The Healthcare Sector of Siemens Ltd along with Bayer Zydus Pharma has started a Specialized Training in Advances in Radiology (STAR), an internationally coveted education programme yesterday in New Delhi, according to a Pharmabiz.com report. The report said that a week later the same programme will be starting in Kolkata covering a spectrum of latest developments in the field of radiology.
STAR is being held from May 15-16, at New Delhi and from May 18-19, at Kolkata. This initiative is being organised and is successfully led by Prof Hans Ringertz from Linköping University, Sweden and Stanford University, the US for the last seven years. Until mid 2011, 144 STAR events have been conducted in 36 countries, with more than 24,000 radiologists attending the same, noted the report.
Prof Ringertz said: “It will be a great pleasure to visit India again among other reasons, because India was one of the first countries where a STAR programme was held. We visited Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in the 1990s and in Bangalore in 2001. As on previous visits, I am very happy to join a very competent, internationally leading faculty group this time from Canada, Germany and the US. The STAR in India has been composed to fit the requests from the local radiological community, as well as the sponsoring companies, Siemens and Bayer Zydus Pharma".
The lectures and workshops are organised by eminent international faculty which will help radiologists to provide their patients comfortable and enhanced care, by means of faster and accurate diagnosis. D Ragavan, Sector Cluster Lead South Asia, Siemens Healthcare informed: “We are constantly witnessing technological developments in the field of radiology, which are increasingly benefitting the radiologists and the patients at large. It has subsequently become imperative to educate the practicing radiologists about these developments. Siemens being the innovation leader in diagnostic imaging takes immense pleasure to get associated with the world renowned STAR programme along with Bayer Zydus Pharma. We believe that this initiative will be a great knowledge sharing platform for the participants".
Quoting from a statement of Bayer Zydus Pharma, the report said the rapid technological developments in the field of radiology and imaging are matched by progress taking place in the field of contrast agents. In fact, since the discovery of X-rays, Bayer Zydus Pharma has been working closely with radiologists, by providing innovative diagnostic agents for each and every imaging modality be it X-ray, MRI or Ultrasound. It has always played a vital role in continuous medical education and its association with STAR, is yet another initiative to address the growing needs of knowledge sharing and exchange of ideas in the field of Imaging.
STAR, which maintains global standards across all its lectures and workshops, enables leaders from various radiological specialties to discuss procedures and approaches. This aids increasing specific knowledge and skill levels, further helping in improving the patient’s quality of life. The programme also enables one-on-one discussions between top level international radiologists and local radiological community. Currently, the programme is focused on emerging markets, but will also be extended to established markets in the future, the report added.