By Dr Thian Yee Liang - November 2014

The College of Radiologists Singapore (CRS) participated for the 3rd time in the Pre-Congress symposium at the Chatrium Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar on the 4th and 5th November 2014. This event was co-organized with the Myanmar Radiological Society (MRS) with support from Meditech and Siemens.

The delegates from the College included Prof Vincent Chong, A/Prof Tan Bien Soo, A/Prof Quek Swee Tian, and Dr Tan Cher Heng who had spoken at previous MRS-CRS symposiums and were familiar to the audience. Dr Thian Yee Liang was new faculty at the 2014 meeting. Dr Tobias Martin Seyfarth, Division Cluster Lead at Siemens Healthcare Sector also shared his expertise on MRI physics, hardware and sequences.


Prof Lin Tun Tun speaking at the opening of the 3rd Pre-MRS Clinical Symposium on CT and MR.


This year’s symposium built upon the foundation laid in previous years. The 2012 symposium covered only CT topics, and the 2013 symposium touched on mostly CT with a handful of MR topics. The emphasis of the 2014 symposium was on MR imaging, as the rapid development of imaging in Myanmar meant the increased penetration and utilization of MRI units in the coming years.  The topics covered started with basic MRI physics, and spanned neurological, musculoskeletal, interventional and body imaging. There was considerable material to cover in 2 days, but the audience was attentive throughout the course. There was a dinner organized at the end of the first day, with the course participants and speakers enjoying an excellent 8 course dinner, lucky draw prizes and even a karaoke session.


With the participants of the symposium as well as the organizers at the Chatrium Hotel.



4 November 2014

Role of Radiology  
Introduction to MR Dr Tobias Seyfarth
Clinical care in interventional oncology A/Prof Tan Bien Soo
Basic MR sequences and clinical application Dr Tobias Seyfarth
Clinical Applications  
MR sequences in Neuroradiology problem solving Prof Vincent Chong
Imaging spinal infections A/Prof Quek Swee Tian
Fundamentals of body MRI – sequences and protocols Dr Thian Yee Liang
Oncologic Imaging of Common Cancers  
MRI of hepatocellular carcinoma Dr Tan Cher Heng
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma Prof Vincent Chong
MRI of rectal cancer Dr Tan Cher Heng
Topics of Special Interest  
CT in abdominal and pelvic trauma Dr Thian Yee Liang
Crystal arthropathies – from basics to advanced A/Prof Quek Swee Tian
Interventional Radiology – management of malignant SVC obstruction A/Prof Tan Bien Soo


5 November 2014


Oncologic Imaging  
Extracranial diffusion weighted imaging – a primer Dr Thian Yee Liang
Gallbladder carcinoma Dr Tan Cher Heng
Cervical lymphadenopathy Prof Vincent Chong
Topics of Special Interest  
Percutaneous lung biopsy – how I do it A/Prof Tan Bien Soo
Soft tissue masses of the ankle and foot A/Prof Quek Swee Tian
The future of MR imaging Dr Tobias Seyfarth


Under the leadership of Prof Lin Tun Tun, Prof Vincent Chong and A/Prof Tan Bien Soo, the MRS pre-congress symposium continues to be a great success with good feedback received from both participants and organisers. The coming years will be an exciting period for the development of radiology in Myanmar. We look forward to further sharing our experiences with our colleagues in Myanmar via such symposiums.


The Singapore delegation in high spirits while enjoying a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda.


Visit to the Yangon General Hospital radiology department.


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