In partnership with CFM, CBR holds Radiology and Imaging Diagnostic Forum focusing on Radiological Protection

The event, held on July 5, at the headquarters of the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM), was officially attended by the 2nd vice president of CFM, Jecé Freitas Brandão; the coordinator of the Technical Diagnostic Chamber of CFM and former CBR president, Dr. Aldemir Humberto Soares; President of the Brazilian College of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging (CBR), Dr. Alair Sarmet Santos, in addition to the participation of the authority on radiological protection in the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Maria Perez, of members of the Radiological Protection Commission. CBR and other entities involved.

After the ceremony, the subject matter expert spoke to participants by videoconference, direct from the WHO office in Switzerland, about the importance of radiological care. Dr. Maria Perez presented the organization's concern regarding the topic and the challenges of preserving patients and professionals working in Radiology regarding the radiation emitted in the exams. The problem is considered a global public health issue.

Still in the morning, the event featured two round tables. The first dealt with justification and optimization in the context of “Bonn Call for Action”. The document was approved in Bonn, Germany in 2012 to identify and address issues related to radiation protection in medicine. The joint statement of position by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and WHO highlighted ten key actions aimed at achieving the greatest benefit with the lowest possible risk for all patients through the safe and appropriate use of radiation in medicine, and increase the safety and quality of radiological procedures.

Among the actions approved, the statement included measures such as improving the implementation of the justification principle, strengthening radiation protection education and training of health professionals, improving medical radiation prevention, among other measures. The conference was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and organized by the Government of Germany.

The experts present at the discussion and the event coordinator warned about the importance of “that the examinations performed are justified, with common sense, criterion and adequacy”, defended Dr. Aldemir Soares.

CBR President Dr. Alair Sarmet Santos presented a background on the effects and consequences of ionizing radiation and risks to patients and professionals involved. “Let's not stop using radiotherapy or nuclear medicine. When justified, radiological examinations also save lives, ”he warned.

The next table discussed the initiatives that have been carried out to educate professionals, patients and the general population about the application of ionizing radiation in imaging exams. The presentations pointed to deficiencies in the general population's knowledge of the real risks of ionizing radiation. Another issue also discussed at the Radiology Forum was Nuclear Medicine and also regulation, demands and perspectives.

After the presentations, the participants of the meeting asked several questions about the professionals' performance. Among the points addressed were the need for educational campaigns aimed at doctors and patients and the inclusion of radiation protection classes in medical courses.

The event was broadcast live by CFM on their YouTube channel and shared by CBR on Workplace, in the group Happens on CBR.

Source: CFM

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