1. To describe the most important features of Italian radiology.
2. To reflect on new developments of imaging in Italy and Europe.
3. To discuss the role and function of a systemic vision of a radiological society.
The Italian Society of Medical Radiology (SIRM) counts about 11,000 members. It is Italy’s largest scientific society and one of the largest in Europe. Its members include nearly all the radiologists working in Italian hospitals and public or privately owned health facilities, self-employed, residents and retirees. It is organised in twenty regional groups and twenty subspecialty sections. According to the OECD data, Italian Radiology runs more than 2,000 CT scanners and 1,715 MRI scanners, of which only 30% are less than five years old. A recent SIRM census showed that approx. 120,000,000 X-ray, US, CT and MRI examinations are performed every year. Many of the examinations mentioned above are not included in the figures published by the OECD and the Italian Ministry of Health. However, they cause problems of appropriateness and overdiagnosis. Many regional health services have general radiological archiving systems creating important databases. In Italy US investigations are performed by physicians: CT examinations are thus fewer than in countries where US scannings are performed by ultrasound technicians. Mammographic screening covers >70% of the female population between 50 and 70 years whereas screening of the lung and colon is routinely carried out only in some regions. In negotiations with the government and the owners of health facilities, the National Union of Radiologists counting more than 3,500 members represents the Italian radiologists. In 2016, SIRM supported Choosing Wisely by hosting the 3rd World Meeting in its Training Center in via del Cardello 24, Rome, near the Colosseum.
1. To review the organisation of the emergency system.
2. To highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the emergency network regarding epidemiological factors, topographic features and territorial distribution of resources.
3. To define the possible areas of clinical improvement and organisational effectiveness of the emergency health system.
1. To learn about the organisation of the journal as the official organ of the SIRM.
2. To discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an international, general radiology scientific journal.
3. To consolidate knowledge and to explore future prospects in the international editorial scenario.