Dr. Sorantin, Network Coordinator and his colleague Dr. Lacekova
This interdisciplinary network is specialized on cooperation between medical and engineering departments. Especially in terms of Pediatric Imaging, one of the main focusses of the network, procedures and interpretation are even more challenging, because children are not simply “small adults”.
They differ, both in body proportion and composition, and their bones are still growing and thus show epiphyses, which should not be misinterpreted as fractures.
Radiation protection is key as children are still growing and thus more of their cells are in the sensitive division phase. Children younger than 10 years of age carry a 3 - 4 times higher risk of incurring DNA damage and developing leukemia or solid tumors than adults at the age of 30 - 40. Also psychological aspects need to be considered. Infants and young children react instinctively to unknown and scary situations, their patience is limited. It is therefore essential to work swiftly and smoothly as not to overtax the patients´ endurance.
54 institutes are working together and due to the complexity of the subjects dealt with, the special experience of each partner is a valuable input for the whole network. The network won the CEEPUS Ministers' Prize of Excellence in 2020 !
They offer various exchange activities, research topics, common publications and a lot of enthusiasm due to their long term cooperation!
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