PATIALA: The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near here, has given a major boost to its diagnostic capabilities with the inauguration of a new state-of-the art MRI facility that will equip doctors especially neurologists and orthopedics with the best of tools to detect life threatening injuries and other ailments.
With the installation of the latest high-end 1.5T MRI (Siemens Essenza- TIM+DOT) system and 128 slice multi detector computed tomography machine, Gian Sagar Medical College has become the first medical college of north India to have this kind of sophisticated equipment in its radiology department, said Dr AS Sekhon, Dean of the Gian Sagar Group of Institutions.
Dr Sekhon said the new facility has proved to be a boon for the people of the area who had to go to Chandigarh and other places for these investigations which they can now have done locally at a much reasonable cost. This has also opened various research avenues in the medical college not only for medical students but also for the faculty members. Vascular surgical procedures have already started in the hospital as CT coronary and peripheral angiographies are now routinely done. The hospital is already equipped with high end 3D/4D Doppler ultrasound machines for the last two years.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a radiology technique to visualize internal structures of the body in minute detail and MRI scans can be used as an accurate method of disease detection throughout the body. An MRI scan is helpful in cases of a head injury or trauma. If an accident victim is rushed to the hospital emergency with a head injury, it becomes important to detect the extent of injury to decide the course of medical action.
Dr AS Sekhon, Dean of the Gian Sagar Group of Institutions, said the neurosurgeons not only use an MRI scan to define brain anatomy but also in evaluating the integrity of the spinal cord after a trauma. Often, surgery can be deferred or more accurately directed after knowing the results of an MRI scan.
Dr Sukhwinder Singh, Vice-Chairman of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, said with the launch of the MRI facility, the hospital has got a major boost in its diagnostic capabilities. The doctors would now be fully equipped to detect traumatic injuries, tumors or stroke related bleeding that cannot be completely found with other imaging techniques.
He said the Gian Sagar Hospital was striving to provide the best of treatment and care and the launch of new facility was an effort towards achieving this objective.