RWANDA- Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a medical field, which performs minimally invasive procedures and treatments under image guidance, including ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and computed tomography (CT). IR can diagnose and treat a broad range of diseases, including cancer, infection, vascular disease, uterine fibroids, and trauma.

Interventional Radiologists are super-specialists that have completed four years of training in Diagnostic Radiology, followed by two years of fellowship training in IR.  Interventional Radiologists work as part of a team of highly trained healthcare professionals, which include Nurses and Technologists.

We are in the process of working to implement an Interventional Radiology training program here in Rwanda. This program will be through a partnership with Road2IR, the affiliated hospital and University.

Road2IR

Road2IR was borne from Tanzania’s urgent need for minimally invasive procedures offered by interventional radiology. Tanzania’s first cohort of IR fellows is trained by visiting international IR staff and is set to complete training in 2021. What began as a training partnership between Yale University, Emory University and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania have now grown to include faculty and staff worldwide. Road2IR is in the process of expanding its IR training model to Rwanda to train a new cohort of Interventional Radiologists and thereby provide access to countless life-saving minimally invasive IR procedures and treatments. 

IR Procedures and Treatments 

  • Abscess drain placement
  • Biliary drain placement and biliary stenting
  • Central venous access catheters including tunneled hemodialysis catheters
  • Interventional oncology
    • Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE)
    • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Core needle biopsy of lung, liver, kidney and other organs
  • Nephrostomy tube placement
  • Splenic artery embolization
  • Uterine fibroid embolization

 

Useful links

Society of Interventional Radiology: https://www.sirweb.org/ 

SAPHIRE….

Facebook: https://facebook.com/road2IR

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/road2ir

Twitter: https://twitter.com/road2ir

Youtube: https://youtu.be/JLT0wPzXTa0

East Africa Health Summit presentation: https://youtu.be/PwD2j8AHUYoEmory video: https://youtu.be/wjEtuXRnld4JVIR article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1051044319306876

 

Interventional Radiology Fellow from Rwanda

Dr. Ivan Rukundo is an interventional Radiology fellow at Muhimbili University of Allied and Health Sciences in Tanzania. He is Rwandan by nationality and is employed at Rwanda Military Hospital in the Department of Radiology as a Junior Consultant Radiologist. Dr. Rukundo completed his medical training at the National University of Rwanda in 2013 and served as a medical doctor for three years before joining the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, completing his residency training in Diagnostic Radiology in 2019. 

Dr. Rukundo is a registered member of the Rwanda Medical and Dental Council, a trainee member of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and a member of the Society of African Interventional Radiology and Endovascular Therapy (SAFIRE). 

He served as chief resident in 2018/2019 and is one of the pioneers of the Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative. He has been involved in the planning, organization and implementation of Road2IR, an Interventional Radiology Initiative to establish an IR training program at Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania, in collaboration with Yale and Emory. 

Dr. Rukundo is also actively involved in different research projects under the Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative and the conception and establishment of Interventional Radiology services in Rwanda.

He is passionate about improving medical education and global radiology and has a particular interest in interventional oncology, research and enhancing access to interventional radiology services in low-income countries. He is currently working with other members of the Road2IR organization to bring Interventional Radiology training to Rwanda. 

Medical Student Electives

We encourage interested medical students to apply for an elective in interventional radiology so that they can witness the variety of procedures performed and gain insight into the essential clinical role of IR.  In advance of the program start, there are currently educational and research opportunities.

We are working with MEDSAR (Medical Students Association of Rwanda)  President Mr Serge NDAGIJIMANA, Under Standing Committee on Medical Education and we will provide further details once available. 

Contact: For further information, please contact Dr. Ivan Rukundo: ivanruk7@gmail.com