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The radiology department at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg has been awarded international accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is the first centre of its kind in South Africa to receive this accreditation.
“Parklane Radiology received the ACR gold seal of accreditation for three years following a recent review by ACR. Breast cancer patients are therefore assured of the highest levels of image quality and patient safety. We congratulate Parklane Radiology and the medical professionals practising there, as the accreditation affirms their considerable expertise in this field,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s hospital division.
“MRI of the breast offers valuable information to oncologists and other breast care specialists about a number of breast conditions that may not be obtained using other imaging technologies such as mammography or ultrasound,” he adds. “The MRI is therefore an important additional tool in the diagnosis and treatment of many patients, particularly those who are at high risk of breast cancer due to abnormal genetics and family history.”
The women’s imaging department which forms part of Parklane Radiology at Netcare Park Lane Hospital was developed in recent years by diagnostic radiologists Dr Harry Said, Dr Peter Schoub, Dr Leora Sweidan and Dr Sandy Wise. The comprehensive breast imaging service offered includes MRI, MRI-guided biopsies, tomosynthesis mammography and ultrasound. They have developed a comprehensive, world-class service that is entirely dedicated to, and specialises in, women’s imaging.
Dr Schoub says that the women’s imaging department works as part of an integrated, holistic team with other specialists at Netcare Park Lane Hospital, as well as with the Breast Care Centre of Excellence situated at Netcare Milpark Hospital. He adds that MRI is an extremely useful diagnostic tool in certain patients.
“Breast MRI is the most accurate imaging test available to detect breast cancer and is used to screen high risk patients, evaluate the extent of cancer, identify recurrent cancer and solve dilemmas presented by conventional imaging such as mammograms and ultrasounds,” explains Dr Schoub.
“It may also be used with other imaging approaches such as mammography and breast ultrasound to monitor a patient’s breast health, as it often detects smaller abnormalities in the breast that is not possible with other technologies such as mammography, and greatly assists in guiding breast cancer treatment plans,” he notes.
According to Dr Schoub, MRI can be extremely useful in younger female patients who tend to have denser breast tissue. As it does not use radiation, it can be used to conduct more regular breast screenings safely in younger women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer.
“Most breast MRIs are done following discussions between the radiologist and breast surgeon or oncologist. It plays a particularly important role in assessing the cancer extent and presence of multiple cancers. The knowledge gained from this scan helps the surgeons and oncologists to plan the most appropriate treatment for breast cancer patients.”
“Any facility performing breast MRIs must be capable of doing MRI guided biopsies – for example, if a small cancer is only visible on MRI, then it can only be sampled or biopsied by using MRI to localise the tumour. At Parklane Radiology we have accumulated considerable experience both in interpreting breast MRI scans and performing MRI guided biopsies,” explains Dr Schoub.
ACR accreditation is only awarded to facilities meeting its strict practice parameters and technical standards, and after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
“Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility technology and equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programmes are assessed,” says Dr Schoub. “The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
“We are exceptionally proud to have met the ACR’s stringent requirements and to be the first centre of this kind to be accredited in MRI by the ACR in South Africa,” concludes Dr Schoub.
More on the American College of Radiology (ACR)
The American College of Radiology (ACR) was founded in 1924 and is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.
The College serves more than 37 000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programmes focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
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News from Africa:
It is a well-known fact that South Africa is besieged with the big and continuously growing challenge of medical negligence and other personal injury claims. The country is however not alone in battling with this challenge, many other countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America, amongst others, are also seized with same.
Week after week the South African public reads articles and watches TV shows about cases of medical negligence, challenges regarding payment of settlements by the Department of Health, obstetricians abandoning the service of delivering babies for fear of being sued, and general mistrust in the public healthcare system. The claims per province as published in the October 2016 medico legal declaration by the Department of Health are startling. There are several efforts made by the Minister including the formation of the Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2016 that seeks to address improved quality of healthcare, patient safety and medical accountability and reduction in medico legal litigation.
As established consultants in the personal injury field SIMI Healthcare Solutions and SHA Inc believe that this matter needs serious and committed cross industry engagement. Such engagement would be done with a view to lift to the fore some of the critical variables that influence the direction, outcomes and consequences of litigation of personal injury cases. They believe that it is high time that these personal injury litigation issues are closely scrutinized and discussed so that solutions are found.
The importance of a symposium of this nature cannot be overemphasized. As Andiswa Gowa states, “In order for us to see a change in how personal injury claims are resolved, whether arising from Road Accidents or Medical negligence, there is a need to think beyond the established way of resolving these cases and find creative solutions. We firmly believe that such creative solutions are born out of a deep engagement and discussion. We, as practitioners in the field, should not only look to the establishment, but we have to try and find our own unique solutions, through dynamic community engagement. Until all key thinkers and stakeholders from the different professions come together to interrogate these issues, these creative solutions will continue to evade us”.
