Given that current medical practice is evidenced based, a senior lecturer at Department of Medical Radiography, University of Lagos, Dr Livinus Abonyi, has asked Nigerian Radiographers to practice with precision and compassion in their daily dealing with patients.
Dr Abonyi who gave the charge at the 2018 World Radiology Day at the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN), Oyo State, stated that compassion should be their driving force and the epitome of their profession.
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Abonyi, who said critical thinking in handling patients is important, said a higher degree of precision in their profession will build trust and ensure good diagnosis and treatment of patients.
According to him, “Registration of image must be with precision because it is a reflection of the part of the body through which X-ray pass. So if there is any branch of medicine to talk of precision, it is radiography.”
President, ARN, Oyo State branch, Mr Christian Benson, saying new development in radiography had imparted medical care over the years, urged the professionals to always be patient-centred.
He declared “A patient comes in to have appropriate care and as practitioners in the field of radiography, we want to do it right and make sure that any result that is coming out from our department is one that is accurate that any doctor can work with for the patients to get better,” he stated.
Dr Abonyi, however, cautioned individuals patronising quacks in the profession, saying wrong exposure to radiation could be harmful to health.
He said the association had also embarked on awareness creation in schools to ensure that the general public knows where to assess safe radiography examination as part of measures to stem quackery.
Mrs Sumbo Oyedele, a former, chief radiographer, UCH, Ibadan, said it is a myth that people that undergo X-ray examination will have cancer.
While exposure to too much radiation is harmful to the body, she assured that when the X-ray examination is done by a qualified radiographer, it is safe and will not cause cancer.
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