Regional workshop to raise awareness on medical physicists’ roles in ensuring safety in imaging- with emphasis on pediatric imaging. Dar es Salaam, Republic of Tanzania. 26th - 28th November 2014.
The workshop was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported by the Government of Tanzania under AFRA project RAF-6048. Participants at the workshop included medical physicists and senior officials of the Health ministries of 26 African Countries, Officers of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Tanzania, and the Africa representative of the IAEA and WHO officials as well as experts from Europe and the USA.
Representative for Image Gently and WFPI: Dr Ademola Aekanmi, Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology, University College hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria (images above, below).
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- Considering the impact of radiation hazards in the African population (where data of radiation exposure is often lacking);
- noting that children are more radiosensitive with longer years to express non deterministic biological effects of radiation, if any; and
- in view of the rapidly developing technological advances with newer radiological equipment as Africa acquires more high tech imaging modalities,
there is great need for advocacy and education on radiation effects focused on imaging professionals, referring physicians and the public on the roles of medical physicists and the urgent need of their inclusion into medical imaging professionals in all African countries. There is also need for research into radiation doses in African countries for baseline and prognostication, thereby enhancing patient safety.