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Fulfilling a pioneering radiologist's vision

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Foundation to provide continuing education for students The Foundation's agenda includes workshops in interventional radiology, providing guidance to students on the specialisation and career counselling

CHENNAI: The Prof. Arcot Gajaraj Educational Foundation, which was floated on Thursday to commemorate pioneering radiologist Arcot Gajaraj, will launch an educational website and organise annual continuing medical education events to update students and practitioners on advances in diagnostic imaging technologies.

The launch of the website (www.gefindia.org) and the start of the two-day CME on chest imaging has been scheduled for Saturday.

The Foundation, formed by Prof. Gajaraj's students, aims to fulfil his vision of encouraging constant education and updating apart from promoting stringent norms, Arcot Jaishree Gajaraj, his daughter and chairperson of the Foundation told a press conference.

The Foundation's agenda includes workshops in interventional radiology, providing guidance to students on the specialisation and career counselling.

A highlight of the interactive website will be the rare clinical and radiological imaging archives collated over a period of five decades by Dr. Gajaraj, whose many honours include Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Radiology and the Millennium Award of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association.

The information spread on the website has been designed to benefit post graduate students, Dr. K. Rajan, Precision Diagnostics, said.

Textbooks expensive

Of all medical textbooks, the ones on radiology, which deal with images, are most expensive and not many students are able to buy one.

Radiology is advancing far too rapidly for practitioners to stop learning new things, Dr. Jayaraj Govindaraj, Apollo Hospital, said.

The CME will focus on all aspects of chest imaging, from the common x-ray to the cutting edge Positron Emission Tomography or PET scan.

More than 300 delegates have registered for the CME.

Dr. N. Chidambaranathan of Apollo Hospital pointed out that teleradiology could address the gap in sophisticated radiology services in rural areas.

Radiology was progressing towards less invasive procedures and more accuracy in mapping incipient signs of a disorder, Dr. Bharathi Y. Dhala, Precision Diagnostics, said.

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