This article was previously published in RadMag.
From the 25th to 29th April the Brighton Conference Centre hosted the British Nuclear Medicine Society Annual Scientific Meeting. The four-day format kicks off with Bootcamp on the Sunday afternoon. The Bootcamp focus this year on PET/CT in Oncology with parallel clinical and technologist streams drew a diverse crowd and truly had something for everyone.
527 delegates attended the educational component of the scientific meeting proper starting on Monday morning with a new format: Masterclass sessions hosted by a panel of experts comprised of key members of the relevant MDT. Each topic was put into clinical context with particular emphasis on the role of imaging and then finished with a Q&A session. Masterclass topics this year included PET/MRI, radionuclide therapies, sentinel node imaging, lung cancer and lymphoma. This format was highly successful. It closely resembles NHS practice and will be developed over the next meetings to cover a breadth of topics. Very strong sessions covering the future supply of radiopharmaceuticals, the evolving legislation and training of UK nuclear medicine specialists were complemented by parallel scientific sessions.
As usual, our partners in industry were generous in their sponsorship of the conference. The main exhibition hall hosted both the industry exhibition and the poster display and was the venue for complimentary morning coffee and lunch each day for delegates. The main exhibition hall also hosted the President's reception on the Monday evening where drinks and nibbles created a convivial environment for catching up on all the gossip.
As a special treat this year the President's reception celebrated the 25th anniversary of the clinical practitioner group with an impressive cake.
Brighton was a great venue for the conference with a host of bars and restaurants for everyone to retreat to in the evening.
Next year the conference will be held in Birmingham, with a slightly tweaked program and the full conference running Sunday the 17th April to Tuesday the 19th April. Provisional thoughts are the Bootcamp will be Sunday morning and will be based around pitfalls in nuclear medicine reporting. I look forward to seeing you there.
By Alexis Corrigan – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
BNMS Officers, Scientific, Education Committee and staff.
Top left to right:
Dr Brian Neilly, BNMS Past President, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Dr Alp Notghi, BNMS President, Birmingham City Hospital, Elena Gilbert, BNMS Finance Administrator, Dr Gopinath Gnanasegaran, BNMS Education Committee, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital.
Bottom left to right:
Dr Jamshead Bomanji, BNMS Scientific Committee, University College London, Dr Richard Graham, BNMS Honorary Secretary, Royal United Hospitals Bath, Natalie Fenning Conference Organiser, Charlotte Weston BNMS CEO, Sarah Allen, Past BNMS Honorary Secretary