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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-16
Indian radiological & imaging association


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Bhargava SK. Indian radiological & imaging association. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2005;15:15-6

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Bhargava SK. Indian radiological & imaging association. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2005 [cited 2019 Nov 12];15:15-6. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2005/15/1/15/29183
Hon'ble-chief guest of honour, Dignitaries on the dais, fellow members from various parts of the country, members of health care industry, guests from abroad, representatives from the media, ladies and gentlemen. Good evening to all of you. The (xxxxx) says: "Atithidevo bhav" aptly coinciding with "Vaasuddaiva Kutumbakam" meaning "Universal Family and Brotherhood, which are the immemorial reflection of India around the globe. Kindled, thus with the traditional warmth and hospitality, I welcome you all to IRIA, 2005, at this 58th Annual congress of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association, with folded hands at this historic city of Agra, which holds on its lap the ultimate symbol of love "TAJ MAHAL", which has been one of the seven wonders of the world. The message of love and brotherhood be taken by all of us and implement in our day to day affair of Association.

At the outset, I must say that I am truly, overwhelmed by the faith that you have reposed in me by electing unopposed to the highest office of the president and as the first citizen member of our fraternity on this occasion and take this opportunity to convey my resolve that it will be my sincere endeavour to do something fruitful and constructive and to live up to your expectations and contribute my bit in furtherance and continuity for the excellent work done by my predecessor and past presidents. I will also ensure that a smooth road map is left to my successors so as to put our glorious association on the highest pedestrial of professional forum in India. I am sure that I got the dividend of contribution made by me as Secretary and Chairman of ICRI. But the faith you have reposed on me gives me a shiver but I am confident that your support will see me through.

Indian Radiological Association was founded in the year 1931. Over the past seventy odd years we have grown from strength to strength and today, our family has grown to over 5000 members. This growth has been due to lifetime effort of our teachers, and the earlier generation of some of the most committed luminaries in Indian Radiology. Before I proceed any further, I would like to take this opportunity to honour their memory by recounting the English rendering of a hymn from one of the greatest and the most ancient treatise ever written, Rig Veda, which say:' "A learned teacher is like a beacon. Through him and his disciplined teaching, even the ignorant is blessed with the light of knowledge." Expansion and growth are key to success of any dynamic association. I hope every member of the association will make effort in improving the membership and sincerely request each member of the association to help in recruiting a least two new members to break the barrier of 10,000 during this year. I feel all Heads of Departments should insist on the resident to join the IRIA immediately after joining their institutions. This will help both the association and the budding specialists to be associated with this wonderful association Even as we ponder over this eternal thought, let me share my vision of IRIA with you. As you are aware, the ever expanding and continuous technology explosion in the field of Imaging and Interventional Radiology is keeping Radiology in the forefront and most sought after speciality.

The Testimony, which comes to this statement as an added feature, is the fact that the Prestigious Noble prize in the division of Medicine for the year 2003 has been awarded to Prof. Paul C Lauterber and Sir Peter Mansfield, in recognition for their discoveries concerning "Magnetic Resonance Imaging"

The dependence of our clinical colleagues on our skills has also increased our responsibility accordingly. I earnestly appeal to my fellow members to rise to the occasion and be ready to help our clinical colleagues in emergency situations and be ready to share clinical colleagues in emergency situations and be ready to share clinical responsibility. This will entail us of keeping ourselves abreast with the latest in professional knowledge by regularly attending CME's and workshops, Congresses such as these.

I sincerely hope Indian College of Radiology and Imaging will continue to ensure that CME's held under its banner have a theme and strive to cover all related topics with recent concepts. As a tribute to Senior Citizen, I request the ICRI to take up theme of Geriatric Radiology for the CME, this year.

Since majority of the population is rural, we must be aware of the problems confronting rural masses and must work towards ensuring benefits of latest technology for the betterment of the majority of population who can ill afford it. I feel IRIA must take lead in contributing towards this social responsibility and organize free camps of diagnostic and the various awareness programme using mobile van equipped with Conventional Radiography, Mammography and Sonography with facilities for FNAC sample collection. The local chapters of IRIA with the help of N.G.O.'S and State Govt's should come forward in organizing such camps in remote and needy parts of the country. I am sure Health Industry will be more than willing to help/ Donate the state of the art equipment and consumables for this noble cause. This will help us in propagating the slogan of Cost effective Radiology reaching the remote area of our country.

I also IRIA must persuade Govt to exempt duties and give more incentives for installation of the state of the art technology to health institutions in rural sectors and make it affordable to the poor, who requires it the most. I also request the health industry to extend necessary help in this direction.

The introduction of latest technology has brought undesirable money oriented non-radiology medical professionals encroaching into radiology practice leading to unethical and suboptimal practice. I sincerely appeal to the fellow members not train non-radiology colleagues and avoid practicing in diagnostic centres run by such people. We must compliment and laud the efforts of earlier office bearers for protecting the interest of radiologists in PNDT act and curbing the malafide practice. IRIA must continue to approach appropriate authorities to curb practice of incentives, commissions etc. I look forward to your views and suggestions in this regard from time to time.

We also need to take lead in formulating standard courses for the training of radiographers, CT & MRI and Sonography technicians for proper training of the paramedical staff, who are the backbone of Radiology services. We must try to ensure that institutions having adequate trained staff and proper facilities only are permitted to run these courses so as to produce high quality trained paramedical staff.

Another aspect which needs our attention is radiation protection and safety issues. I appeal to all members to be fully conversant with the existing regulations / laws on Radiation protection. We are morally bound to enforce these laid down regulations / laws for protection of workers and patients from radiation. We must make it mandatory to document fluoroscopy time and radiation dose to patients during every diagnostic and interventional procedure. We must have a database of our own in this regard. We must approach Govt for improving the radiation monitoring services, which I feel is inadequate at present.

ICRI is forging ahead with distinct contribution towards academics since its inception by organizing excellent CME's through out the year all over the country, to raise the standard of Radiology. After establishing its own office at central office, ICRI must try to strengthen the library facilities at its office. ICRI must subscribe to at least seven to eight mutually acceptable international journals of repute and provide password to all life members of association to enable them to access these journal and download articles of interest. This will not only improve the quality of radiology service but also help in improving the scientific publications by radiology fraternity, which definitely needs to be improved.

Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging is an excellent journal and the credit goes to the hard work done by the editors of the Journal. All efforts must be done for its indexing at the earliest.

Friends, it is a high time that we must make out an effort to get Radiology as a subject of undergraduate examination by MCI. This is very essential as large number of doctors passing out from various medical colleges of the country joins state services / go for private practice and work independently.

I feel time has come to revise the textbook to Radiology & Imaging. I look forward for contributions from senior faculty to take out the revised edition incorporated with the latest advancements in the interim period.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as in the past and from this moment of being assuming the office of the president of IRIA, I look forward to your timely and valuable input, support, guidance and encouragement during next one year for achieving some of the fore mentioned objective. I am sure together we can do it and we shall do it.

Your view, suggestions and criticism are the steppingstones to spearhead our pursuit of highest quality oriented development in the field of Radiology. I would welcome them at all times.

Each of us has the same goal as enshrined in the ancient thought of "Sarve Santu Niramaya" which implies that let all be free of disease and suffering. So be it!

Thank you for the patience hearing

Long Live IRIA!

Jai Hind

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.29183

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