KOZHIKODE: After years of waiting, the Government Medical College Hospital here is getting its third CT Scan machine, which boast of the latest and advanced technology. The 64 slice high technology and sophisticated scanner has come to the hospital as a relief because the earlier two machines were unavailable for different reasons. In 2000, the first CT scan machine was installed at the hospital and later in 2013, the second one was installed. Of these two, the first one was repaired but is still kept unused, whereas the second machine, because of the overload, has been gone in for repair several times including right now.
It was because of the critical situation created by the lack of a proper scanning machine, the Hospital Development Committee applied for a new CT scanner two years ago, at a cost of Rs 4 Crore sanctioned by the State Government, and is now all set to be installed. Briefing about the new machine, the college principal Dr VR Rajendran said, “The 64 slice scanners are Whole Body CT Scanners with fast scanning speed, low dose, and excellent image quality providing the complete range of CT applications.
The 4D Dynamic capability allows for coverage of large organs without additional contrast. At the same time, the images obtained through this procedure are sharp and crystal clear, enabling cardiologists to spot even the smallest of blockages at a very early stage. It is also used to determine the conditions of stents and bypass surgery grafts of patients who have had angioplasties or CABG.” The members of the hospital development committee said that though the CT scanner was sanctioned two years ago, the State Government had failed to pay, prompting them to approach the High Court. On an average 200 patients are being scanned at the facility.