16-5-2015 XV AITRI National Congress & IV Meeting of Interventional Radiographers

The XV AITRI National Congress took place on the 16th May 2015 in the luxurious surroundings of the Grand Visconti Palace Milan, Italy. Four representatives from UCD attended and presented at the Congress.

Dr Louise Rainford, Head of Diagnostic Imaging presented the research undertaken by UCD GEM student Ipshita Banerjee as part of SSRA 2014 activity entitled: “Investigation of clinician opinion of radiation risk communication during the patient consent process, for cardiovascular interventional procedures, in two European centres”. Part of this project involved an SSRA clinical observership in both Dublin and Milan based leading cardiac suites.

Dr Paddy Gilligan, Chief Medical Physicist in the Mater Private Hospital presented: “Current practice in the identification, follow-up and treatment of potential patient skin injury, following interventional imaging examination”.

Ms Michelle O Connor, lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging presented a summary of Interventional Imaging education for radiographers in Ireland: undergraduate and post graduate offerings.  Mr Nicola Gianotti, graduate demonstrator in Diagnostic Imaging UCD and AITRI member moderated the International session with Doc Diego Catania.

AITRI was founded by Dr Diego Catania in 1999 who is the current CEO and who along with colleagues on the AITRI Board has supported UCD SSRA projects in 2014 and again in 2015 with a student placement planned in Florence, Italy. The congress brought colleagues and students from across Italy and supported the sharing of experiences and research. Radiographers and nurses in diagnostic imaging, research, education, radiotherapy and associated technologies related to the interventional radiology participated. The event supported the meeting and discussion of ongoing collaborative activity with several Italian institutes across Italy and SSRA and PhD research students/supervisors in the UCD School of Medicine.