Welcome to the ESNR Spine Full Hands-On Course “Middle East”

Dear Colleagues,

There are many Congresses and Courses about Spine, but there’s a worldwide need to have more practical Courses: a course where devices can be evaluated together with the Specialists, and can be used on phantoms, cadavers or patients, to learn the practical side of each specific procedure.

The European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR), and me as Chairperson for Spine, decided to create an official “Spine Full Hands-On course” expanding to the “Middle East” area, that differs from the well-known Advanced ESNR Spine Course, with a new formula.

The “Spine Full Hands-On Middle East” will consist of a two-days Course, fully dedicated to practice: that means, a short presentation of case-topic, quick discussion (30 min) about the procedure to be used, technical evaluation of the device, then International Tutors will show the procedure first, followed by all the participants, that will repeat the treatment for the rest of the day on high-quality anthropomorphic phantoms.

All the main Spine interventional procedures (as ISI, vertebral augmentation, disc and facet procedures, interspinous spacer, tumor ablation, etc) will be discussed and shown.

As for the last meeting we had in Malta 2019, we plan 2 rooms for the Xray – guided procedures, and 1 room for the hybrid C-arm/CT-guided procedures. Participants will rotate the 3 rooms during the two days.

For the First “Middle East” version of the ESNR Spine Full Hands-On Course we chose the astonishing city of Doha, Qatar. Qatar is a marvelous Country, with excellent weather in April, a perfect location in the Middle East. Doha airport is one of the few 5-stars airports in the world, it’s a great destination with direct flight to almost all the EU and non- EU countries.

The Course will take place in two of the most well-known hospitals in the Middle East area, the Hamad General Hospital and the Aspetar Hospital, thanks to the hospitality and the organization of Dr. Hosam Alqatami, our local Organizer, and member of the Subcommittee for Spine of the European Society of Neuroradiology.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Spine Full Hands-On Course in April

Prof. Luigi Manfrè

Course Director

ESNR Chairperson for Spine

Local Organizers: Dr. Hosam Alqatami, Dr. Ahmed Own, Dr. Abdulaziz Alkuwari, Dr. Yasin Almakadma