Hyderabad: Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) will now be able to offer high-end diagnostic imaging technology, which is applicable to a host of medical conditions.
On Saturday, Health Minister C Laxma Reddy inaugurated the Rs 6.50-crore Multi Detector Computer Tomography (MDCT), a faster and higher-end version of CT scan technology, and also unveiled expansion plans for the tertiary hospital.
As part of the plans, separate buildings to handle outpatient services and the two state-of-the-art structures to house hi-tech liver and kidney transplant centres will come up in the next few months at NIMS.
Aimed at reducing the burden of heavy patient inflow at Niloufer Hospital, authorities have also decided to start tertiary obstetrics and gynaecology facilities at NIMS. “Required infrastructure to set up this facility for mother and child care will come up at the earliest on NIMS campus,” Laxma Reddy said, after inaugurating the MDCT scanning machine.
The Health Minister pointed out that in the last few years, the State government had invested a lot to improve infrastructure at NIMS. “We have spent Rs 75 crore towards upgradation, and this (MDCT) is first such diagnostic machine to be acquired by a State-run hospital in the Telugu-speaking States,” he said.
The process of recruiting 3,000 nurses at various State-run health institutions and internal promotions were getting delayed due to court cases, he said while urging healthcare workers not to take to strikes and boycotts as it hampers medical services.
“We are committed to completing the recruitment process as early as possible. I urge organisations representing healthcare workers not to stall healthcare services by opting for strikes. The State government has always been transparent and has kept the door open for holding talks on any issue,” Reddy said,
He clarified that patient care would not get impacted if the MNJ Cancer Hospital was given autonomous status. The cancer research centre was on the expansion mode and recently, the government had given its nod for 250 posts, he said.
“Certain sections of staff at MNJ Hospital are unnecessarily spreading misinformation. Our aim is to improve patient care services at MNJ and giving autonomous status will only improve quality of healthcare services,” the Health Minister said.
How MDCT scan notch above CT scan
Compared to the conventional CT scan, the MDCT (Multi Detector Computer Tomography) has the ability to develop high resolution CT applications such as CT angiography and even CT colonoscopy. It is considered faster than CT scans and can scan anywhere between 100 and 200 patients in a day.
According to doctors at the radiology department of NIMS, it is a painless diagnostic procedure that combines both the computers and X-rays and has the ability to take multiple images, enabling doctors a better view.
Patients are exposed to less radiation. All they have to do is lie down on the platform while the rest of the work of taking high-resolution images will be taken care of by the computer. The tabletop, on which the patients lie, moves through the gantry that has X-ray tube and multiple sets of detectors.
MDCT will go a long way: NIMS doctor
Head of NIMS Radiology Dr S Rammurthy said the 128 spice MDCT scan would go a long way in providing quicker and better services to patients as well as doctors. The MDCT, which is highly advanced version of CT technology, will reduce waiting time.
“It acquires 128 images in one exposure and has the ability to reconstruct 700 images. The resolution and speed is very high due to which it is able to give better images of anatomical details,” he said.
Given its speed, within a short time, it can scan the entire length of the body. “This is advantageous for trauma victims who need quick images of multiple organs in chest, abdomen and brain. It can scan in a matter of few seconds,” Dr Rammurthy said.
MDCT can self-adjust radiation dosages depending on the thickness of the tissue or organs. “Thus, patients are usually less exposed to radiation than conventional CT scans,” he said.