Global Radiology Snapshot: Arab Health 2010

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According to the Arab Health website, the Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is, by far, the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East, and the second largest in the world. I have personally attended this conference for many years now, and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

Carestream Health’s Rudy Van de Walle and Mirna Bassil (the author) welcoming Sheikh M. Al Maktoum

Due to the economic crisis, which had important repercussions in Dubai, this year’s Arab Health visitors were expecting lower activity at the show. They were surprised to see instead that four additional halls were built and filled with exhibitors!

Attendees this year were abuzz about the number and quality of this year’s “conferences” (accredited educational offerings and tracks), which were under the auspices of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and Institute for International Research Middle East,” which granted CME credits.

Another hot topic was the opening of the show by His Highness The Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, in person. Our Carestream team was honored by His Highness’ visit to our booth.

In our now five-year tradition of introducing new DR technology at Arab Health, we introduced our new DRX-Evolution—which (if we may say) was also a big hit with show attendees. This was the first public showing of the DRX-Evolution in the Middle East, with DR adoption continuing to grow steadily across the region. Visitors from across the Middle East, Pakistan, Iran, North Africa, India and other countries were well represented, with a noticeable increase this year in the number of decision makers and VIPs actively seeking new imaging technology.

All is all, Arab Health is on the rise—a positive sign for our industry and our customers.

If you attended Arab Health, what did you think? What did we miss?

– Mirna Bassil, Emerging Markets, Carestream Health

Arab Health attendees at the Carestream booth


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