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‘Medical physics and biomed engineering need strengthening’

Update : 12 Feb 2014, 08:54 PM

Bangladesh has yet to develop initiatives for the accreditation of educational and training programmes under the disciplines of medical physics and biomedical engineering, or for the certification of the students graduating from such programmes, speakers at a roundtable have said.

Medical physicists and biomedical engineers have to bear a massive responsibility while working, as even small mistakes by them could result in permanent damage or death for the patients, the discussants said.

The observations were made at a roundtable titled “Accreditation and certification issues in the field of medical physics and biomedical engineering” on Tuesday, jointly organised by the Dhaka University’s department of biomedical physics & technology and Bangladesh Medical Physics Association.

Speakers at the programme said most hospitals have recently been engaging sophisticated medical instruments, with several specialist hospitals procuring modern LINAC machines that deliver high-powered radiation beams for cancer therapy.

The use of instruments like CT scanner and PET scanner were increasing for the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, they said, adding that nuclear medicine provided both therapy and diagnosis by using nuclear radiation in special ways.

Discussants at the roundtable called for the formation of an independent board under the leadership of Dhaka University with members including individual specialists, relevant associations, government and non-government organisations.

DU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Shahid Akhtar Hussain and science faculty Dean Prof M Yousuf Ali Molla were present as special guests at the roundtable, which was held at the Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences of Dhaka University.

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