Despite the emergence of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) over forty years ago, most countries in Africa still have limited access to this clinically beneficial and revolutionary imaging tool. In developed nations, MRI is an essential health technology and the rapid use of MRI research in clinics have undeniably transformed how- complex diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart diseases are managed, leading to the dramatic increased use of this expensive but necessary technology. In Africa on the other hand, the lack of infrastructure to operate MRI centers and a severe shortage in skilled MRI personnel have sustained the limited access to MRI. With nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, Africa has on average less than 0.5 MRI units per 1 million inhabitants compared to 20-37 units/million in the USA and Western Europe.
This session shines a light on the challenges to access and use of MRI in sub-Saharan Africa and opportunities for growth. The session will feature five 12-minute talks on this theme by MRI practitioners in Africa, followed by panel discussion (30 minutes) and unique networking opportunities (30 minutes) via Break-out rooms.
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