Dubai meet-up to talk X-rays


THE Dur­ban-based pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Ra­dio­g­ra­phers and Ra­di­o­log­i­cal Tech­nol­o­gists, Dr Fozy Peer, is ex­pect­ing a right royal wel­come when she at­tends a con­fer­ence in Dubai to­day to cel­e­brate World Ra­dio­g­ra­phy Day.

Since Peer, pic­tured, and her bid com­mit­tee won the host city sta­tus for the World Congress of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Ra­dio­g­ra­phers and Ra­di­o­log­i­cal Tech­nol­o­gists in Dur­ban in 2008, the Westville prac­ti­tioner has pas­sion­ately pro­moted World Ra­dio­g­ra­phy Day ev­ery year on Novem­ber 8, when homage is paid to the dis­cov­ery of the X-ray, 122 years ago.

Peer, the head of nu­clear medicine at Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli Cen­tral hos­pi­tal in Cato Manor, and Pro­fes­sor Leon Janse van Rens­burg, of the Ra­di­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of South Africa, jointly chaired the three-day SA Imag­ing Congress at the ICC in Dur­ban.

As soon as the congress ended on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Peer headed straight for the air­port for her overnight flight to Dubai.

“It was one of my tight­est sched­ules since be­ing elected pres­i­dent of the world body in 2015,” she said be­fore her de­par­ture.

Peer was at­tend­ing the three­day joint sit­ting of the 2017 Imag­ing Con­fer­ence of the na­tional ra­dio­g­ra­phy and ra­di­ol­ogy so­ci­eties, which started on Sun­day.

In her key­note ad­dress she spoke on ra­di­a­tion pro­tec­tion and pa­tient safety.

Peer said ra­dio­g­ra­phy owed its break­through and ad­vance­ment to Pro­fes­sor Wil­helm Ront­gen, who dis­cov­ered X-rays, and was awarded the No­bel Peace Prize in 1901 for his sci­en­tific achieve­ment.

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