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ARISE highly appreciates the wide participation in the ARISE webinars on iron overload and the use of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Sickle Cell Disease that were held on 13-28 September 2023 by Professor Tim St Pierre, Senior Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and Chief Research Scientist at Resonance Health Analysis Services Pty Ltd.

The first webinar “Iron overload: an elusive complication in sickle cell disease and thalassaemia” was focused on the physiology of iron overload, how it is linked to blood transfusions, complications that can occur if left untreated and the importance of reliable measurements of iron overload to guide therapy.

While the second one “MRI diagnostics of iron overload using the affordable, AI-trained method FerriSmart” presented the use of AI-technology to make MRI evaluations of iron overload affordable whilst still reliable. It also dealt with the novel AI-trained method FerriSmart, how MRI diagnostics of iron overload work and how the new fully automated image analysis tool compares to the gold standard FerriScan.

For those unable to attend, the teaching material as well as the video recordings are available on the ARISE website.

For any enquiry on topics discussed during the webinars, do not hesitate to contact us, we will liaise you with Prof St Pierre for additional clarifications and support.

Stay tuned for further updates on other upcoming educational initiatives!