One of the crucial variables deserving such deep engagement is life expectancy. The question of Life Expectancy is relevant to the determination of the settlement values in medical negligence, Road Accident Fund and other personal injury claims. The extent and value of awards for future medical expenses, general wellbeing and ongoing care of claimants, future loss of earnings, education and others are very dependent on life expectancy projections.
Explaining the complexity South Africa faces with regards to life expectancy projections, Shivesh Haripersad says, “Typically, life expectancy of people with severe disabilities is determined by consulting foreign statistical databases. In South Africa we do not have a unique database of this kind and this results in us having to look to foreign databases to settle South African personal injury cases. If the key variables utilized in foreign statistical databases are not identified and properly understood, then this can result in inaccurate settlements for cases”.
It is for this reason that SIMI Healthcare Solutions (through its subsidiary SIMI Media) and SHA Inc have partnered together to host the “Life Expectancy Symposium – Personal Injury Claims: The Big Questions”. The symposium brings together, under one roof, international and local practitioners in personal injury litigation, doctors, insurers, therapists and other health professionals, in addition to statisticians, actuaries, case managers and government officials.
Background on SIMI Healthcare Solutions
SIMI Healthcare Solutions is a fully integrated medico legal services firm offering:
- Comprehensive medico legal case management service covering all aspects important to management of litigation and medical well being of the claimant. These services include facilitating the assessment, planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of care services to the client ensuring quality and cost-effective solutions are achieved. This also includes expert coordination, compilation of case management reports and coordination of joint legal and related expert teams.
- Advice on medico legal case merit and liability prior to litigation. Thorough investigation and analysis of cases could result in narrowing down the issues for litigation, reduced number of cases for litigation and more well considered and objective settlements. SIMI Healthcare Solutions aids this process by arranging all necessary medico legal expert assessments and reports to help the legal teams come to conclusions regarding the merits of the case as early as possible. Information gathered during this phase also helps in exploration of alternative dispute resolution or other early settlement mechanisms.
Background on SHA Inc SHA INC (SHIVESH HARIPERSAD & ASSOCIATES INC) is a law firm that deals primarily with personal injury litigation. SHA Inc. has built its reputation by combining its knowledge of the law with research and investigation into many other fields, i.e. Medicine, Statistics, etc. It offers this service to entities engaged in the personal injury sphere, whether that be private individuals/companies or larger institutions.
The Firm works closely with key medical, legal and financial persons to break down and assess whether claims that arise within the spectrum of the personal injury sphere, can establish key questions of negligence and causation and, if so, what are the appropriate amounts of damage to be awarded. Answers to these questions require identifying and working with experts and information that span varying professions and jurisdictions.
What sets SHA Inc. apart, as a unique player in this field, is its ability to identify those key issues, determine the level of multidisciplinary expert integration required and connect those varying players in a way that is meaningful and beneficial to parties on all sides in reaching and receiving justice.
More Info on Medical Negligence Claims: The Big Questions here: http://www.simimedia.com
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Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 August, 2017 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced RS Pro ranges of plug-in and desktop power supplies including units that come with approvals for use in medical applications. Designed for use in medical equipment, the products have low leakage current <100uA, two MOPP input to output isolation, and are suitable for BF applications.
All the new RS Pro power supplies offer universal input voltages and are double insulated, feature short circuit and overload protection, and offer low standby power consumption. Fully compliant with medical IEC60601-1 and ITE IEC90950-1 safety approvals, the single-output supplies are fitted with standard 2.1×5.5x11mm DC output connectors.
The plug-in power supplies are available in voltage outputs of 5, 9, 12 and 24V DC, and a range of power ratings including 6, 18 and 24W units. They are supplied with four interchangeable mains plug-heads for use in UK, Europe, USA, Japan and Australia.
The RS Pro series of desktop power supply adapter units features a standard C14 input socket. The single-output switch-mode supplies are available in various voltage output and power ratings, including 5V/20W, 12V/30W, 24V/30W, 12V/63W and 24V/63W.
Targeting diverse applications including single board computers, wireless communications, and peripherals, portable equipment such as tablets and smartphones, as well as telecoms and networking equipment, the range offers the value for money and high quality that is characteristic of the RS Pro brand.
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‘Schools should not adopt one religion to the exclusion of others’ – judge: The High Court in Johannesburg has handed down a ruling on religion in public schools, saying that schools can’t promote one religion.
Molefe’s Labour Court bid linked to High Court review of reappointment, court hears: The Labour Court heard that its decision on whether or not former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s dismissal was unlawful would have a direct impact on a separate High Court bid which seeks to have his reappointment reviewed.
Thembisile Yende murder accused consulted sangoma for ‘cloak of invisibility’: The investigating officer in the Thembisile Yende murder trial says that accused David Ngwenya, and two other suspects, came together shortly after the alleged murder to speak to a sangoma who makes people “invisible” to those investigating the case.
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Bail of convicted child rapist model boss should be revoked, court hears: Convicted child rapist Dawie de Villiers’ bail should be revoked pending the finalisation of transcripts, the High Court in Johannesburg has heard.
News from Africa:
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Life-saving medical care not available to 'people of nothing'
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