Ghana Holds 2nd Summer-School for Radiation Health Professionals
The 5-day Summer School on breast imaging and breast disease management, was organized by the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences of the University of Ghana in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The training course, dubbed Ghana – Norway Summer School, is the second edition and was targeted at radiation health professionals from Ghana and other African countries. Other partnering institutions for the Summer School include Ghana Society for Medical Physics, Ghana Society of Radiographers, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, University for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The summer school had over 40 participants in the fields of medical physics, radiography and radiation therapy technology from Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Zimbabwe and Norway. Theme for the one-week programme was “Radiological Imaging for Breast Diseases (Benign and Malignant) – Diagnosis and Management”. The training offered a depth of knowledge, which incorporates a high level of clinical skill in the practice of image evaluation and quality control and quality assurance in breast imaging systems. The programme fully integrated theoretical knowledge with practical skills, aimed at developing the participants into more competent practitioners.
In a speech given by the chairman for the opening ceremony, Dr Joel Yarney (Head of the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital), Ghana records about 60, 000 cancer cases annually. Breast cancer accounts for about 2,500 of the total cancer incident cases, and hence requires urgent action be taken to ensure prevention and treatment. Dr. Yarney therefore applauded the Norwegian counterparts for the good initiative of collaborating with agencies in Ghana to ensure better health delivery.
On his part, Prof. Yaw Serfor-Armah, Dean of the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) said the Summer School is one of the projects under the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART), and is aimed at strengthening education and research between institutions in Ghana and Norway within the fields of Medical Physics, Radiation Protection and Radiography. He said SNAS considered the NORPART project very insightful and timely for the consolidation of education and training of medical physicists and radiographers in Ghana and Africa, and was committed to working on the collaboration and ensure its success.
The Summer School had professors and senior lecturers drawn from institutions in Ghana and Norway to serve as resource persons. At the end of the course, participants were well educated on aspects such as:
- Radiological Imaging of the Beast
- X-ray Mammography Physics and Procedure
- Mammography X-Ray Equipment Design and Shielding
- Role of Imaging in Breast Cancer
- Patient Dose Assessment in Mammography
- Optimization of Patient Dose and Radiation Protection in Mammography
- Image Quality in Breast Imaging ( Mammography, ultrasound, MRI)
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Breast Imaging Devices
- Breast Cancer Screening (Quality Issues, Policy And Effectiveness)
- Mammography Reverences, Regulations and Guidance Documentation
At the closing session, the participants provided feedback on the training programme which was analyzed and found to be encouraging.