International Radiology Conferences

International Radiology Conferences

RAD-AID Conference (held in main hall of WHO in Washington) is an international radiology conference for developing countries

There are many international radiology conferences offering a range of clinical instruction and research updates for radiology professionals. RAD-AID is pleased to offer a very unique international radiology conference on the development of medical imaging in poor and developing countries with low and middle-income health care economies.  The RAD-AID Conference is designed for physicians (radiologists and non radiologists), radiologic technologists, radiology residents/fellows, medical students, nurses, sonographers, physician assistants, radiation therapists, information technology professionals, public health specialists, medical engineers, as well as nonprofit and business leaders. Unlike other international radiology conferences, the RAD-AID Conference is specialized in the presentation and discussion of radiology outreach projects in poor regions of the world for the implementation of medical imaging in medically under-served communities.

The World Health Organization reports that approximately half of the world’s population lacks access to radiology services, such as MRI, CT, x-ray radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and fluoroscopy. The RAD-AID Conference discusses health care disparity and the impact of scarce radiologic resources, to find new solutions for radiology implementation in impoverished populations. How can ultrasound be made more available for prenatal care in Africa? How can cancer screening, staging and diagnosis, be made available to poor populations in Asia, Latin America and Africa, where medical imaging is currently inadequate,  nonfunctional or absent? How can basic x-ray radiography be implemented in trauma care centers of the developing world? These are some of the essential questions that the annual RAD-AID Conference aims to discuss and answer, through expert presenters and interactive audience participation.

Presentations at the RAD-AID Conference cover a broad range of nations, including Haiti, Guyana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and others (see RAD-AID country programs).The speakers describe strategic approaches to project development, to report on what programmatic features were successful and what challenges were encountered. Themes of the presentations include public health, international policy, economics, clinical models, education, and technology innovation. How can radiology residents conduct international electives? What is the best way to train in-country personnel in resource-poor medical facilities? How can online-learning assist the development of global radiology? How feasible and practical are low-cost x-ray and tablet-based portable ultrasound for developing countries? Are digital imaging and Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) the answer for bridging health care gaps? Can teleradiology and telemedicine address human resource shortages? These are just a few of the many important questions covered at the RAD-AID International Conference. 

RAD-AID Conference is a unique international radiology conference focused on increasing and improving radiology for poor and developing countries.

The RAD-AID Conference began in 2009, held at Johns Hopkins, and grew more than 400% to an attendance of approximately 250 people in 2015. Due to immense success of the RAD-AID Conference, the World Health Organization became a co-sponsor of the meeting in 2015, and the forum is now held at the World Health Organization complex in Washington DC, in the Pan American Health Organization Building (photo).

To reinforce the educational goals of the meeting, the RAD-AID Conference offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and technologists. The RAD-AID Conference offers a unique environment for attendees to meet others who share an interest in international development, global health, poverty-alleviation and radiology. As a critical component of health care delivery, radiology needs to be present in a health care system in order to ensure the best surgical, medical, obstetric, and pediatric care, since medical imaging is a part of nearly all health care delivery pathways.

Participation in the RAD-AID Conference can enable participants to form their own projects, find volunteer opportunities, meet potential RAD-AID team members, develop ideas for future pathways, join existing RAD-AID project teams, and learn leadership skills. Those interested in forming a RAD-AID Chapter can meet other chapter members (see chapter list) and leaders for more information and possible collaboration. The RAD-AID Conference enables the participants to explore the realm of global health and create new ideas for empowering radiology in poor and developing countries. We encourage you to explore the world with RAD-AID and learn how you can make a difference at the RAD-AID Conference.  For more information on the RAD-AID Conference, please visit our registration and agenda page. You can sign up below for email alerts, so that you can hear more about the meeting and be informed about the planned topics. 

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RAD-AID’s mission is to increase and improve radiology resources in the developing and impoverished countries of the world. Radiology is a part of nearly every segment of health care, including pediatrics, obstetrics, medicine and surgery, making the absence of radiology a critical piece of global health disparity. We welcome you to attend one of the premier international radiology conferences and learn how RAD-AID advocates for medical technology in poor and developing countries.