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Shaping Radiology's Future in Latin America and the Caribbean


The regional training course on Dual Energy CT in Bogota, Colombia was attended by 13 participants from around the region and supported by three international experts (Photo: A. Abril/Universidad Nacional de Colombia).

The IAEA conducted its first-ever regional training course on Dual Energy Computed Tomography (DECT) – a type of Computed Tomography (CT) that offers enhanced imaging capabilities – for  medical professionals from 13 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Held in Bogotá, Colombia, in September 2023, the course provided participants from Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela with the knowledge they need to safely and effectively apply this technology within their respective countries.

“Radiology is a field of medicine which is constantly evolving and has the potential to revolutionize patient care,” explained Virginia Tsapaki, Technical Officer in the Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section of the IAEA. “By sharing insights and knowledge about this cutting-edge technology with course participants, the IAEA is demonstrating its commitment to providing the highest standards of education to medical physicists from around the world,” she said. Throughout the five-day training, participants benefitted from expert lectures, hands-on practicals, interactive question-and-answer sessions, and case study discussions. The course’s content provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of DECT, equipping them with both practical and theoretical knowledge. In enabling attendees to utilise what they learned within a real-life hospital setting, the training helped bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application.

As part of the training course, course participants benefitted from hands on practice in a hospital setting (Photo: A. Abril/Universidad Nacional de Colombia).

“It has been a monumental experience, not only for us but also for the participants who immersed themselves in this learning journey,” said Andrea Abril, the course’s Director. “We are grateful to the IAEA for providing us with the opportunity to bring everybody together in such a collaborative learning environment.”

By enhancing the region’s knowledge and familiarity with a novel technology, the training course helped to strengthen diagnostic capabilities and patient care standards across Latin America and the Caribbean. Through utilising two different X ray energy levels to scan and produce images, DECT provides specialists with detailed information on how tissues absorb energy. These insights enable physicians to better differentiate tissue chemistry and disease processes and in turn formulate more precise diagnoses. As an example, doctors can refer their patients for a DECT scan to definitively distinguish between a haemorrhage and a tumour. The ability to formulate timely, comprehensive and accurate diagnoses are vital for patients to receive appropriate and effective treatments.

As with any imaging modality, accuracy and safety are also of paramount importance. The IAEA’s training course was essential in that respect. "The presentations were enlightening," said Marcel Javier Frederico Alvarez, a medical physicist from Uruguay. "But the hands-on experience gained in two different hospitals will be pivotal for my work and ultimately for patient safety.”

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