Highlights from the 2017 ASM


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This year's Annual Scientific Meeting, held from April 20 to 23 in Montreal, marked the 80th Anniversary of the Canadian Association of Radiologists. With over 450 attendees from across Canada and around the world, the meeting featured relevant talks by leading radiologists and healthcare professionals, excellent networking opportunities, and cutting-edge technology.

This year’s keynote speakers held fascinating talks based on the meeting’s theme of Radiology Care: A Value-Driven Approach. Some of this year’s most memorable sessions included:

  • 80 Years of CAR – Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, Chair of the ASM working group, took the audience on a journey through the rich 80-year history of the CAR: the successes and accomplishments, but also the challenges it has faced and continues to face.
  • Changing Acute Stroke: A Journey – A captivating talk by Dr. Mayank Goyal, Professor at the Department of Radiology and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, and Director of Imaging and Endovascular Treatment at the Calgary Stroke Program
  • Empathy and Patient Engagement in 21st-Century Radiology – Dr. Brian Goldman, CBC Radio Host of White Coat, Black Art, discussed how taking the patient and family perspective leads to stronger radiologist-patient relations, and can lead to concrete improvements in health care.
  • CAR Hot Topics – with widely opposing views, Dr. Robert Ouellet and Dr. Brian Day, both Past Presidents for the CMA, and Dr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Health Minister, discussed the future of health care in Canada and radiology’s role within it; moderated by André Picard, health columnist at The Globe and Mail.
  • Debate: Is AI a Force for Good DI? – Drs. Jonathon Leipsic, An Tang, Michael Barry and Marco Essig took on opposing views of the role artificial intelligence could play in radiology’s foreseeable future and how radiologists should be dealing with the challenges and opportunities.


Dr. Jonathon Leipsic – 80 Years of CAR

Dr. Mayank Goyal – Changing Acute Stroke

Dr. Brian Goldman – Empathy and Patient Engagement in 21st-Century Radiology

Drs. Jonathon Leipsic, An Tang, Marco Essig and Michael Barry taking part in a debate

Residents at the ASM

The meeting’s programme once again featured the hugely popular Resident Track, which, this year, attracted a record number of resident-participants. The track included a Resident Review, Junior and Senior Hot Seat Sessions for Residents, and a post-residency panel discussing tips and tricks for the first year out of residency. The residents were also invited to attend the Radiologists-in-Training Reception for a chance to network and meet members of the CAR’s Board of Directors.

CAR Awards Ceremony and Winners

As part of the ASM, the CAR hosted an Awards Ceremony to recognize the winners of the CAR prestige awards, as well as the ASM contest winners. The evening was also the perfect opportunity to thank Dr. Willie Miller for his dedicated service to the CAR as President from 2015 to 2017, to welcome our incoming CAR President, Dr. Emil Lee, and to recognize the CAR Board Members who are stepping down: Drs. Mitchell Wilson, Cheri Canon, Robert Sevick, and Jacques Lévesque, Past President of the CAR. All Past Presidents who were present at the event took to the stage for their traditional toast.

Changing of the guard: Dr. Miller congratulating Dr. Emil Lee

Dr. Miller thanking Dr. Lévesque for his many years of service with the CAR

Past Presidents’ Toast. From left to right: Drs. Lawrence Stein, Jacques Lévesque, Ian Hammond, Ted Lyons, David Vickar, Willie Miller, and Emil Lee.

We would like to thank Dr. Bruce Forster for hosting the event with such aplomb, and Dr. Ian Hammond for presenting the award winners with their prizes on behalf of the Canadian Radiological Foundation. The CRF generously sponsors the awards for the Radiologists-in-Training, Educational Exhibit, Scientific Exhibit, and the Departmental Clinical Audit Projects contests. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Dr. Bruce Forster hosing the CAR Awards Ceremony (left)
Dr. Ian Hammond presenting the ASM contest awards (right)

CAR Awards Ceremony Attendees

CAR Gold Medal Award

The CAR was exceptionally proud to present the CAR Gold Medal Award to Dr. Raquel Z. delCarpio-O’Donovan, only the third woman to receive the prize. Dr. delCarpio-O’Donovan was honoured with a standing ovation by her peers. She was joined by her friends and family, and also by Mr. Augusto de Cossío Klüver, Peruvian Consul General.

