The British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) is a Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Radiologists and provides a forum for imaging, intervention and research in the care of patients with abdominal disease
The society was originally formed by a group of British GI radiologists in 1998 as the Special Interest Group in Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (SIGGAR). At the time it was recognised that gastrointestinal and abdominal radiology plays a central role in the management of many patients, and yet there was no professional body that represented these interests in the UK. The only national GI and abdominal radiology forum was the radiology section of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) which did not fully address the professional development needs of all UK GI and abdominal radiologists. The increasing need for input into audit, standards and a variety of training curricula it seemed appropriate to consolidate GI and abdominal radiological expertise in the UK. The aspiration was to mirror the success that the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiologists (ESGAR) had achieved on the wider scale in Europe. Since 1998, the society has grown and developed, and was renamed the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) in 2005.
The BSGAR aims to cover all areas of GI and Abdominal Radiology and to support consultants working in these fields. It also wishes to encourage trainees who hope to make a career in this field.
Specifically BSGAR aims to:
1. Act as a forum for the practice and development of abdominal and GI radiology
2. Support and promote national initiatives in research and audit in GI and Abdominal Radiology
3. Help in the establishment of standards and good practice in GI and abdominal radiology
4. Provide expert input into curriculum developments in GI and abdominal radiology through the Royal College of Radiologists
5. Encourage interest in GI radiology amongst trainees
6. Reflect the views of GI radiologists to other professional groups, and to become the official special interest group for the Royal College of Radiologists.
7. Establish links with ESGAR and other professional bodies as appropriate
8. Keep members aware of political initiatives likely to affect their practice
9. Hold an annual meeting