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Stuttgart as Europe's premiere City in ultrasound technology for four days

All things ultrasound were discussed and debated from 9 to 12 October, 2013 at the ICS International Congress Center in Stuttgart. Some 2,000 specialists congregated at the thirty-seventh joint meeting of the German, Austrian, and Swiss Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM, ÖGUM, SGUM). The event was complemented by the 25th International Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB), which was also held at this time. The ICS is thus becoming one of the most popular venues for flagship medical congresses in Germany.

"We also made substantial progress last year by bringing a number of key industry events in the medical sector to Stuttgart", explains Stefan Lohnert, Division Director of Guest Events and Vice President at Messe Stuttgart. "The various medical exhibitions that are held on our grounds further underscore Messe Stuttgart as being one of the top locations in this field."

Congress president Professor Andreas Schuler, Medical Director and Head of the Medical Clinic Services Division at the Helfenstein Clinic in Geislingen, is also more than pleased with the decision to have ICS host the event. "For an association congress, it is financially very important to find a location that is not only attractive for the participants, but also excites and motivates the companies planning to exhibit. Boasting an excellent transport infrastructure that allows national and international guests to conveniently arrive at the doors of the congress via plane, train or automobile, the ICS was predestined to host our event." The architecture also intrigued Schuler and his colleagues on the Board of Management at DEGUM. "The ICS was the only organisation that gave us the opportunity to hold all presentations and discussions as well as the industry exhibition itself under one roof. This, in turn, made it possible to have participants gather at a central location so that we could engage in meaningful and productive discourse on business and more personal topics."

Themed "Science and Education", participants at this year's event discussed new possibilities for leveraging ultrasound technology during the four-day run. One of the main topics covered was sonography, which plays a vital role in diagnosing and prescribing therapy for individuals with cancer, observing progress, treating patients in an emergency, providing optimal assistance in intensive care units, accurately assessing the condition of those with cardiovascular diseases and aiding in birth and pediatric procedures. Refresher courses as well as practical seminars and exercises accompanied some 450 lectures and over 350 scientific presentations. More than 40 exhibitors also showcased their latest sonography products and services on the 3,000 m² exhibition floor.

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