Dr Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie is Euracare Ghana’s Head of Radiology & Interventional Radiologist. A Ghanaian national, Dr Sarkodie holds the distinction of being the first certified Interventional Radiologist in Ghana. In addition to completing a Visiting Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S., he completed a clinical fellowship in Endovascular and Interventional Radiology at the Singapore General Hospital. A Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons as well as a lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry, in 2014 he was the recipient of the international scholar award program of the Society of Interventional Radiology.
Minimally-Invasive, Image-Guided Procedures Performed by a U.S.- and Singapore-Trained Interventional Radiologist
Interventional Radiology, also known as vascular and interventional radiology or surgical radiology, is an independent medical specialty that employs minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.
Interventional Radiology treatments do not involve “open surgery”, which has many benefits, such as:
- Small incisions, few incisions, or no incisions
- Less pain
- Low risk of infections
- Short hospital stay
- Quick recovery time
- Less scarring
- Reduced blood loss
- Reduced apprehension
Interventional radiology treatments can be the first-line care option for a wide variety of conditions, notably:
- Blocked Fallopian tubes, which can be reopened to increase the patient’s chances of getting pregnant
- Closed vessels, which can be reopened to restore blood flow and save limbs
- Malignant tumors, especially for lungs and liver cancer (very prevalent in Ghana due to high Hepatitis B rates), which can be embolized
- Fibroids, which can be embolized
- Non- healing ulcers on diabetic patient’s legs
To address these conditions, the interventional radiologist can employ a number of different techniques, including:
- Radiofrequency ablation
Dr Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie, is Euracare’s Interventional Radiologist and Head of Radiology. Ghana’s first Endovascular and Interventional Radiologist, he was trained in the U.S. and Singapore and is highly experienced in all the relevant interventional techniques.
To perform them, he relies on Euracare’s cutting-edge medical imaging radiology department, which is equipped with the following Siemens modalities:
- 1.5 Tesla MRI
- 64-Slice CT
- Digital X-ray
- Digital Mammography
- Ultrasound Systems
In conjunction with Euracare’s team of Ghanaian and internationally-trained radiology technicians, he ensures that patients are kept safe at all times during the procedures. The team follows stringent international protocols ensuring that no patients receives unnecessary radiation exposure.
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