Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 452–461 | Cite as

Saving the starfish: World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) development, work to date, and membership feedback on international outreach

  • Amanda Dehaye
  • Cicero T. Silva
  • Kassa Darge
  • Sanjay P. Prabhu
  • Savvas Andronikou
  • Bernard F. Laya
  • Brian D. Coley
  • Maria Ines BoechatEmail author
Once upon a time there was an old man who used to take regular walks on the beach. One day, after a big storm, he found the beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see. Then he noticed a small boy who kept bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. ‘Good morning!’ the old man called out. ‘May I ask what you are doing?’ The young boy called back: ‘Throwing starfish into the sea. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they’re stuck. When the sun gets high, they’ll die unless I throw them back.’ The old man replied, ‘But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t make much of a difference.’ The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the sea. Then he turned, smiled and said, ‘I made a difference to that one!’ [ 1] (Fig.  1)


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The authors thank the WFPI Council Executive Committee 2015–2016 members for reviewing the manuscript and approving its content. These members include Dorothy Bulas, Timothy Cain, Veronica Donoghue, Jaishree Naidoo, Rutger-Jan Nievelstein, Gloria Soto and Kimberly Applegate. The authors also extend their thanks to Richard Barth, MD (chair of SPR 2014–2015) and Jennifer Boylan (executive director of SPR) for releasing the SPR survey data for this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI)PauFrance
  2. 2.Department of Radiology & Biomedical ImagingYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  5. 5.University of BristolBristolUK
  6. 6.St. Luke’s Medical CenterTaguig CityPhilippines
  7. 7.Department of Radiology and Medical ImagingCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  8. 8.Departments of Radiological Sciences and PediatricsDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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