`Technology should benefit common man'

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`New technologies have helped doctors to arrive at accurate diagnosis and provide better orientation in planning surgeries and other forms of treatment.'

Kochi, April 28

Speakers at a seminar on `Emerging Trends in Medical Imaging' have called upon radiologists and doctors to utilise the newly introduced technologies for the benefit of the common man.

Wider availability, affordability and maintaining quality standards in imaging and interpreting are the important factors that need to be addressed for better patient care, Dr Rijo Mathew, Director, Amma Scans, said at the seminar organised by the Government Model Engineering College, Kochi.

Discussing the different clinical applications of the new imaging modalities, he pointed out that the new technologies have helped doctors to arrive at accurate diagnosis and provide better orientation in planning surgeries and other forms of treatment. However, there is a need to bridge the gap between the imaging industry and common man for better designs in order to provide good quality healthcare to patients, he said.

Citing various benefits of some of the newly introduced imaging technologies, Dr Mathew said that application of 4D ultrasound had gone beyond seeing baby faces. The new concept of volume ultrasound helps to do multi-slice ultrasound where different tomographic slices of the organ can be demonstrated as in a CT scan.

If planar imaging was the mainstay for diagnosis in the last century, volume imaging with realistic 3-dimensional images is going to play a significant role in this century, he added.

Mr G. Mohankumar, Regional Manager, Wipro GE Medical Systems discussed the physics, instrumentation and design of 3D and 4D ultrasound. Research papers were also presented on advances in imaging such as 4D ultrasound, multi-slice cardiac CT scan, MRI, digital X-rays and molecular imaging.

Ms Minimol, Faculty of Biomedical engineering co-ordinated the interactive session with experts. Mr Jyothi Lal, Principal of the college spoke.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 29, 2006)
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