GIS – 13 November 2018: A five-day regional training course on nuclear cardiology for Nuclear Medicine Physicians and Cardiologists kick started, yesterday, at Voilà Hotel in Bagatelle. Some 20 participants from 13 African countries which form part of the African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training related to nuclear science and technology as well as local participants are attending the course.
An initiative of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the training aims to further strengthen participants’ knowledge and update them with new guidelines and techniques, newer software and radiopharmaceutical trends in nuclear cardiology. The conference will also provide an opportunity to create a synergy between the cardiologists and the Nuclear Medicine Physicians about the usefulness of nuclear cardiology.
Present at the opening ceremony, the Senior Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Ram Prakash Nowbuth, highlighted that there is a need to facilitate the training of professionals involved in the practice of nuclear medicine, so they can stay up-to-date with the novel applications and technologies and thereby better serve their patients. He also emphasised the importance of partnership and ongoing dialogue about advancements in nuclear medicine, and working together to establish a broad consensus to increase the impact of nuclear medicine in the management of major health conditions.
Speaking about nuclear cardiology studies, Mr Nowbuth underlined that they use non-invasive techniques to assess myocardial blood flow, evaluate the pumping function of the heart as well as visualise the size and location of a heart attack. Among the techniques of nuclear cardiology, myocardial perfusion imaging is the most widely used, he added.
Contribution of IAEA in the use of nuclear medicine
The IAEA has worked for over 60 years to promote the use of nuclear medicine and it continues to collaborate with its Member States and other organisations through several mechanisms including improving infrastructure and training the multidisciplinary team of professionals. The objective is to help build or strengthen Member States capabilities with regard to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health conditions through the application of nuclear techniques, including nuclear medicine.
The IAEA plays an important role in providing experts in nuclear medicine with a platform to exchange ideas, experiences, knowledge and advice.