16th December 2016 – by Allen Chen, MD, MPH
Continuing its global educational efforts, NASS successfully produced the inaugural Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Guided Lumbar Procedures Workshop at the Singapore General Hospital on October 29-30 2016. This was the first freestanding NASS workshop, which was held as an independent course prior to the World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain. The course exceeded all expectations, with over 70 participants representing more than 15 countries, including Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Poland, and Indonesia.
The Symposium was chaired by Board member Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, and Ho Kok Yuen, MBBS, MMed. The NASS faculty delegation included NASS Past President Heidi Prather, DO, Board Member David O’Brien, MD, David Fish, MD, Sanjog Pangarkar, MD, Allen Chen, MD, MPH, Bengt Sturesson, MD (Sweden), and Chang Ming Guo, MD (Singapore). The course was organized by Brad Repsold, NASS Associate Executive Director, who ensured that all lectures and labs ran smoothly.
The facilities at the Academia building at Singapore General Hospital proved to be ideal for morning lectures and afternoon labs. The didactics of the course included topics such as differentiation of lumbar spine disorders, the use of spinal injections for surgical planning, tools of the interventionalist, and ultrasound vs. fluoroscopic techniques.