Underutilisation of nuclear medicine scans at a regional hospital in Nigeria: need for implementation research

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Published: 28 Aug 2020
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Dr Akintunde Orunmuyi - University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr Akintunde Orunmuyi speaks to ecancer about his new ecancermedicalscience article titled, 'Underutilisation of nuclear medicine scans at a regional hospital in Nigeria: need for implementation research'.

He explains that currently there is a very small footprint of nuclear medicine in Nigeria despite recent efforts to train doctors for a larger number of centres.

Dr Orunmuyi states that the situation in Nigeria largely resembles that of the rest of the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa but he points out that South Africa is much further ahead in the field.

He believes that, although it may be easy to introduce new technologies in the west, some technologies like nuclear medicine were not designed with Africa in mind.

Despite the challenges Dr Orunmuyi sees a bright future for nuclear medicine in Nigeria and Africa, highlighting the importance of the implementation research for new technologies in order to better implement them in Nigeria.

Read the full ecancermedicalscience article here.