by Dr Peter McParland (consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital). Surgical input was provided by Dr Suzanne Johnson (an associate specialist at the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton) in order to gain a better understanding of where the ultrasound imaging sits in the patient pathway. Her talk in particular focused on the ovaries and highlighted the key role ultrasound can play in diagnosing ovarian pathology.
Other speakers covered issues such as ultrasound of the normal and abnormal female pelvis, included expert sonographer Mrs Jean Wilson from University of Leeds and Dr Anne Marie Coady, a radiology consultant at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital in the UK. Ms Marion Maher (UCD Lecturer in Interventional Radiology and Ultrasound) delivered an excellent talk on sonographer role development with a focus on fertility ultrasound. Miss Jackie Ross (consultant at King’s College Hospital London and the clinical lead in their Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Assessment Unit) addressed the delegates on the issue of diagnosing and managing Caesarean scar pregnancies.
Reporting ultrasound images can be difficult. So to complete the study day, a master class giving reporting hints and tips was delivered by Mrs Jean Wilson and BMUS development officer, Ms Pam Parker and Dr Rhodri Evans (consultant radiologist at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Wales). This masterclass aimed to give delegates increased confidence in providing comments and reports on the examinations they undertake.
Feedback from the study day was excellent from both faculty and delegates. The day sold out and highlighted a high demand for continuing ultrasound education. The 200 delegates comprised a mixture of radiographer sonographers, midwife sonographers, gynaecologists and radiologists.
UCD and BMUS brought a renowned faculty of experts from the UK and Ireland to Dublin to provide this educational and inspiring packed programme which we hope will be the first of many.
The British Medical Ultrasound Society is a multi-disciplinary body who maintain and promote the highest standards in ultrasound imaging and education. Ultrasound is the investigation of choice in many gynaecological conditions. Due to technological advancements and ever evolving clinical applications, ultrasound has played and will continue to play a core role in the diagnosis and management of many gynaecological conditions.