- In collaboration with Myanmar Radiological Society to deliver wide-ranging program
- Introduces Myanmar’s first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) – Computed Tomography (CT)
Yangon, Myanmar – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced the start of a year-long program of clinical education in association with the Myanmar Radiological Society. The program kicks off with a special symposium, to address the broad application of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and radio pharmacology in Myanmar. This program underscores Philips commitment to supporting the advancement of clinical practice in the country. Through a series of lectures and panel discussions with guest opinion leaders in the field of PET and Computed Tomography (CT) health professionals in Myanmar will have the opportunity to further their skills and knowledge in clinical applications of imaging technology.
Philips also announced that the company is proud to introduce the first PET/CT imaging system to Myanmar, which will result in higher imaging capabilities and greater diagnostic confidence to improve management of cancers, neurological and cardiovascular diseases. The PET/CT imaging system will be installed at Yangon General Hospital.
“Philips is committed to improving the lives of patients and help clinicians in Myanmar with meaningful healthcare solutions. We do this by developing innovations across the entire continuum of care in partnership with clinicians and our customers to improve patient outcomes, provide better value and expand access to care. Our clinical education program is an excellent example of how we will work in Myanmar and compliments the recently set-up ASEAN Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Network which was initiated across the region to facilitate constructive debate and knowledge sharing, including in Myanmar,” said Vincent Chan, General Manager, ASEAN, Philips Healthcare.
The education program will roll-out in three phases which will see participants begin with fundamentals of imaging technology, including PET/CT, before moving on to advanced multi-modality applications and finally complete clinical skills solutions. The first phase of the training will take place between May 2013 and March 2014 and focus on technology essentials and specific trends and capabilities, including additional sessions on Nuclear Medicine, MRI and Ultrasound imaging.
The Ministry of Health, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is pioneering the development of Nuclear Medicine in the country, beginning with the deployment of the country’s first PET/CT facility and the localization of radionuclide production. Nuclear Medicine is a safe, painless and cost-effective way of diagnosing and treating diseases that would otherwise require surgery or more expensive diagnostic tests. Using Nuclear Medicine imaging procedures can often identify medical problems long before they are apparent via other diagnostic tests.
In addition to regular symposiums held in Myanmar, the Philips Education program will also seek to make available to Myanmar Radiological Society participants its CE-accredited distance learning platform, the Philips Learning Center (www.theonlinelearningcenter.com). This easy-to-use accredited continuing healthcare education platform offers access to over 1,200 quality medical courses and an extensive library of clinical cases – all via the Internet.
The first session, held at the Kan Daw Gyi Palace Hotel in Yangon on May 19 covered a range of issues including lectures giving an overview of PET/CT technology, a presentation on best practices in nuclear medicine application, and a panel discussion about oncology clinical cases, where examples of breast, lung, and other cancers were discussed. Medical experts from Myanmar, Australia, India, Singapore and Thailand presented along with Philips Healthcare professionals during the whole day event.
In support of our commitment to sustainably build up Myanmar’s Healthcare infrastructure, Philips has also appointed local partners-Snow Everest and JJ-Pun as its distributor of its Healthcare products and services.