Medical workers at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) are refusing to use a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner for fear of been exposed to radiation.
According to a source, the CT scanner at the hospital is not properly sealed hence workers and patients are afraid that they will be exposed to radiation when using the machine.
The machines are vital for helping make decisions about treatment but medical workers at KCH fear that the radiation can cause serious danger to patients and the workers.
A CT scanner is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body.
The machine shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays.
CT scans are performed to help diagnose tumours, investigate internal bleeding, or check for other internal injuries or damage.
The CT scanner at Kamuzu Central Hospital is the first of its kind in Malawi and was commissioned in October 2013.