Hyderabad: High-end imaging services will now be available at affordable prices for the economically backward cancer patients at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).
On Friday, Health Minister Etela Rajender inaugurated medical imaging equipment worth Rs 22 crore at the institute. The high-end equipment —PET-CT scan, Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT-CT scan) and a Dual Head SPECT Gamma Camera — will improve imaging techniques and help doctors detect cancers at an early stage.
The PET and the SPECT-CT scan will strengthen the Department of Radiology and Imaging, which last year had added Rs 6.5-crore worth Multi-Detector Computer Tomography (MDCT), a faster and higher-end version of CT scan technology. “We want to take up construction of the new NIMS outpatient block at the earliest and add more beds in the ICU and emergency wing,” Rajender said.
The State government has plans to have two state-of-the-art towers to house exclusive liver and kidney transplant centres at NIMS. “We have to realise and accept the fact that patients reach NIMS after exhausting themselves financially. It is an added responsibility to ensure advanced diagnostic services are available at affordable prices,” he said.
In the last two years, the State government had undertaken several developmental works at NIMS by spending about Rs 75 crore. “People end up spending lakhs from their pockets for cancer treatment. Such advanced medical devices will enable early diagnosis and better treatment,” Etela said.
During his visit, Etela also interacted with NIMS personnel, including security and paramedical staff, and assured them that the State government would ensure they receive their salaries in the first week of every month. Director, NIMS, K Manohar, Head of Radiology and Imaging, Dr S Ramamurthy, and other senior doctors were present.