COIMBATORE: A new computed tomography (CT) scan equipment costing Rs. 2 crore was commissioned at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Thursday. Dean (in-charge) of the hospital V. Kumaran said it replaced the old equipment that had been given to the Government Hospital at Palani after doing three lakh scanning at the CMCH.
“This is not a multi-slice scanner. It is only a basic one for trauma cases, but it is slightly faster than the old one,” the Dean said.
There were plans to renovate the scan room and the waiting hall at Rs. 6 lakh. Two air-conditioners had already been installed.
The objective was to make the scan wing at the CMCH as good as any private centre.
The Dean said that the hospital had gone without a CT scanner for about 10 days after the old one was shifted.
“We tied up with a private scan centre with the permission of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.
We put up boards in the casualty and the scan department of our hospital, mentioning that scanning could be done at the private centre at Rs. 1,000.
We had to inform the public of this option, in order to avoid charges of misleading them.”
The CMCH had also appealed to the TNMSC for reducing the fee for the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The TNMSC had fixed Rs. 2,500, Rs. 3,500 and Rs. 5,000 for different types of cases.
“We have appealed for reducing the charge to Rs.1,500 so that more cases will come to our centre. At present, we are doing three to four cases a day and have done 180 cases since the commissioning of the equipment in March this year,” the Dean said.
The medical services corporation had said that it would study the flow of cases over a period of six months and decide on reducing the charge.
The Dean said that the government hospital in Tirunelveli had a steady flow of cases for MRI scan despite the high fee.
He pointed out that the Coimbatore situation was different as there were four to five private MRI scan centres in the city whose charges were the same as the ones at the CMCH.
The CT scan, however, drew good crowd, he said. There were at least 30 cases a day.
“We charge only Rs. 500 for a plain scan and Rs. 650 for a contrast scan.”