This 4th IR workshop was held from 15-18 January 2019 at Yangon General Hospital and Mandalay General Hospital. The APSCVIR faculty who volunteered were Dr Yasuaki Arai and Dr Yozo Sato from Japan, Dr Joseph Kim and Dr Je Hwan Won from Korea, and Dr Tan Bien Soo from Singapore. The workshop also welcomed participation faculty from CIRSE, represented by Dr Robert Morgan and faculty from SIR represented by Dr Anne Roberts. The faculty were warmly welcomed by Prof Than Than Sint, President of the MRS, and her colleagues.
The format for the 2 days programme at Yangon had broad topics with special focus on hepatocellular carcinoma and peripheral arterial disease with 3 live cases featuring Transarterial ChemoEmbolization, Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage, Superficial Femoral Artery and Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty. The faculty were again encouraged by the strong audience presence at the workshop.
There was also the 2nd run of the single day IR Workshop on 18th January 2019 in Mandalay. Our Myanmar colleagues, including Prof Than Than Sein and Prof Kyaw Zaya, accompanied by 4 APSCVIR faculty as well as CIRSE and SIR faculty to Mandalay. The 1-day programme at Mandalay had broad topics. There were also live cases featuring Radiofrequency Ablation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Transarterial Chemoembolization. The workshop attracted a good audience number as well.
The 4th MRS-APSCVIR Workshop was again well received and there was consensus that the initiative should continue in 2020, with both Yangon and Mandalay, as development of IR must be based on sustained collaborative efforts. The APSCVIR team would like to note our sincere thanks to:
- 1. Myanmar Radiological Society
- 2. Staff of Yangon Specialty Hospital, Mandalay General Hospital and the Ministry of Health, Myanmar
- 3. Our radiological colleagues from Myanmar
- 4. Faculty of the workshop representing MRS, APSCVIR, SIR & CIRSE
- 5. Industry partners who supported the initiative