Peace Obi

In order to produce more specialised professionals in the field of Radiography, the Lagos State Government has been advised to start a degree course in Radiography at the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) without hesitation, and to have the state government through the ministry of health provide the needed infrastructure for the training.

Delivering the 52nd LASU Inaugural Lecture, tagged ‘Diagnostic Radiography: The Centrepiece and Hub of Medicine and Dentistry’, Professor Gbadebo Awosanya noted that Radiology, which is a scientific imaging that culminates in an ultimate revelation will continue to be in great demand and that it should be supported by research so as to drive the specialty forward.

On the way forward for diagnostic radiology in Nigeria, Awosanya, noted that Radiography, which remains a technology-driven and equipment-oriented specialty that provides services across all clinical disciplines, must be anchored on sound academic grounding in Anatomy, Pathophysiology of Disease and Medical Physics. He said the federal government should set aside a reasonable amount to fund research and retraining of university teachers.

“Radiology remains a technology-driven and equipment-oriented specialty. Knowledge acquisition in Diagnostic Radiology entails the power of observation, power of comprehension and the linkage between both anchored on sound academic grounding in Anatomy, Pathophysiology of Disease and Medical Physics.

“Radiology provides services across clinical disciplines, basic medical services, Veterinary Medical Sciences and Dentistry. If we do not move with the times, we will be left behind.”

Awosanya, who advised the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to allow Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy to function separately, said it will enable radiotherapy to grow multi-dimensionally.

He said for a solid foundation to be laid for the understanding of various dimensions of anatomy of organs, “radiologists should be drafted to anatomy departments to teach medical and dental students, radiological anatomy pari passu gross anatomy. This will lay a solid foundation for future understanding of two-dimensional and three-dimensional anatomy of organs.”

Emphasising the need to provide medical professionals the right exposure that will strengthen their specialty in radiology, he said, “Radiology residents in training programme of either West African College of Surgeons or Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College should, as a matter of compulsion, do a four to six week posting in the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology to give them exposure in Histopathology and make them more conversant with Forensic Radiology.

“The potential advantages of holistic radiological investigations are boundless. If we experience radiology’s bright future, we must keep up with the pace of its global development holistically.”