Vietnam shares experience in nuclear medicine applications

Monday, 2017-02-20 10:18:35
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Preparing a PET/CT simulation for cancer radiation treatment at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO—Vietnam’s experience in nuclear medicine applications has been shared at an international conference on the application of nuclear medicine in diagnosis and treatment.

Hosted by Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital on February 20, the workshop also aimed to evaluate a technical cooperation project between the hospital and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), namely IAEA TC RAS/06/083, to improve the quality of patient care and the capacity of government agencies under the framework of the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology for Asia and the Pacific (RCA).

The event gathered representatives from the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (under the Ministry of Science and Technology), IAEA, RCA Regional Office (RCARO) and Bach Mai Hospital, along with those from 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Nguyen Quoc Anh, Bach Mai Hospital’s director said that cooperation programmes between Bach Mai and IAEA have been implemented for many years.

In particular, the IAEA TC RAS/06/083 was tasked with raising awareness about nuclear medicine procedures through a network of experts, contributing to improving the quality of patient care and the government agencies’ capacity under RCA.

Thus, it will help improve medical capacity especially in terms of dealing with non-contagious diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Ultimately, patients are the top beneficiaries of this project.

In Vietnam, Bach Mai Hospital is one of the pioneers in applying nuclear medicine for diagnosis and treatment. The hospital has 3,100 beds, receiving 6,000 patients a day.

Of these, Bach Mai’s Centre for Nuclear Medicine and Tumours, with over 200 beds, has thus far provided treatment for thousands of patients. The application of nuclear medicine, radiation techniques and chemical radiotherapies in recent years has helped the centre offer highly effective diagnoses and treatment for cancer patients.

During the five-day event, participants will have evaluation sessions on the RAS/06/083 project, discussing working plans for 2017 and 2018 and sharing experience in the application of nuclear medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer from the participating countries.