n SA Journal of Radiology - The HPCSA and radiology : letters

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



I find the letter by Professor van Niekerk which was published in the June 2010 edition of the South African Journal of Radiology most interesting. He stated that it was acceptable for specialists such as cardiologists to use ionising radiation for imaging in their practices, but went on to mention 'the proliferation of many diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that are reliant on expensive equipment'.

Thank you for your response. The HPCSA policy is that doctors may practise in fields in which they have had adequate training. If training is perceived to be inadequate, it is up to the person(s)/group believing it to be so to persuade those who are responsible for regulation and for education to address this. It was in response to the inadequacy of the training of general practitioners who owned X-ray equipment that the committee was established.

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