I am very pleased to announce that under the leadership of Prof Kwan-Hoong Ng,
AOSR is launching “AsiaSafe” program. He is at the Department of Biomedical Imaging,
University of Malaya, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He is a world renowned physicist with in
excess of 175 peer reviewed publications and recipient of numerous awards.
It is unfortunately that the awareness of radiation safety and implementation of programs to curtail radiation exposure amongst our patients and staff is somewhat limited in our region. The last 10-15 years has seen an exponential growth in the utilisation of CT, fluoroscopy and interventional procedures. This compounded by poor knowledge on radiation protection, lack of Quality Assurance programs and improper or no use of radiation protection tools has unfortunately exposed our patients and staff to
unacceptable levels of radiation. It is very timely that this issue is addressed.
Radiation protection is a culture that is developed by acquiring and disseminating
knowledge and implementing strategies and practices related to radiation safety. Such a
strong culture in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments and strict adherence to
ALARA principles is essential in providing safe and effective diagnosis and treatment to
I am confident that this campaign led by Prof Ng will bring about a change management within this region by instilling education and training of the staff and professionals and putting in place Quality Assurance (QA) program in each and every department in our region.
AOSR is committed to support Prof Ng in this campaign but his vision and goals cannot
be achieved without the support, drive and initiative by each and every one of us. By
launching this campaign we are joining various other regions that have successfully
implemented similar programs.
Let us pledge to protect our patients and staff from unnecessary radiation exposure.
A/Prof Dinesh Varma,