During January and February, Lodox held a series of Breakfast Symposia on a roadshow to Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KZN and the Western Cape. Guests from current installation sites, as well as potential new target sites, were invited to listen to presentations from end users. The invited speakers highlighted their experiences with, and the advantages of having, a Lodox full-body, low-dose X-ray scanner.
The invited speakers at the Cape Town symposium were Professor Sebastian van As from Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Mowbray, and Doctor Linda Liebenberg from Salt River Forensic Pathology Services.
Although the emphasis of the talks and the experiences of the und users were quite different, there was a lot of synergy between the specialists. One of the guests asked how a trauma doctor would know how to differentiate between entrance and exit gunshot wounds. Professor Lorna Martin from Salt River FPS explained that although this is covered in the forensic pathology modules that all medical students take during their training, a refresher course could be offered by a forensic pathologist to help transfer expertise to the other field.
It is obvious that a trauma doctor needs to concentrate on saving a life and doesn’t have time to measure wound sizes. Therefore, a further suggestion was that the wounds could be recorded with a digital camera and the images could be sent to a forensic pathologist for evaluation and comment.
Professor van As highlighted that there were several differences in the types of injuries seen in children compared to adults. Therefore, it was important to share this information with colleagues who might see only a few cases involving children, and who might try to extrapolate finding based on things observed in adult patients.
Professor Andy Nicol from Groote Schuur Hospital made the point that the Lodox scanner was very useful for angiography, and asked whether anybody else was using it for that. Professor van As responded that vascular injuries were quite rare in children, but that he was very interested in learning the technique from Professor Nicol.
The symposium brought together a diverse group of specialists, from radiographers to trauma surgeons, clinical engineers to forensic pathologists. Hopefully, the seeds for new synergies and communication channels between the groups have been planted so that valuable information can be shared and built upon.