The two blockbuster movies of 2023 -- Oppenheimer and Barbie -- provide popular cultural references to the positives and negatives within radiology, Prof. Adrian Brady said in a keynote lecture at the recent British Institute of Radiology (BIR) Annual Congress.
In his talk -- "The 21st century radiologist: Optimising relevance (while staying sane)" -- Brady gave a salutary, thoughtful, and at times, light-hearted exploration of the radiologist of the future, with references to his own experiences in Ireland and Canada, noted a BIR press release issued on 16 November.
Brady, past president and current chair of the ESR Board of Directors, stressed that the role of the radiologist has moved from being peripheral to now being a central participant in multidisciplinary care, and this has brought with it the challenges of high demands for 24/7 services, lack of capacity, and burnout.
The lecture is available for free to all congress delegates and members on the BIR website.
Also at the congress, the BIR/Aidence Mayneord Memorial Award went to Prof. Sir Jonathan Van Tam, who is senior strategy advisor in medicine at the University of Nottingham. In his keynote lecture, "Science, policy and leadership during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic," he described the U.K.'s response to the pandemic, the importance of teamwork and collaboration, and the lessons for the future.