Welcome

Dear colleagues and friends,  N Ntusi

On behalf of the South African Heart Association (SAHA) and the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA), I would like to welcome you to the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Congress of South Africa (SA-CMR), which will be taking place at the 15 on Orange Hotel and Conference Centre from 26 to 29 October 2017.

The SA-CMR congress is held jointly under the auspices of the Cardiovascular Imaging Society of South Africa (CISSA), a special interest group of the SAHA and the South Africa Society for Cardiovascular Imaging (SASOCI), a special interest group of the RSSA. Further, the meeting has endorsement from the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), the European Association for Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), the Pan African Society for Cardiology (PASCAR) and the African Society of Radiology (ASR).

The theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Imaging in heart failure’. Accordingly, the pre- conference workshop on Thursday 26 October 2017 will be dedicated to heart failure. Importantly, talks on heart failure will be presented in different sessions throughout the meeting, to maintain the focus on this important theme.

A focus of the conference will be on registrars and fellows in training as well as building capacity for competence in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and to prepare candidates for level I CMR accreditation.

The SA-CMR will have a strong focus on conditions that are common in the African context. The local faculty will be supported by an international faculty, through the SCMR and EACVI.

There will be three parallel tracks every day, and one of these will focus on CMR case reading under expert supervision.

The congress will be supported by industry partners and delegates are encouraged to visit the exhibition stands, which will highlight the latest developments in CMR.

A fun-packed gala dinner is planned on the Saturday evening and I would like to encourage all delegates to attend. The gala dinner promises to be a celebration of all things South African.

Again, I look forward to welcoming delegates from South Africa and beyond, from both the public and private sectors, and registrars and qualified radiologists, cardiologists and radiographers and our industry partners and sponsors.

Yours,

Professor Ntobeko Ntusi