Cardiovasc Imaging Asia.  2022 Jul;6(3):82-87. 10.22468/cvia.2022.00101.

Evolution of Medical Conferences for Congenital Heart Disease Imagers in the Era of COVID-19: From Onsite to Virtual Meetings

  • 1Congenital Heart Disease Study Group, Asian Society of Cardiovascular Imaging
  • 2InnovaRad Inc., Taichung, Taiwan
  • 3Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Pediatric and Congenital Heart Centre, Institut Jantung Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 5Department of Sport Leisure Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • 6MEDICALIP Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea
  • 7Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Due to COVID-19, onsite medical conferences were converted to virtual or hybrid formats, which have been widely accepted and successful. However, hands-on training and workshops among groups studying congenital heart disease imaging were hardly available due to their unique features requiring a high degree of interactivity. Virtual conferences are speculated to remain after the pandemic to enrich sharing ideas, concepts, and clinical experiences. Additionally, strategies utilizing augmented reality, virtual reality, and the metaverse may help reduce barriers in conducting hands-on workshops. This review illustrates various academic activities during past onsite small group conferences, suggests tips and tricks for virtual conferences, and introduces currently available innovative platforms, including the personal three-dimensional display program, hologram, and metaverse for medical education and conferences.


Augmented reality; Communication; Heart defects; congenital; Metaverse; Virtual reality
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