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ARGANZ 2020 Registration Now Open

Registrations for the 2020 ARGANZ Meeting in Brisbane have now opened

This includes registration for the ESGAR Liver Imaging Workshop on Friday 27th March.  Workshop places are limited so register early to secure a place.

Have you considered entering for the Mendelson Research prize or a poster?

Click here for more meeting information and registration

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ESGAR 2019

A number of Australians and New Zealanders attended this years ESGAR meeting in Rome.  Current Chair Kirsten Gormly and executive member Jessica Yang hosted an ARGANZ at ESGAR dinner and spoke at the meeting.  It was wonderful to see so many 'locals' and gather ideas on ways ARGANZ may be able to connect with its members. Congratulations to Dr Edwin Ho from Sydney for his poster winning an ESGAR award. 2018 Mendelson Research Prize winner Dr Danielle Richmond from Melbourne enjoyed her free trip (click on the images to see full-sized images and slideshow)

1. Some Australians and New Zealanders at ESGAR. 2. Dr Danielle Richmond with Kirsten and Jessica. 3. Dr Edwin Ho with his prize winning poster 4. With ARGANZ international speakers Giuseppe Brancatelli (2020) and Koenraad Mortele (2019). 5& 6. Speakers in action 7. ARGANZ at ESGAR dinner at La Carbonara 8. With ESGAR President Regina Beets-Tan

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New liver Medicare rebates in Australia

ARGANZ, acting on behalf of RANZCR, has been the lead applicant campaigning for a liver MRI rebate. After an extensive process this has now been approved for two patient populations. The first is patients with colorectal carcinoma and suspected liver metastases for the purpose of characterisation or interventional planning. The second patient population is patients with chronic liver disease (Childs-Pugh A&B) with known or suspected hepatocellular carcinoma and a liver lesion over 10mm. An additional item number has been created to co-claim hepatobiliary contrast agents, recognising that these are considerably more expensive for providers. The item numbers are likely to become active in May 2019.

Unfortunately the application for liver MRI for patients with suspected focal nodular hyperplasia/adenoma was rejected by MSAC as it was viewed to be not economically viable, despite the higher accuracy and absence of radiation.

Further information regarding the approved item number and the proposed item descriptors can be found in the Public Summary document at http://msac.gov.au/internet/msac/publishing.nsf/Content/1372.1-public

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ESGAR e-Education offer for ARGANZ members now available

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the European Society of Gastrointestinal & Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR), ARGANZ is delighted to  bring more abdominal imaging educational content to our members.  Free access to the ESGAR e-Education portal is now available until the end of 2019.  This includes recorded content of past ESGAR meetings, cases-of-the month, journal watch and e-Posters presented at the recent ESGAR meetings.  To access this offer log into the ARGANZ website and go to the resources tab / education offers / ESGAR offer.

We thank ESGAR for their willingness to collaborate with ARGANZ.

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ARGANZ Update on CT Colonography

CT Colonography (CTC) is a very useful test which is currently underutilised in Australia.  ARGANZ has provided an update on this topic which is available   pdf here (104 KB) .

Current literature demonstrates that CTC is equivalent to OC for the detection of polyps with advanced histology and that no significant cancers are missed when cathartic and faecal tagging agents are used.

The New Zealand society of Gastroenterology suggests that symptomatic patients who; are >80yrs, have relevant co-morbidities including respiratory risk from sedation, have an abdominal mass or have had a failed or incomplete colonoscopy, are referred to CTC rather than OC. 

The key issues include

  1. Lengthy waiting lists for optical colonoscopy when many of those patients could be appropriately assessed by CTC
  2. Lack of radiologist and referrer awareness of Medicare criteria for referral
  3. Limitations of access for patients in rural areas.

ARGANZ is committed to helping our members to promote the availability and appropriateness of CTC to their referrers and to make the test more widely available to those in rural areas.

A new MSAC application will be started to expand Medicare funding to patients who do not have timely access to optical colonoscopy. 

Any member wishing to assist with the MSAC application would be greatly welcomed. If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The full ARGANZ update on CTC is available   pdf here (104 KB)

A useful fact sheet about CTC for discussion with referrers is available   pdf here (57 KB)

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