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Dr. Willie Miller, President of the CAR, congratulating
Dr. delCarpio-O’Donovan on her CAR Gold Medal Award win (left)
Dr. delCarpio-O’Donovan giving her CAR Gold Medal Award acceptance speech (right)

CAR Distinguished Career Achievement Award

The CAR was proud to present Dr. Karel ter Brugge with the inaugural CAR Distinguished Career Achievement Award. Although Dr. ter Brugge could not attend the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, he honoured us with his presence on Friday during the cocktail event, where Dr. Willie Miller presented him with his award.

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Dr. Willie Miller, presenting Dr. ter Brugge with the
CAR Distinguished Career Achievement Award (left)
Dr. ter Brugge accepting his award (right)

CAR Young Investigator Award

The CAR was pleased to present the CAR Young Investigator Award to Dr. Nicola Schieda. Although he could not accept the award in person, he prepared a moving acceptance speech which was delivered by his colleague, Dr. Ania Kielar, who accepted the award on his behalf.

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Dr. Ania Kielar accepting the CAR Young Investigator Award on behalf of Dr. Nicola Schieda

Contest Awards

The ASM Contests included excellent submissions from across the country and covered a vast array of research topics and projects. Awards were presented during the Awards Ceremony by Dr. Ian Hammond, President of the Canadian Radiological Foundation.

Departmental Clinical Audit Projects Contest

1st place: Mitchell Wilson (pictured on right), University of Alberta -- PICA and pericallosal artery origin inclusion in magnetic resonance angiography with time-of-flight technique for aneurysm screening and surveillance

2nd place: Tetyana Maniuk (pictured on left), University of Ottawa -- Quality Initiative Project assessing the impact of TIRADS on net number of thyroid biopsies and adherence of TIRADS-reporting by radiologists



Scientific Exhibits

1st place: Tracee Wee (pictured on left), University of British Columbia -- Predictive value of selective ultrasound screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip performed at a single institution

2nd place: Rebecca Spouge (pictured centre) and Kathryn Darras, University of British Columbia -- Identifying the Challenges with Radiology Electives: Student and Faculty Experiences at a Large Distributed Medical School

3rd place: Amar Suchak, University of Calgary -- Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Practical Approach


Educational Exhibits

1st place: Fahad Essbaiheen and Carlos Torres, University of Ottawa -- The Lumbosacral Dural Sac: Imaging Anatomy and Pathology

2nd place: Parikh Kushal, University of Michigan -- Capital equipment procurement process at a quaternary academic center: a resident’s perspective

3rd place: Klaudia Jumaa, Western University -- Breast Side Story: Secrets Told by Mammography


Radiologists-in-Training Awards

1st place: Jessica Common (pictured on right), Memorial University of Newfoundland -- Reducing Wait-Time for Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Impact of a Multidisciplinary, Centralized Referral Program

2nd place: Naoya Shatani, University of British Columbia -- The relevance of abdominal radiographs in the evaluation of children with coin ingestion

3rd place: Andrew D. Brown (pictured centre), University of Toronto -- Automating Medical Imaging Protocol Selection: A Feasibility Study of Machine Learning in Quality and Safety

Click here to view a list of all past winners

Obtaining Credits and Certificate

The CAR 80th Annual Scientific Meeting was an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the CAR for a maximum of 18 credit-hours.

Participants in the HRCT of the Chest - A Hands-On Practical Workshop of Diffuse Lung Disease are eligible to claim a maximum of 9 credit-hours (3 credits per hour) under Section 3 of the RCPSC MOC Program.

If you attended the meeting and have not yet done so, you can download a certificate of attendance. Participants should only claim the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To document your learning in the RCSPC MAINPORT portal, visit mainport.royalcollege.ca.

Announcement: Winner of Weekend in Montreal

Delegates who reserved a guest room via the CAR room block at Le Centre Sheraton during the CAR 80th ASM were eligible for a draw for a free weekend stay at Le Centre Sheraton. We are pleased to announce that the winner is Dr. Christopher Lightfoot. Congratulations!

The 81st Annual Scientific Meeting

Mark your calendars now for the 81st ASM, to be held in Montreal from April 26-29 at Le Centre Sheraton. The theme of the event will be Artificial Intelligence: In an Era of Personalized Medicine.


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