Congress Programme *

New dates: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd August, 2021

Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), Ireland

All sessions are in Irish Standard Time and will be available on a virtual basis. The congress content (except the forensic workshop) will be available on-demand on the virtual platform for 8 weeks after the congress.

For details on the scientific sessions please click here for Saturday and here for Sunday.

To view the list of poster presentations please click here.

Friday 20th August, 2021:

9.00am-12.30pm: Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop 1: Justification

9.00 Radiography practitioners, justification and referral guidelines

Welcome - Setting the scene

9.10 Authorisation vs Justification

9.30 The importance of clinical history taking & teamwork

9.50 Panel Questions & Answers

10.10 Tea/Coffee Break

10.20 Assessing referrals

Skeletal radiography

CT referrals

Chest referrals

MRI referrals

11.45 Auditing referrals – incident reporting

12.10 Open Panel Discussion & Close of Session

Chair: Dr. Frank Zarb (MT)

Donna Newman & Stewart Whitely, ISRRT & Jenia Vassileva, IAEA

Dr. Amanda Martin (UK)

Dr. Kristin B. Lysdahl (NO)



Co-Chairs: Prof. Louise Rainford & Dr. Shane Foley (IRE) & Dr. Frank Zarb (MT)

Dr. Amanda Martin (UK)

Edel Thomas (IRE)

Dr. Nick Woznitza (UK)

Dr. Marie Louise Butler (IRE)


Workshop 2: Forensic Radiography

9.00 Welcome

9.15 The pathologist’s perspective on post-mortem CT

9.35 Setting up a coronial-led post-mortem CT (PMCT) service

9.55 The use of PMCT in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI)

10.15 Tea/Coffee Break

10.45 The radiologist’s perspective on PMCT

11.05 Setting up a European PMCT response to a Mass Disaster

11.25 IAFR ‘Forensic Radiography Response Team’ training

11.45 Imaging of the Mummies in St. Michan’s crypt

12.05 The anthropologist’s perspective on PMCT - Jonathan Swift & Stella

12.25 Questions

Co-Chairs: Edel Doyle & Mark Viner

Dr. Sally Anne Collins, Office of the State Pathologist, (IRE)

Amy-Lee Brookes, Lead Post-Mortem Radiographer, Royal Preston Hospital, (UK)

Jeroen Kroll, Forensic Radiology Consultant, MUMC, (NL)


Dr. Ferdia Bolster, Consultant Radiologist, Mater, (IRE)

Phillip Webster & Ann Heathcote, Alliance Medical, (UK)

Paul Hunter, IAFR Vice Chair

Prof. Jerry Conologue, Quinnipiac University, (USA)

Dr. René Gapert, Forensic Anthropologist, (IRE)

IAFR Chair

12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch Break
1.30pm-2.30pm: Official Conference Opening

Intro Entertainment

Welcome to the Congress

Entertainment Interlude

National Societies Flag Ceremony

Entertainment Interlude

Traditional lighting of the globe & Introduction to Hutchinson Lecture

Donna Newman, ISRRT President
Michele Monahan, IIRRT Secretary and Chair of Local Organising Committee
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly
Dean Harper, IIRRT President

Donna Newman, ISRRT President

2.30pm-3.30pm: Hutchinson Lecture
Professor Patrick C Brennan, University of Sydney, Australia

Saturday 21st August 2021:

9.00am-9.15am: Opening Session
ISRRT & IIRRT Presidents
9.15am-10.00am: Focus Sessions

Focus Session 1: AI in Radiology: Challenges and opportunities

Focus Session 2: Quality imaging standards and the patient experience
The Quality Standard for Imaging: the past, the present and the future
QSI the NI experience- Journey to accreditation in Northern Ireland
The work of the College of Radiographers (UK): The importance of listening to the patients voice

Dr. Kathleen Curran, UCD (IRE)

Co-Chairs: Ann Tate & Gill Hodges

Katherine Jakeman

Aisling Howell

Sandie Mathers

10.00am-11.00am: Scientific Session 1Chairs

Track 1: Radiation Protection 1

Track 2: Artificial Intelligence

Track 3: Computed Tomography 1

Track 4: Education 1

Track 5: General 1

Track 6: Radiation Therapy 1

Liam Downey

Alain Cromp

Tim Agadakos

Jonathan McNulty

Yudthaphon Vichianin

Theresa O'Donovan & Una Cooper

11.00am-11.30am: Tea & Coffee Break
11.30am-12.15pm: Plenary 1Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Forde & TBC
Obesity: the next pandemic (what imaging professionals need to consider)
Defining Obesity as a disease
Why do Healthcare Professionals Stigmatise Obesity?
What can we learn from patient's voice?

Prof. Carel Le Roux, UCD (IRE)
Dr. Michael Crotty (IRE)
Dr. Emma Farrell (IRE)
12.15pm-1.15pm: Plenary 2Co-Chairs: Niamh Moore & Louise Rainford
The Big Debate: Shielding in radiography - an outdated practice?Assoc. Prof. Shane Foley & Prof. Mark McEntee (IRE)
1.15pm-2.15pm: Lunch Break
2.15pm-3.15pm: Scientific Session 2Chairs

Track 1: Radiation Protection 2

Track 2: Computed Tomography 2

Track 3: Education 2

Track 4: General 2

Track 5: Radiation Therapy 2

Track 6: Joint ISRRT & EFRS session

Hannah Turner

Niamh Moore

Jonathan McNulty

Terry Ell

Chek Wee

Charlotte Beardmore & Donna Newman

3.15pm-4.15pm: Focus Session 3

COVID on the frontlines - reflections


Co-Chairs: Sinead O Sullivan & Jenny Grehan

Napapong Pongnapang
Augustine Ezekwe
Diego Catania
Srinivasulu Siramdas
Sonyia McFadden

4.30pm-5.30pm: Scientific Session 3Chairs

Track 1: General 3

Track 2: Computed Tomography 3

Track 3: Education 3

Track 4: General 4

Track 5: Radiation Therapy 3

Track 6: General 5

Elaine Reidy

Hannah Turner & Niamh Moore

Suzanne Dennan & Lauren Hurley

Stewart Whitley

Dean Harper & Leah Sanusi

Katie Flynn

Sunday 22nd August 2021:

9.00am-10.00am: Scientific Session 4Chairs

Track 1: General 6

Track 2: Research / Role Development

Track 3: Education 4

Track 4: Ultrasound 1

Track 5: Radiation Therapy 4

Hannah Turner & Katie Flynn

Shane Foley & Theresa O'Donovan

Michaela Davis

Michele Monahan & Elaine Reidy

Nigel Anderson & Jessica Mulfaul

10.00am-11.00am: Plenary 3Co-Chairs: Donna Newman & Dean Harper
The patient experience as a catalyst for changeMargaret Murphy (IRE)
11.00am-11.30am: Tea & Coffee Break
11.30am-12.30pm: Focus Session 4

Management strategies in radiography

Job Satisfaction
Job Design and Reward
Teamwork and Communication

Co-Chairs: Marie-Louise Ryan & Michaela Davis

Blessing Folayan (IRE)
Louise Diamond (IRE)
Fiona Malone (IRE)

12.30pm-1.30pm: Scientific Session 5Chairs

Track 1: Education 5

Track 2: Ultrasound 2

Track 3: Role Development

Track 4: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Track 5: Radiation Protection 3

Marie-Louise Ryan

Elaine Reidy

Shane Foley

Napapong Pongnapang

Hakon Hjemly

1.30pm-2.00pm Closing Ceremony

* subject to change

The following societies have endorsed this programme for members CPD: