Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Health Sciences and Turkish Cypriot Radiographers’ Association collaboratively held the “Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety Symposium” on October 20, 2018, Saturday (10:00 – 16:00) at EMU Mustafa Afşin Ersoy Auditorium with 150 participants.
The opening speeches of the symposium were given by Prof. Dr. Sonuç Zorlu Oğurlu (Vice-Rector: Student Affairs) Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç (Dean at Faculty of Health Sciences) and Rad. Tech. Songül Bahar.
Songül Bahar said that like many other fields, in the medicine and health, it is impossible to provide sufficient and quality service to the public without education. She emphasised the enabling nature of congress and symposiums in following the latest scientific and technological renovations. In her speech, during the conference held with the collaboration of EMU Faculty of Health Sciences, Bahar extended her gratitude to EMU and everyone who contributed to the symposium. At the end of her speech, she wished for the symposium to be scientifically beneficial for the participants. In her statement, Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç said that all living and non-living things are exposed to radiation; both by natural ways such as air, water and earth, and even the radiation emitting from their own bodies, and by artificial radiation sources. Prof. Dr. Malkoç also said that the use of radiation in the diagnosis, treatment and research fields brings forward the concept of radiation safety. Prof. Dr. Malkoç also thanked all the EMU academic and administrative personnel and members of the Turkish Cypriot Radiographers’ Association for their contributions. During her speech, Prof. Dr. Sonuç Zorlu Oğurlu (Vice Rector: Student Affairs) said that radiation is part of our lives and despite the awareness concerning medical radiation, everyone is exposed to the radiation emitted by technological devices all day long. Saying that this symposium will be very beneficial for informing the public on radiation safety, Prof. Dr. Oğurlu on behalf of EMU, expressed their happiness in hosting such a symposium. The first session of the symposium included Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Yurt’s (from Dokuz Eylül University) presentation titled “What is Radiation? How is it measured? What are the basic criteria for Radiation Protection?” and Dr. Fuat Türköz Çiner’s (from Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu Hospital) presentation titled “Biological Effects of Ionising Radiation”. The session moderators were Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç (Faculty of Health Sciences, Dean) and Rad. Tech. Songül Bahar.
All Health Radiation Related Topics Were Discussed
The second session of the symposium was moderated by Assist. Prof. Dr. Gülten Sucu Dağ (Vice - Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences) and Rad. Tech. Adem Abiç. During the second session, Süreyya Vudalı (M.D. at Cyprus Central Hospital) presented “Radiological Diagnosis Systems and Risk Evaluation” and “Radiological Treatment Systems and Risk Evaluation” was presented by Assist. Prof. Dr. Nina Tuncel from Akdeniz University.
During the session moderated by Prof. Dr. Doğan Bor (from Ankara University), and Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Yurt (from Dokuz Eylül University), Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bozkurt from Akdeniz University gave a speech titled “Implications for Health-care Employee Protection and Solution Proposals”.
Prof. Dr. Doğan Bor moderated the panel after the conclusion of the conference. During the panel titled “National Substructure Policies and Solution Proposals in Radiation Protection from Ionising Radiation Sources”, Nezaket Özgür from TMRT-DER, Head of Radiographers’ Association Rad Tech. Songül Gülbahar and Rad. Tech. Mehmet Bölüm each gave speeches. Nezaket Özgür from TMRT-DER, Head of Radiographers’ Association Rad Tech. Nezaket Özgür from TMRT-DER, Head of Radiographers’ Association Rad Tech. Songül Gülbahar both gave speeches during the panel titled “Personal Benefits Panel Interactive Session” moderated by Assist. Prof Dr. Seray Kabaran (Vice-Dean at EMU Faculty of Health Sciences).