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Sino Luso 32 Imaging Training
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Dr. Billy Chan



The Sino Luso International Medical Forum held its' 32nd series in Macau this past weekend.

The seminars at the Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Foundation in Macau, China brought together medical imaging experts from around the world to teach ultrasound basics as well as advanced medical imaging techniques to the city’s frontline healthcare providers.

The president of Sino Luso International Medical Forum, Dr. Manson Fok, remarked on the weekend’s events, saying, “We saw a great turn out. This was our 32nd forum in the series, and we saw a strong collaboration with a fantastic team of experts from Portugal, the UK, Australia, Taipei and Hong Kong. The forum program concentrated on the most recent developments in medical imaging technology and clinical practice, plus applications of new methods and instrumentation.”

Dr. Fok continued, “ This forum created an atmosphere with emphasis on scientific objectivities and medical professional development. Our forums are vital for the synchronized activities supporting healthcare professional growth internationally. This forum has become a great platform for meeting other healthcare professionals and for establishing contacts and networks decisive for future expansion here in Macau. I feel that by hosting this weekend’s symposiums we can make a difference. This provides an opportunity to share and discuss cancer care, lung and heart diseases. Sonographers, radiologists, cardiologists, gynecologists, and emergence medical front line staff and scientists that work on new technologies sometimes witness groundbreaking scientific news first hand. This is absolutely amazing to see here at this series.”

The forum’s key organizer, Dr. Billy Chan, who serves as the Director at the Center of Excellence at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), highlighted the strengths of sonography training that transpired this weekend.

Dr. Chan explained, “We have been running many medical sonography programs in our academic year from 2015 – 2016. As our faculty of health sciences continually seeks to innovate and improve our certificate courses, we have now in our center two real ultrasound machines that we deploy with real live actor-patients. This integrates our training workshops as well as four ultrasound simulation systems with the superb realism of the VR simulation system in simulating the ultrasound scanning experience. Combined with live scanning workshops, this way allows us to evaluate technical skills in a more accurate manner.”

Dr. Chan continued, “ This is an important development for certification in the area of examination skills in OBGYN, abdominal scan and emergency medicine and its subspecialties. We are delighted to see many local doctors and trainers are taking advantage of using this training center on a regular basis to achieve their commitments with the most realistic and effective ultrasound examinations possible.”
Another presenter, Dr. Julian Fong, a regional expert on breast cancer noted of the forum, “This has been a great meeting, for a Saturday afternoon. I am seeing a completely full house event here in the lecture hall, this shows that local Macau doctors and nurses are really willing to come here to gain some more knowledge in the field of medical imaging. It is also very encouraging to see many overseas experienced medical experts eager to share their knowledge and bring their colleagues onboard here in Macau.”

Of breast cancer prevention and the latest mammogram scanning, Dr. Fong said, “2D mammogram know-how has been commercialized in the West since the late 80s. 3D mammogram is a rather new technology which has already been approved by the US and European authorities, we also have been deploying this technology in this region to look for signs of calcification or masses in the breast tissue. Throughout the procedure, a patient is placed before a 3D mammography system; her breasts are held in place by two compression plates. Then we take multiple X-ray images of the breast. These days, the 2nd generation 3D mammography produces voluminous X-ray images of the breasts from multiple angles to create a digital 3-dimensional rendering of internal breast tissue. This is in comparison with the older 2D mammography which produces just two images of each breast, a side-to-side view and a top-to-bottom view.”

Overall, the forum brought advanced simulation training technology into perfect 3d proportion for Macau’s frontline healthcare providers.