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Hill date with nuclear medicine
- 250 delegates for meet

Darjeeling, Sept. 17: Nuclear medicine experts from India and abroad will meet in Darjeeling to interact with local doctors at a workshop to be held between October 29 and 31.

More than 250 high-profile delegates, from across the country and United States, England and Bangladesh, are scheduled to attend the workshop.

The workshop is part of the Association of Nuclear Medicine Physicians of India to popularise this branch of medical science in the Northeast and neighbouring areas.

A.K. Das, the secretary of the association, said: 'Nuclear medicine is an emerging field and is popular in major cities. Specific isotopes are used to detect any problem, and it is not very expensive.'

D. Selvamurthy, the chief controller of research and development of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, and Bikash Sinha, the director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, will be present at the workshop. There are around 250 centres of nuclear medicine in India, but only one in Bengal.

'During our interaction with the medical fraternity in Darjeeling, Sikkim and across north Bengal, we hope to come up with plans for centres at Manipal University in Sikkim as well as North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Silguri,' said Das.

'Our main objective is to introduce this science ' the standard of which in our country is on a par with the best in the world ' in every nook and corner of India. Of all places in the Northeast, we found Darjeeling to be most suited to holding a conference of this magnitude,' said Das.

Even though radioactive isotopes are used during the diagnosis and treatment of patients, Das, assured that there would be no radiation-related problems.

'In fact, certain norms are followed during treatment and we ask patients to have the medicines in the presence of physicians. Every little use of the isotope will be monitored by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and it is absolutely safe,' said Das.

Delegates will discuss the latest techniques in the field and familiarise local doctors with the subject.

The conference is scheduled to be inaugurated by Subash Ghisingh.

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