Radiography machineIn recognition of World Radiography Day, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is spreading awareness about the important role of radiography in medicine.

World Radiography Day is celebrated every year on 8 November. The day marks the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895. Radiologists around the world recognize the day by raising awareness about radiographic imaging and therapy.

According to the Head of the Radiology Department at Al Wakra Hospital, Dr Mahmoud Heidous, Al Wakra Hospital offers the most advanced diagnostic radiography equipment and is providing a service that residents of Al Wakra, and the surrounding communities, once had to travel to Doha for. He said:

Since the beginning of this year, the Radiology Department at Al Wakra Hospital has served more than 20,000 patients.

RadiographyDr Heidous says radiographers are an important part of the healthcare team, adding that the imaging radiography provides allows for high accuracy and precision in both diagnosis and treatment plans. He said:

Many people don’t know what a radiographer does. If you have an accident and go to hospital, the chances are that you will see a diagnostic radiographer. They produce images that are used to diagnose injury or disease, and radiography is also used therapeutically during image-guided, minimal invasive procedures, like biopsies and giving injections for nerve blocking in the spine and joints.’

Diagnostic radiology includes X-rays that provides images of the bones, ultrasound to monitor unborn babies and diagnose problems in organs, like the liver, fluoroscopy to check the digestive system, CT scansto create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissue in the body, MRI’sto build a 2D or 3D map of the body’s tissue and angiography, which takes images of blood vessels.

Radiography xrayRadiotherapy is also used to treat cancer, which is a special treatment available at HMC’s National Center for Cancer Care and Research. Dr Heidous said:

Here at Al Wakra Hospital, we have the most advanced diagnostic radiography equipment to meet the needs of the growing population. Our services have reduced the waiting time for children requiring anesthesia during MRI’s by taking cases from Hamad General Hospital’s long waiting list.’

We have all the facilities and we are in the process of increasing our manpower. Our plans to further expand and recruit more healthcare professionals will further support our goalof meeting the needs of the population in the future.’

Al Wakra Hospital is also planning to provide mammography services for breast cancer screening in the near future.