The Power of Data: Supporting Cancer Prevention through to Relief at the IAEA

The Power of Data: Supporting Cancer Prevention through to Relief at the IAEA



During the event, ten experts shared their experiences on how data from seven publicly available human health records global databases can be used in research and teaching. This includes the IAEA DIrectory of RAdiothery Centers (DIRAC), the oldest database founded more than 60 years ago. Like other human health databases, this registry can provide data from radiotherapy centers that can be used in research – DIRAC-based data has been used in more than 140 publications – as well as in clinical practice.

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During the event, ten experts shared their experiences on how data from seven publicly available human health records global databases can be used in research and teaching. This includes the IAEA DIrectory of RAdiothery Centers (DIRAC), the oldest database founded more than 60 years ago. Like other human health databases, this registry can provide data from radiotherapy centers that can be used in research – DIRAC-based data has been used in more than 140 publications – as well as in clinical practice.

“DIRAC is a powerful tool to help clinicians choose the right cancer treatment centers around the world,” said Ibrahim Duhaini, senior medical physicist at Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Lebanon. “As the DIRAC coordinator for my country, I help my physics colleagues to continuously update the status and functionality of our 13 radiation therapy centers to help patients [around the] Country.”

Databases such as IMAGINE, a registry of medical imaging and nuclear medicine resources, and DIRAC can also help professionals in health economics. This branch of economics applies financial theories and models to health and healthcare. Data from DIRAC and IMAGINE are displayed in visual form such as MS and charts and help in planning future health activities or in assessing efficiency and effectiveness. The databases could help the countries to estimate the budget required for a new computed tomography (CT), for example. The countries can then not only estimate the budget for purchasing such a machine, but also take into account the operating and maintenance costs.

“The IAEA IMAGINE database provides, for the first time, detailed information on medical imaging equipment and workers in 200 countries worldwide,” said Andrew Scott, director of the Department of Molecular Imaging and Thery, Austin Health, Australia, one of the speakers at the event. “These data are critical to efforts to improve health outcomes for cancer patients, especially in low- and middle-income countries.”

Data can help prioritize medical investments to save lives: panel members discussed Lancet oncology Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine Commission report, a data-driven study jointly led by IAEA experts to assess global imaging and nuclear medicine needs. It turns out that increased access to nuclear medicine and medical imaging services would prevent nearly 2.5 million cancer deaths worldwide by 2030 and generate global productivity gains of $ 1.41 trillion – a net return of over $ 200 per $ invested.

Treating nutritional problems with IAEA data has also helped policy makers in several countries. the IAEA database for doubly labeled water (DLW)For example, which contains over 7600 measurements of human energy use over the past three decades using a stable isotope technique, it can help researchers study the effects of a more sedentary lifestyle on nutritional needs.

The participants also discussed the importance of collaborative data collection via online platforms such as International Research Integration System (IRIS).

“The more robust the data we collect and maintain, the more we can help Member States and the better results we can achieve,” said Abdel-Wahab in her concluding remarks.

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