From March 7 to 9, 2023, a satellite symposium dedicated to pediatric radiology was held at the Arabkir Medical Center, a leading pediatric hospital in Yerevan, Armenia. Dr. Anna Arakelyan, an active OMI fellow who has attended two seminars in Salzburg, an observership in Pediatrics at the Medical University of Graz, and has established a close collaboration with OMI faculty Dr. Erich Sorantin, organized the event. Dr. Sergey Sargsyan, head of the Institute of Child and Adolescent Health at Arabkir MC-ICAH, and Dr. Marine Grigoryan, supervisor of Dr. Anna Arakelyan and assistant professor at the Arabkir Medical Center, are also OMI alumni who helped to promote and organize the event.
The importance of radiological diagnostic methods gathered not only radiologists, but also specialists of different medical fields to listen, learn, and enjoy the lectures of Dr. Sorantin, a radiologist from the Medical University of Graz and head of one of the leading radiological departments within Europe and in German-speaking countries.
During the two-day conference, various topics were covered, including chest film interpretation, lung ultrasound, fluoroscopy, bone lesions, urinary tract imaging and CT protocols. Most of the invited radiologists from different hospitals in Armenia deal with both adult and pediatric patients, and therefore one of the most appreciated talks was titled “Differences between Children and Adults – Impact of Imaging”, which provided a deep understanding of physiological and pathological processes in the human body and took the audience on an insightful journey through organ systems and various pathological conditions.
Lectures were followed by discussions and Q&A sessions. In addition to the interactive lectures, a workshop on joint ultrasound as well as ultrasound of different organs was conducted during the symposium.
Dr. Sorantin’s visit to Yerevan also included a hospital visit and round table discussions with local faculty. The prospective development of radiology at Arabkir Medical Center was discussed, as well as ideas about research opportunities. Additionally, the participants of the conference will receive CME credits from the Ministry of Healthcare of Armenia.