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Updated: August 17, 2009 15:09 IST

New-age gadgets can help improve neurology care, says expert

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Mobile phones, digital cameras, computers, CDs and DVDs could become useful tools for medicos with more advances. Photo: S Subramanium
The Hindu Mobile phones, digital cameras, computers, CDs and DVDs could become useful tools for medicos with more advances. Photo: S Subramanium

A noted Jaipur-based neurologist has underlined the significance of information technology and electronic gadgets for improving neurology care in the country through their “judicious application” to day-to-day clinical practice and patient management. This promises to make an important addition to the electronically wiser society.

Dr. Ashok Panagariya, Principal and Head of the Department of Neurology at Sawai Man Singh Medical College, told The Hindu in a freewheeling interview here that electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, computers, CDs and DVDs had far-fetched implications and could become useful tools for medicos with more advances.

Dr. Panagariya advocated the use of mobile phones with cameras for video recording of the episodes of seizures of patients by their family members as a useful aid in the diagnosis of sudden attacks affecting the brain and their differentiation from non-epileptic attack disorders.

Since a patient’s history cannot always identify with confidence if the episodes were true or hysterical, the rampantly used mobile phones with cameras can provide important diagnostic information to clinicians in such scenarios. “Doctors themselves can ask the family to record the event in cases of dilemma, when it is difficult to ascertain whether the seizures are complex partial, absence seizures, psychogenic or syncopal episodes,” said Dr. Panagariya. Digital cameras and camcorders with high-quality audio-visual recording capacity could further help physicians observe the finer details, he added.

B.C. Roy Award winner

Recipient of the prestigious B.C. Roy Award in 2004, Dr. Panagariya is the president-elect of the Indian Academy of Neurology. With a large number of scientific publications to his credit, his work on neuro-myotonia and nerve cells has been widely acclaimed by world-class authorities.

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