This workshop is organized in collaboration with the International Scientific Exchange Program (ISEP) of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). This workshop is also endorsed by the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP) and supported by multiple local and international professional bodies within the Asia Pacific region.
Officiated the opening ceremony of the event is Professor Dr. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), UM. A total of 214 local and international participants attended this workshop.
Medical imaging, one of the fastest growing of all healthcare sectors, has evolved from the very first use of X-ray in human since its discovery in 1895 to multimodality hybrid imaging, through tremendous technological advancements over years. It is now an indispensable tool for the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of patients for various diseases.
There are numerous imaging modalities available today (eg. general X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), etc), each of them is operated based on different principles and mechanisms, with unique advantages and limitations. It is therefore important to understand the physical principles behind these advanced technologies and utilise them judiciously to diagnose the disease in an efficient fashion for healthcare improvement as well as cost effectiveness.
For the first time being held in Malaysia after Thailand (2013), the workshop is going to host six world-leading medical physicists including the President of the AAPM, Professor John Boone, as well as three distinguish speakers from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. The workshop is certified for CME (Continuing Medical Education), CPD (Continuing Professional Development), MDCB (Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board) and CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs) by the respected certification bodies.
The theme for this workshop is “Building Foundations for Sound Clinical Practice”. This four-day comprehensive workshop is oriented to medical imaging professionals; including the radiologists, oncologists, medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, radiographers, technologists, as well as researchers who are involved in the practice of diagnostic, nuclear and oncologic imaging.
Particular emphasis will be directed on the increasingly important roles of multimodality imaging in treatment planning and disease management, as well as the related quality assurance protocols and standards.
It is our hope that through an enhanced understanding of the fundamental physics of the technological advancements in this rapidly growing specialty, the level of expertise in medical imaging can be elevated, thus improving healthcare and wellness for the people in our region.
This workshop is also an event to celebrate the 3rd International Day of Medical Physics, which falls on 7th November annually, to commemorate the birthday of Madam Marie Curie, the pioneer in radioactivity discovery.
Chai-Hong Yeong & Cheng Saw
AAPM/IOMP/ISEP Imaging Physics Workshop 2015
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