Dubai Health Authority hosts an IAEA training course on nuclear medicine and radiology

On 22-26 May, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) hosted a Regional Training Course on PET-CT, which focused on Computer Tomography (CT) Interpretation and the TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours (TNM), a cancer staging notation system used for diagnosis of cancer. 

The training course was co-organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences’ Committee.

The main focus of the week-long training course was the use of integrated PET-CT imaging and TNM classification in CT-based cancer staging. The training programme included the use of complex techniques in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging for diagnosis and treatment of cancer diseases, and it facilitated the exchange of new information related to progress of nuclear medicine in the field of oncology. Participants came from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, UAE, and Yemen.

Dr Jamila Al Suwaidi, medical physicist, chair of radiation committee at the DHA and Director of the Patient Radiation Safety Project highlighted the importance of the course, which helps technicians precisely follow the right method of imaging and ensure accurate diagnosis and patient safety. More than 900 specialists have been trained in this field from UAE and other countries in the GCC and the Middle East.