Don charges govt on special fund for research, training in radiology

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Professor of radiology and Provost, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Prof Gbadebo Olusegun Gbolahan Awosanya, has called on the Federal Government to step up its funding efforts in the areas of research and retraining of university teachers in the field of radiology.

He made this submission while presenting a paper titled, ‘Diagnostic Radiography: The Centrepiece and Hub of Medicine and Dentistry’ at the 52nd inaugural lecture of LASU. Awosanya stated that radiology, which is a scientific imaging that culminates in an ultimate revelation, would continue to be in great demand. He said radiography, which remains a technology-driven and equipment-oriented specialty that provides services across all clinical disciplines must be anchored on sound academic grounding in anatomy and pathophysiology of disease and medical physics.

Thus, there is need for it to be specially funded and supported through research so as to drive the specialty forward.

According to him, “Radiology remains a technology-driven and equipment-oriented specialty. Knowledge acquisition in Diagnostic Radiology entails the power of observation, power of comprehension and the linkage between both anchored on sound academic grounding in Anatomy, Pathophysiology of Disease and Medical Physics.

“Radiology provides services across clinical disciplines, basic medical services, veterinary medical sciences and dentistry. And so government should set aside a reasonable amount to fund research and regular retraining of teachers in the field. If we do not move with the times, we will be left behind. The potential advantages of holistic radiological investigations are boundless.

If we want to experience radiology’s bright future, we must keep up with the pace of its global development holistically”.

While stressing the need to provide medical professionals the right exposure that would further strengthen their specialty in radiology, he advised, “Radiology residents in training programme of either West African College of Surgeons or Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College should, as a matter of compulsion, do a four to six weeks posting in the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology to give them exposure in Histopathology and make them more conversant with Forensic Radiology.



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