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ASSOCIATION OF RADIOGRAPHERS OF NIGERIA (ARN) LAGOS CELEBRATES WORLD RADIOGRAPHY DAY
Adekoya Abimbola Julius
The annual celebration of World Radiography Day on the 8th November is a global program for all radiographers. The event is done in remembrance of the day X ray was discovered by the famous German Physicist, Professor Wilham Conrad Rontgen in November 8th 1895.
This year’s program was unique because it was the first to be celebrated by the new Lagos State Executive of the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria under the leadership of Rad Opeoluwa Oduwole.
The theme for the year was “Elevating Patient Care with Artificial Intelligence”.
The Chairman of Lagos ARN, Rad. Opeoluwa Oduwole welcomed the guests to the venue and reminded them that Radiographers are compassionate professionals who work with precision and empathy: made possible by continuous learning and development.
The day was spiced with the first lecture titled ” Patient Care: The Centre of Radiography Practice ” which was delivered by Rad. Peter Taiwo Odedayo , the deputy Director of Radiography in Lagos University Teaching Hospital Lagos.
In his lecture, he defined patient care as all activities that are carried out before, during and after radiographic examination to make the conditions of the patient better.
This he said is an important duty of a Radiographer because it goes a long way in alleviating the psychological pains of being unwell when carried out well.
Rad. Odedayo based his lecture of patient care on the following outlines.
That the patient should be well received at the reception, there should be good communication with him or her. He added that management of the patient, their health and safety are equally important.
The second lecture on ” Radiography Practice and Artificial Intelligence. What you need to know.” was delivered by Dr Livinus C. Abonyi of the department of Radiography, College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
According to him,artificial intelligence is an arm of computer science specialized in development of a machine that has cognitive ability that can equal or surpass human intelligence. A device capable of mimicking cognitive functions such as learning, reasoning, discernment and problem solving.
He submitted that radiography is a technology-based profession, highly innovative and dynamic. Therefore, he advised that the advancement in computer science continues to change the practice.
Dr Abonyi pointed out that the new computer algorithms had led to high caliber image resolution equipment as 4D ultrasound machines, multi-slide CT unit, MRI and Positioned Emission tomography machine.
According to him, the incorporation of artificial intelligence in medical imaging is a highly innovative tool that will revolutionize many aspects of medical practice especially medical imaging.
He advised Radiographers to be academically and professionally ready for the innovation or risk being left behind.
In his conclusion, he assured his colleagues that artificial intelligence is not a substitute for human intelligence but has high precision and zero subjectivity.
The peak of the program was the award presentation to the members of the association who retired from the civil service. The awardees are: Mrs Ade-Onojobe Daniel, Mrs Olanrewaju Oyadina, Mrs Mojisola Animashaun, Mrs Adefolake Okubadejo, Mrs Adebisi Olufon, Chief Christian I. C. Ugboaja and Julie U. Iguoba.
The cutting of the anniversary cake was supervised by the former registrar of Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), Chief R.S.J. Babatunde.