March 27,2012

Mafraq Hospital holds conference on Patient Radiation Safety

Mafraq Hospital, owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), recently held a conference on patient radiation safety with local and international speakers. The conference was held in conjunction with The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Radiation safety is very important due to the number if X rays that are taken all over the world. The UAE is no different and there has been an increase in the number of X Rays taken in all hospitals. Mafraq Hospital alone has 73 employees supervising 34 X ray machines.

Dr Noumann Habab, Chairman of the Radiology Department, Mafraq Hospital said: ‘It is vital that all employees throughout the UAE comply with the strict international standards set by FANR and avoid overusing X Rays.'

Dr Mustafa Majali, FANR Inspector, added. ‘Regulations and policies set by IAEA are strictly imposed and rules are also in place to ensure safety of those employees handling X Ray machines.'

The 2 day conference covered radiations safety education and training; measures to minimize radiation exposure and evaluation to ensure regulations are applied.