1. Background

Neurovascular diseases have become serious medical problems and put a high burden to healthcare system in all over the world over the past few decades. Stroke, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), cerebrovascular ischaemic and other pathologies will result in poor prognosis and disability. Stroke, for example, the most common cerebrovascular-related pathology, has been associated to high mortality and the third most common cause of death after coronary disease and cancers (WHO, 2007). According to the research conducted in 2013 by basic health research (Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia), the prevalence of stroke is 12.1 per 1000 populationin Indonesia. This is higher than the average incidence of stroke in Asia.

Early diagnose will significantly result in a better outcome of stroke management, which in turn will decrease mortality and disability. Proper diagnostic imaging method plays a significant role in early diagnose of stroke. Cerebral angiography, for example, was firstly developed in 1927, and still being used, even though other advanced imaging modalities such as CT Scan and MRI have been proven to be clinically effective and non-invasive. In some cases, however, such as aneurysm, Digital Substraction Angiography (DSA) has become the Gold Standard, as it has high specificity and sensitivity. Therefore,the integration of multimodality imaging and interventional technique in stroke management is highly required in order to minimize the mortality and disability caused by cerebrovascular defects.

Considering the importance of this topic, The 5thSoutheast Asia Radiographers and Radiological Technologists Conference (SEARC) and The 6th Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Society of Radiographers, scheduled to held on 18-20 October 2018, will focus on cerebrovascular imaging and therapy, with all of its aspect, including imaging modalities, interventional techniques, radiation therapy and radiation protection. This conference will be held in Bali (Indonesia), the paradise island. The beauty and local culture of this island will add interesting values to this international event. Conducting the theme “Collaboration towards Excellence” we would like to officially invite you to join into this prestigious event, through which we can share our knowledge and experience, and initiate excellent collaboration amongst professionals across countries towards a better outcome of cerebrovascular disease management. We would also like to invite you to share your latest work and research by participating in poster or oral presentation.

2. Conference Theme

Conducting the theme “Collaboration Towards Excellence”, it is hoped that this conference can facilitate radiographers and other related professionals across countries to effectively collaborate in integrating imaging modalities, interventional techniques, radiation therapy, and radiation protection resulting in optimum management of cerebrovascular diseases.

3. Date and Place

The 5thSoutheast Asia Radiographers and Radiological Technologists Conference (SEARC) and the 6th Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Society of Radiographers will be held on 18-20 October 2018, at the Golden Tulip Bay View Hotel and Convention, located in Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Bali (Indonesia).

4. The aims of the project

The 5th SEARC is one of the annual agendas of International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists (ISRRT), in the South East Asia region and neighbouring countries. Aiming to sharing knowledge, experience, and recent updates within medical imaging and radiation therapy, this conference will become the first international event hosted by the Indonesian Society of Radiographers (PARI). This conference, therefore, will encompass an opportunity for Indonesian radiographers to show its existence and build a strong professional network to other radiographers and related professionals in the South East Asia region and beyond.

5. Specific Aims of the Project

The purpose of this event will be in line with the vision of the Indonesian Society Radiographers, which are:

  1. To enhance the professional network amongst the radiographers from participating countries.
  2. To promote and advance the radiography practice and education, especially in terms of neurovascular imaging and therapy.
  3. To introduce the Indonesian Society of Radiographers to international delegates.

        6. Targeted participants

The targeted participants for the 5th SEARC and the 6th Scientific Meeting of Indonesian Society of Radiographers  are:

  1. The ISRRT board members.
  2. International delegates from SEARC participating countries and neighbouring countries.
  3. Overseas radiographers and other related professional.
  4. PARI members.
  5. Student radiographers.

        7. Expected outcome

            Upon the completion of this conference, it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the knowledge gained through the conference in their own institutions.
  2. Maintain the professional relationship with radiographers from other countries.
  3. Become more familiar with Indonesian Society of Radiographers as the official radiography board in Indonesia.
  4. Earn CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points of 4.0.

        8. Activities

There will be few main activities scheduled in this conference, including:

  1. Radiography boards meeting from participating countries.
  2. Plenary presentations with the specific topic related to neurovascular imaging and therapy.
  3. Oral paper presentation and poster presentation.
  4. Parallel symposiums which are divided into 4 different topics (CT Scan, MRI, Radiation Therapy, and Digital Radiography).

       9. Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers invited to participate in this conference are those with excellent reputation and the experts in their fields, such as:

  1. Mayjen TNI Dr.dr.Terawan Agus Putranto, Sp.Rad (K) KI, a radiologist from Indonesia (to be announced).
  2. Napapong Pongnapang, Ph.D, the vice president of Asia/Australasia ISRRT, from Thailand (to be announced).
  3. Tan Chek We, the regional Director Asia/Australasia of ISRRT, from Singapore (to be announced).
  4. Others.