NIMS Medicity managing director Faizal Khan said here on Thursday that the hospital had become the first medical institution in south India to own Fibro Scan, a sophisticated machine used to diagnose chronic liver diseases like cirrhosis.
At a press conference, Mr. Khan said that the Rs.75-lakh equipment would help in early diagnosis of diseases that resulted in fibrosis. D. Jayakumar, hepatologist at the hospital, said the equipment used ultrasound technology to measure stiffness of liver and quantity of fibrosis that developed in the organ during the early stages of cirrhosis, said
“Although the basic ultrasonogram machine can accurately scan a normal and a diseased liver, the transformation stage during the early period of cirrhosis cannot be accurately detected using this. For this, patients have to go for biopsy, which is a complicated procedure. However, with the Fibro Scan liver disease diagnosis can be done within three to five minutes through an external probe,” Dr. Jayakumar said.
He said that the machine could make accurate readings of the stages of fibrosis.
The value for normal reading is 3.5 to 7 while readings above this stage can indicate early stages of cirrhosis.
Dr. Jayakumar said that cases of liver cirrhosis were on the rise in Kerala mainly due to increasing alcoholism and unhealthy diet habits.
“It is seen that in one third of patients this disease leads to liver cancer,” he said.
The hospital has also acquired sophisticated machines for diagnosing other gastro diseases.