Tamil Nadu networks all CT, MRI machines in public hospitals for better healthcare delivery

Tamil Nadu will become the first State in the country to virtually connect all 58 CT and 18 MRI machines located in different government hospitals in the State. The fully networked teleradiology system will be officially launched in a few weeks. Connecting all CT and MRI machines to a central server will address shortage or absence … Continue reading Tamil Nadu networks all CT, MRI machines in public hospitals for better healthcare delivery

Weighing the risks and benefits of CT scans in childhood

John Mathews, University of Melbourne As a parent, should you be worried if your child needs to have a CT scan? CT (computed tomography) scans are special medical X-rays that make three-dimensional pictures. These are very useful in the diagnosis and management of health conditions and injuries. Their potential downside is, the kind of radiation … Continue reading Weighing the risks and benefits of CT scans in childhood

Cardiac CT: reducing radiation dosage possible

Published in The Hindu on June 11, 2009 One of the best non-invasive diagnostic tools used for studying people with coronary heart disease symptoms is the multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scan. The CT angiography was first introduced in 2000, and has become popular in India in the last few years. While it has certain limitations … Continue reading Cardiac CT: reducing radiation dosage possible

Imaging cancer with PET-CT

Published in The Hindu on February 14, 2008 Come May, Chennai will have a PET-CT (Positron emission tomography-computed tomography) tool combined with a cyclotron facility for molecular imaging. To begin with, the centre will concentrate on imaging and diagnosing cancer. PET scans “detect the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body while … Continue reading Imaging cancer with PET-CT