Pakistani Specialists Prepare to Combat Lifestyle Diseases

Pakistani Specialists Prepare to Combat Lifestyle Diseases

November 05, 2018 at 01:11pm

With Pakistan facing rising levels of obesity and high blood pressure, lifestyle diseases are not far behind. GE Healthcare is providing training on key technologies that enable early diagnosis and timely care.

By expanding expertise in Pakistan, GE Healthcare is helping doctors, clinics and hospitals deliver better outcomes for patient suffering from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Most recently, this included five days of workshops and lectures, held in collaboration with Shirazi Trading, on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).

Sixty specialists attended from clinics and hospitals in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Peshawar, Bahawalpur and Faisalabad.

The series of lectures, case studies and hands-on training was led by GE experts, including renowned Italy-based cardiologist Dr. Saima Mushtaq, a Clinical Leader for CT and MRI; Murat Karakoc, a Clinical Leader for CT, and Dr. Ibrahim Elmogy, MD, a Clinical Leader for MRI.

The program included both practical training on how to conduct medical imaging scanning and post-processing for MRI and CT, as well as analysis and review of real case studies and reading-with-expert sessions.

For CT imaging, the workshops covered a range of topics, including lung nodule analysis and lung emphysema analysis, liver volume and segmentation, bone removal and vessel analysis, aneurysm analysis and hematoma measurement, brain stroke evaluation, CT colonoscopy and polyp analysis, cardiac vessel analysis and dual energy applications.

In the area of MRI, participants learned about recent advances in diffuse liver diseases like hepatic steatosis, fibrosis and iron overload, and participated in hands-on reviews of cases showcasing the value of advanced MRI technology in diagnosis such endemic & complicated diseases. Also covered was MRI perfusion and the possibilities tractography raises for clinical application.

Dr. Mushtaq of Milan’s Centro Cardiologico Monzino, facilitated three clinical cardiac workshops, addressing clinical indication of Cardiac CT and technological developments; prognostic role of cardiac CT and plaque vulnerability; FFR-CT; CT perfusion; CMR principles, sequences, scan protocols, post-processing and clinical applications of Cardiac MRI.

“Through these workshops and similar continuous medical educational activities, we hope to highlight the potential of innovative medical technology in further advancing healthcare standards in Pakistan,” said Dr. Mazhar Qureshi, Country Manager for GE Healthcare in Pakistan.

Read more stories here about GE Healthcare’s support to expand medical expertise in Pakistan and across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region.

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