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BCRS General Meeting going VIRTUAL – June 29, 2020

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PLAN TO ATTEND – June 29th at 6:00pm

The BC Radiological Society is adjusting the way we conduct business given COVID-19.  Part of this requires us to switch from providing in-person educational sessions, general meetings and the ever-popular President & Executive Director road trip where the BCRS comes to you, our members, to a virtual platform.  This represents an organizational learning curve as we move to a virtual model over the foreseeable future.

To that end, we are planning the first ever BCRS Townhall General Meeting for Monday, June 29th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Part of the agenda will be a brief BCRS update, an information exchange session based on collected membership inputs and finally a question-answer period to close off the meeting answering questions from the virtual floor.  Very specific details will be provided a head of the Townhall around log-in, how we plan to manage the meeting, taking questions from the virtual floor, etc. 


Virtual Breast Screening Forum – June 27, 2020

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Plan to attend this webinar to gain valuable breast imaging education and credits.

The Virtual Breast Screening Forum 2020 hosted by the BC Cancer Breast Screening Program ( in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging ( and the BC Radiological Society ( will be held on Saturday, June 27th via webinar.

This educational event will interest radiologists, physicians & surgeons, technologists and medical physicists concerned with breast imaging and interventional procedures of the breast.  It is accredited for up to 5.0 Royal College Section 1 Group Learning credits or 4.5 Category A CECAP credits.

The program runs from 7:00am to 11:50am PDT with an additional pre-recorded webcast to follow until 12:30pm.

Not only is this is the first time that the BC Cancer Breast Screening Program, CSBI, and the BCRS are partnering to hold a joint event, it is the first virtual Forum. We hope you will plan to attend. See poster for details.


BCRS Supports Gender Equality

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CARJ “Diversity in Canadian Radiology: Success Requires Leadership Commitment” by Charlotte J. Yong-Hing, MD FRCPC and Michael N. Patlas, MD, FRCPC, FASER, FCAR, FSAR.  Read more…

After years of noticing a concerning gender gap in her field of medicine, BC Cancer radiologist Dr Charlotte Yong-Hing is spearheading a project to influence more women to apply to the specialty. Canadian Radiology Women utilizes  social medial to help spread the word. Read more…

To read more about gender diversity and inclusion, visit the ACR Diversity page.

8th International Day of Radiology – November 8, 2019

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A Focus on Sports Imaging.

Radiologists are the physician specialists who interpret x-rays, ultrasounds, CT, MR , nuclear medicine and PET scans, and who also perform interventional procedures such as biopsies and image guided catheter based treatments for cancer. This November 8th is the International Day of Radiology, and highlighted this year is Sports Imaging. Radiologists and imaging technologists play a central role in diagnosis and treatment of injuries occurring in all sports and activities, in professional and elite amateur athletes, but most commonly in members of the general public. Whether an ankle fracture from skiing, tennis elbow, a torn knee meniscus from soccer, or one of the countless other injuries we encounter, Radiologists are available at all times to assist in patient care and help you get back to your activity. Please enjoy the accompanying material which provides further details on how Radiologists are here to help.

The Value of Radiology, Part II

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The Report – June 2019

This is the second report released by The Conference Board of Canada on the value of radiology in Canada. The previous report looked at key aspects and services provided by the Canadian radiology sector, demonstrating the importance of radiology to Canadian health care and regional economies. This report evaluates current wait times for radiological procedures and the future demand and supply of medical imaging equipment.

Highlights from the Report

  • Excessive wait times for CT and MRI diagnostics cost the economy $3.54 billion in 2017.
  • Approximately 5 per cent of patients, or 380,000 people a year (1 in 20), are forced to exit the workforce temporarily while they wait longer than the recommended maximum wait time.
  • Having workers off the job while waiting for diagnostics hurts the ability of firms to produce goods and services. This, in turn, hurts GDP, reducing government revenues by $430 million a year.
  • The cost of excessive wait times will likely increase. Growth in demand for CT and MRI services is expected to outpace the growth in supply over the long term.
  • Currently, 151 new CT machines and 91 new MRI machines are required to modernize Canada’s stock of medical imaging equipment, at a cost of $469 million.
  • Total investment in acquiring imaging machinery needed to meet demand and in keeping the machines up to date with the latest technology amounts to $4.4 billion over the next two decades. This can translate into a saving of $3.5 billion per year.

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Background – The Value of Radiology in Canada report, Part I

This infographic poster is a simplified and distilled version of a report released in January 2017 by the Conference Board of Canada entitled Value of Radiology in Canada. This report documents pressures on the health system and how radiology can help find solutions. Case study examples based on breast cancer screening, teleradiology, and interventional radiology were used to begin to quantify the value of radiology and to show cost-shifting.Value of Radiology Report