OHSU Doctors Lead International Telemedicine Conference from Prague

06/06/01    Portland, Ore.

Interventional radiologists share information, procedures live via Internet hookup


7th International Interventional Radiology Workshop, live from Prague


June 7 - 9, 11:30 p.m. - 8 a.m. (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prague time)


Broadcast live to personal computers (www.ohsu.edu/Prague7IWIR)

The largest-ever international telemedicine conference will take place June 7 - 9 from Prague in the Czech Republic, led by researchers from the Dotter Interventional Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. Interventional radiologists will transmit procedures live from Austria, Australia, England, Germany, Miami, Vermont and OHSU as part of the conference aimed at bringing scientists worldwide up to date on the latest developments in the field.

The 7th International Workshop on Interventional Radiology is the brainchild of OHSU's Josef Roesch, M.D., research director of the Dotter Institute and a native of the Czech Republic. Since its inception, the workshop has become the most prestigious event of its type and a leader in the use of videoconference technology to include international participants. This year the broadcast will be streamed to any personal computer logged into the conference Web site at http://www.ohsu.edu/Prague7IWIR.

"Real-time consultation is the future of medicine in specialty fields such as interventional radiology," said Fred Keller, M.D., director of the Dotter Institute and co-chairman of the conference. This year 12 sites in six countries on three continents will demonstrate live, nonsurgical procedures demonstrating new techniques or equipment. Interventional radiology uses catheters to deliver stents, shunts or localized treatment directly to a tumor, clogged artery or other problem area in the body without surgery. The technique was greatly advanced by the late Charles Dotter at OHSU in the 1960s.