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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-8
Presidential address


Bhopal, Madya Pradesh, India

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Sharma S K. Presidential address. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2000;10:7-8

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Sharma S K. Presidential address. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2000 [cited 2019 Aug 18];10:7-8. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2000/10/1/7/30623
His excellency Dr. Bhai Mahavir, Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Kakarla Subbarao, Respected dignitaries on the dais, distinguished guests, teachers, delegates from India and abroad, my friends and professional colleagues in Radiology and members of the Health Industry.

At the very onset, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. May the new Millennium bring you all good luck and prosperity to your family in all spheres of your life. It is with immense gratitude to all Members of IRIA that I find myself today in this most honorable position of the President of IRIA. This dream of mine has come true only because of the love and support of all members and due to the able guidance of my senior colleagues. I humbly acknowledge the contribution of my esteemed teachers, Dr. L.H. Athle, Dr. K.N. Kamdar and Dr. M.M. Mehta who instilled into methe love for Radiology. I hope and pray to the Almighty for strength so that I am able to fulfil all my duties and measure up to the confidence you have reposed in me.

The Indian Radiological and Imaging Association since its inception in 1950 has come a long way and has hosted prestigious conferences like the AOCR in 1994 and ICR in 1998. The success of these international conferences stands testimony to the maturity of IRIA. The Indian College of Radiology and Imaging (ICRI) was started in 1975 and under the able guidance of stalwarts like Dr. Kakarla Subbarao and other dedicated workers, this academic wing of IRIA has done excellent work with regular CME programs all over the country ensuring that the rapidly developing knowledge of radiology and imaging does not bypass the radiologists of India.

Here I would like to thank all members of IRIA, past and present, for their collective contribution to the organization and success of these CME programs. It is also my earnest request to the new generation of the radiologists not to forget that just as it is important to learn the newer modalities in radiology and imaging like HRCT, USG, color Doppler, electron beam CT, MRI, MR spectroscopy, SPECT PET, functional and interventional Radiology, it is also equally important not to forget the simpler but basic modalities in the field of radiology. It is not uncommon now to find a radiologist of the new generation who can interpret a complicated M R scan but is unable to understand the wealth of information given by an IVU or chest X-ray. Just as it is absolutely necessary to learn the alphabets before learning to write a sentence, it is a must to understand the basics of Radiology before proceeding to the more complicated investigative procedures. It is also the duty of us, the senior members of IRIA to ensure that ourjunior colleagues have a correct and strong understanding of the fundamentals of radiology.

Diagnostic and interventional radiology is progressing at a tremendous pace and making the role of the radiologist more and more demanding. Development of computed radiography, electronic cassettes and filmless radiology are some of the additional benefits of scientific development. New fields like those of gene therapy are opening up further avenues for radiology. Some time in the future it may be possible to correct many genetic defects with the help of this method. I have strong faith in our young radiologists and am confident that in their hands our patient population will get the best benefits of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. I wish them all success in their chosen profession.

It is said that even after more than 50 years of independence, India has not been able to look after its citizens as desired. Even today our people lack basic amenities such as safe drinking water, sanitation, basic health care and education. It is laudable that our Government is considering steps to ensure basic education for all. As the educated elite of this country, we are morally bound to help in the upliftment of the backward members of our Society. We must remember that a country cannot progress with the prosperity of only one section of its people. Everyone has to lend a hand a help steer our nation in the right direction. As radiologists we can help by devoting more time, resources and energy in practicing diagnostic radiology in places where these facilities are less available instead of concentrating in big cities and towns where in any case health care facilities are superior to those in the villages.

Our country needs better hospitals and health care centres in remote villages and as doctors, it is our duty to help in achieving this end. Adequate facilities need to be ensured for transporting the ill and infirm to the bigger hospitals so as to spread the network of better health care all over the country. Technological advancement has made it possible for investigations to be conducted in distant and remote areas and interpreted by experts in bigger hospitals with the help of teleradiology and telecommunication.

We all know how important it is to ensure a good and uniform standard of basic medical education throughout the country. The entrance examination for postgraduate studies conducted by the Medical Council of India is hence a step in the right direction. However, similar entrance examinations should be held for graduate courses also and stricter methods of evaluation have to be enforced by the Universities. The concept of having medical universities can solve these problems to a great extent. The medical profession picks up the cream of the society and it is necessary to see that this talent is not wasted.

The efforts of the health-care Industry have helped us tremendously in bringing at least some centres in India at par with the best in the world. The medical industry has brought the latest state-of-the-art equipment into the country and helped radiologists in learning and utilizing the recent developments in diagnostic radiology. The

support given to the IRIA & ICRI by the medical industry has helped us in arranging various conferences and CME programs, which are an integral part of our education today. I thank the Confederation of lndian Industry-Medical Division for their efforts on our behalf.

I am extremely happy to inform you that a 30 Mev high powered medical cyclotron is going to be installed at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Calcutta, which will be the first of its kind in India. This will be a boon for medical imaging in this country. Once the cyclotron- produced radioisotopes are freely available, nuclear imaging will gain a new momentum. We are also planning to install a PET in Calcutta once the cyclotron is ready.

The new Millennium has dawned and brought with it the hope and promise of a brighter future for mankind. The rapid advancement of technology has made the world as Global village and has brought continents closer to one another. We have but one planet to call our own and it is for us to keep it beautiful and peaceful without strife or war. It is in our own interest that we should use scientific advancement to make the world a better place to live in

I am indeed blessed to be the President of IRIA at this time when a new century is beginning. I am aware that I have a task of tremendous responsibility before me and it only your ungrudging and unflinching support that is giving me the confidence of achieving my goals as President of IRIA.

I once again express my heartfelt gratitude to all members of IRIA. I wish all guests, members and delegates, a very Happy & Prosperous Year 2000.

Long live IRIA. Jai Hind!

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