IRIA has been insisting the government to implement the PCPNDT Act strictly as radiologists are against female feticide but under the cover of effective implementation of PCPNDT Act the innocent radiologist should not be harassed or punished for minor errors.Shahid Akhter | ETHealthWorld | 10 February 2016, 8:33 AM IST
1. What are challenges you have to confront in radiology today?
The biggest challenge in radiology is to keep ourself updated with the latest advances in radiology as moving at a fast pace. Today many unrecognised centres have come up and many unqualified people are doing ultrasound. We need to have a regulated ultrasound practise and IRIA is doing a lot of work on this. With initiative of IRIA Delhi, High Court has directed ministry to formulate a course for regulator training in ultrasound. Now the persons with structured training in educational institutions, recognised for post graduation training in radiology and gynaecology have been allowed to do the ultrasound.
Second challenge is to undo harassment of radiology PCPNDT Act. Our radiologist friends are facing a lot of problems in PCPNDT because they are being unnecessarily harassed, their machines are being sealed on very minor issues and that is the biggest treat for us. We have been insisting the government to implement the PCPNDT Act strictly as radiologists are against female feticide but under the cover of effective implementation of PCPNDT Act the innocent radiologist should not be harassed or punished for minor errors. There should be a principle for graded punishment and IRIA has insisted for it.
Due to latest advances many new modalities are coming up and there is urgent need of continuous medical education for radiologist and IRIA is working very hard on this account .We have appointed national coordinators for resident education to impart good quality training to resident doctors. We have also started resident education programme and asked our state branches to collaborate with different educational institutions to hold such programmes.
2. When should we expect the radiation safety guidelines?
Radiation safety is a big issue and there should be at least one session on radiation safety as due to the overuse of investigations patients are being exposed to unnecessary radiation which is not a healthy sign. My message to our colleague radiologist is that we should use the investigations to the optimum level. Unnecessary investigation should not be advised and we should have enough safety precautions as we are responsible for the safety of our members, staff and patients also.
3. How is IRIA contributing to ensure better radiology practice?
IRIA has made guild lines and protocols for doing investigations and very soon these guild lines will be on public domain. We have made guild lines and speciality for everything like breast imaging, abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging etc. We have a speciality ad for all the major system of radiology which is responsible for making protocols and guild lines for regulated radiology practice.
4. The government’s vision is to bring a screening centre in every district. How viable do you think it is?
It is very good vision but there is a great dearth of radiologist in the country. This is the reason why so many unqualified persons are doing the ultrasound. The screening centre is a good idea but for that we also need to provide infrastructure, we should have adequate manpower and we have to increase the seats in post graduation to achieve this level.
If we don’t have adequate man power we should have a concept of teleradiology and telemedicine and the screening centres should be attached to some bigger centres. IRIA will be happy to give its input and is ready to suggest guild lines to the government in how the screening centre should be started, the infrastructure they should have and what should be done in screening centre.
5. Tell us about the mission and vision of IRIA.
My vision is to make radiology services accessible to the common man at an affordable price. We will carry forward PM’s vision of Beti Bachao beti padao and ensure that PCPNDT Act is enforced and at the same time innocent radiologist are not harassed. My vision will be to have a regulated radiology practice particularly ultrasound. We have to ensure and tell the government that only qualified person should be allowed to do the practise because ultimately it is the common man who is suffering.
We at IRIA level feel that every person should have an equal right at radiology service. It is our duty to take radiological service to the masses and provide solutions to anyone who deserves it. The government should give incentive to the radiology community to start a radiology practise. The government should give them the premises at affordable prices. My priority will be to save innocent radiologist from being harassed but the members who are engaging in female feticide will not be spared.