GE Healthcare and Shirazi Trading host continuous educational workshops for Pakistan’s leading cardiologists and radiologists

Islamabad (Muhammad Yasir) GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE), in collaboration with Shirazi Trading, held a series of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging workshops in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The workshops, led by renowned cardiologist Dr. Saima Mushtaq, GE Healthcare’s Clinical Leaders for CT and MRI, Murat Karakoc and Dr. Ibrahim Elmogy, brought together more than 60 specialists from clinics and hospitals in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Peshawar, Bahawalpur and Faisalabad for five days of lectures, case studies and hands-on training.

GE Healthcare’s MR and CT programs were delivered utilizing GE’s latest Advanced Workstation Server 3.2 clinical applications.  The training methodology combines the practical applications of scanning and post-processing functions, introduced while reviewing real case studies and reading-with-expert sessions.  Ultimately, these workshops are aimed at helping local specialists upgrade the insights and skills they need to deliver better care to patients in Pakistan. 

Murat Karakoc, Clinical Leader- CT at GE Healthcare, covered critical areas including lung nodule analysis & lung emphysema analysis, liver volume & segmentation, bone removal and vessel analysis, aneurysm analysis & hematoma measurement, brain stroke evaluation, CT colonoscopy & polyp analysis, cardiac vessel analysis and dual energy applications. 

Dr. Ibraheem Elmogy, MD, MRI Clinical Leader at GE Healthcare led sessions covering recent advances in diffuse liver diseases like hepatic steatosis, fibrosis & Iron overload, and led hands-on reviews of cases showcasing the value of advanced MRI technology in diagnosis such endemic & complicated diseases. He also covered MRI perfusion & the possibilities tractography raises for clinical application.

Farooq Saleem, CEO, Shirazi Trading, said: “These tailor-made workshops provide hands-on training using GE Healthcare’s most advanced technologies so that health professionals can enrich their knowledge. Shirazi and GE Healthcare are committed to Pakistan to bringing this innovative technology to Pakistan’s healthcare sector.”

Cardiologist Dr. Saima Mushtaq of Milan’s Centro Cardiologico Monzino, facilitated three clinical cardiac workshops, addressing clinical indication of Cardiac CT and technological developments; prognostic role of cardiac CT and plaque vulnerability; FFR-CT; CT perfusion; CMR principles, sequences, scan protocols, post-processing and clinical applications of Cardiac MRI.

Dr. Saima Mushtaq, Centro Cardiologico Monzino, Cardiovascular Imaging, said: “The advances in cardiac CT and MRI technology are tremendous, and it is critically important that medical practitioners are up-to-date on the latest trends, so they can deliver higher quality care. Cardiac CT, for example, is the only method that can evaluate anatomy and a functional assessment of a stenosis in one scan. These workshops, delivered by experts, offer real value in further enhancing the standards of healthcare in the country.”

Dr. Mazhar Qureshi, Country Manager, GE Healthcare in Pakistan, added: “With the increasing prevalence of lifestyle diseases, a concentrated focus on early diagnosis and timely care is imperative to helping drive better patient outcomes. Through these workshops and similar continuous medical educational activities, we hope to highlight the potential of innovative medical technology in further advancing healthcare standards in Pakistan. GE Healthcare is committed to supporting the nation in transforming the healthcare sector, not just through the provision of technology but also through the transfer of knowledge to medical fraternity.”