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‘Radiologists help in diagnosing many illnesses’
By Mariecar Jara-Puyod November 08, 2017
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DUBAI: A visiting radiology professor from the US underscored the significance of encouraging future medical practitioners to consider specialising in the “non-invasive modality on viewing what is happening inside the (human body).”

Dr Christine Menias defined radiology as “basically having a reality image of (one’s) internal organs and internal systems without having pathology and the need for surgery.”

Interviewed, she said: “Not many people know that radiologists are doctors. That radiology is important across a number of disciplines in medicine. That radiology is by far the most practical way to diagnose, monitor treatment and detect progression or relapse of many important and common diseases in a minimally invasive and anatomically precise manner.”

“But, radiologists play a vital role in the diagnosis of many illnesses, particularly cancers by using imaging techniques such as X-rays, CAT scans and ultrasound and in treatment through radiation therapy,” added Menias, who teaches radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Arizona, US).

She believes that as health is one of the areas that many if not all governments are prioritising and that the private sector may help in this through investments, society in general must be made aware of the vital role of radiologists in a healthcare setting.

Menias is among the lecturers at the “2nd Annual Radiology Meeting in the UAE” concluding on Tuesday at the Dubai World Trade Centre and inaugurated by Dubai Health Authority board chairman/director general Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami.

Her lectures were on “MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Acute Abdominal Emergencies,” “MRI in Female Pelvic Emergencies,” and “MRI of the Female Pelvis.”

Menias cited examples inasmuch as every medical case needs an expert “able to read the reports.

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