Radiology and sustainable development, Dr. Naglaa Abdallah
Dr. Naglaa Mostafa Elsayed Abdallah
Diagnostic Radiology Department, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah
Diagnostic Radiology Department, Faculty of Medicine
Cairo University, Cairo
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the relation between radiology and sustainable development with emphasis on the UK and European countries, and to spotlight its possible application in the developing countries.
Design/methodology/approach: This is a review paper where data about sustainable development and radiology are collected from selected journals, websites, articles and conferences, e.g. Royal College of Radiology, European Society of Radiology, World Health Organization and other different radiology societies.
Findings: Adoption of sustainable diagnostic radiology by many countries in Europe and the UK helps to provide imaging services efficiently and effectively, with simultaneous preservation of the natural resources, patient health and environment much better than before. The developing and underdeveloped countries should follow this knowledge hoping to reach the same goals.
Practical implications: Limiting the use of radiologic examinations, guide the clinicians to use clinical skills before rushing to radiology examinations will save money, preserve equipment and protect patients from possible radiation hazards. The use of teleradiology will indirectly reduce global warming, and will deliver medical services to poor countries.
Social implications: Improving the health of people of poor countries will improve their socioeconomic level.
Originality/value: This paper focuses on the value of applying sustainable development in radiology not only in general medicine.
Keywords: Sustainable development; Developing countries; Europe; Radiation hazards; Radiology; Teleradiology.
Citation: Elsayed Abdallah, N.M. (2016), "Radiology and sustainable development", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 89-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-01-2016-0005