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C. Jaishankar
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Machine ensures minimum time loss

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy inaugurating the new system at Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital on Friday— Photo: T. Singaravelou
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy inaugurating the new system at Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital on Friday— Photo: T. Singaravelou

Imagine a situation where patients are not asked to wait for the diagnostic investigation report, but can just go back to the consulting doctor/surgeon after the X-ray or other tests are through. Indeed this has become reality with the installation of Computer Radiology (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) at the Indira Gandhi General Hospital, Puducherry.

The machine captures the images and stores all kind of radiology images, such as Ultrasound scan, CT and MRI, including X-ray images of patients in the large server. These can then be viewed in the computer network of the hospital. The consulting doctor can get the complete medical file of a patient within seconds and does not have to wait till the conventional file is made ready. Additionally, the clarity of images makes it easier for the doctors to study the problem, if any, quickly.

The machine, imported from Germany, ensures that doctors start treatment with minimum loss of time. The waiting time for the patient is also minimised.

K.V. Raman, Director, Health & Family Welfare Services and K. Nandakumar, Medical Superintendent, Indira Gandhi General Hospital, Puducherry said the digital system was considered as a boon to the patients and medical fraternityand that establishing the machine in a government hospital would be highly beneficial to poor patients. The capacity of the image storage server in the hospital was 17 terra byte, large enough to hold patient data for several years.

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy inaugurated the facility at the hospital on Friday.

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