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Washington, DC, 10 December 2019 (PAHO) - More than 20 representatives from countries in the Caribbean came together in Miami, US, from 12-14 November 2019, to participate in a meeting on "Improving Quality Assurance of Radiology Services in the Caribbean," organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The meeting aimed at improving the quality and safety of radiology services by implementing Quality Assurance (QA) Programs at the facility level as required in the International Basis Safety Standards (BSS).

QA plays an important role in patient safety and quality of care by ensuring proper equipment operation for radiation safety, image quality for viewing, and, ultimately, accurate interpretation and diagnosis.

During the meeting, partners such as the American College of Radiology (ACR) and PAHO experts presented the roles and responsibilities of each radiology team member and offered tools to develop and implement robust quality assurance programs while considering available resources. The International Atomic energy Agency (IAEA) presented current and future technical cooperation projects for the Caribbean.

Participants shared the current situation of radiology services in the countries, identified gaps and discussed potential solutions and future projects. They also discussed specific project proposals per country, prioritized by high impact and low cost. Additionally, attendees agreed on common projects for the Subregion, included one specific to ensure that all mammography units in the Caribbean will have a QA Program implemented.

Participants representing the following countries attended the meeting: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.