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U.S.-based Society of Interventional Radiology to train Indian radiologists

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There will be knowledge transfer on advanced medical techniques

RECOGNITION:Deep Narayan Srivastava (right), president, ISVIR and Scott C.Godwin (third right), president-elect, Society of Interventional Radiology, presenting an award to Nalla G.Palaniswami, Chairman, KMCH in Coimbatore on Thursday.-Photo: K.Ananthan
RECOGNITION:Deep Narayan Srivastava (right), president, ISVIR and Scott C.Godwin (third right), president-elect, Society of Interventional Radiology, presenting an award to Nalla G.Palaniswami, Chairman, KMCH in Coimbatore on Thursday.-Photo: K.Ananthan

The U.S.-based Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has come forward to train Indian interventional radiologists in advanced medical techniques and facilitate knowledge transfer between the two countries.

Towards this, the SIR has joined hands with Indian Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (ISVIR) for the annual conference ISVIR 2013 being hosted here by the Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) from Thursday to Sunday.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Brian Stainken, past president of SIR and Chairman of its International Task Force, informed that his organisation would collaborate with ISVIR on education, certification and accreditation. The experts from SIR would provide support through lectures from American faculties and offer fellowships besides training to Indian experts.

In many cases of major surgery, the patient spent a lot of time recovering from the incision during the surgery rather than the original ailment.

The use of interventional radiology to tackle the health problem without invasive procedures would ensure that the patient did not have any secondary complications in the future.

KMCH Chief of Interventional Radiology Department Mathew Cherian, who is also the chairman of the conference, said that the lack of awareness about insurance had become a major area of concern rather than cost of treatment.

The Tamil Nadu Government’s health insurance scheme had radically changed the health scenario in the State. It offered coverage for a majority of the health issues.

The KMCH treated a large number of patients under this scheme and performed interventional radiology for at least five to six patients every week under this scheme.

KMCH Chairman and Managing Director Nalla G. Palaniswami estimated that only 30 per cent of all patients had insurance coverage. The tie-up with SIR would be a boost to Indian radiologists.

A total of 400 delegates from across India and foreign countries such as Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia were taking part in the conference, he added.

D.N. Srivastav, president of ISVIR, said that there was a need to increase the insurance coverage to cover the costs of this treatment.

S. Rammurti, general secretary of ISVIR, said that there was a significant demand for interventional radiologists in India with the availability to demand ratio being 1:20.

Only now had the Medical Council of India (MCI) had recognised this sector as a sub-speciality and come out with a certificate course and post-doctoral course.

During the conference, the ISVIR and SIR jointly honoured Dr. Palaniswami with an award for his contribution towards developing interventional radiology as a speciality in India.

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