An Indian Hospital on the Fast Track

January 28, 2014
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PSG Hospitals is a medical college and hospital in Coimbatore, India.  When Dr. Kamal K. Sen started working at PSG in 2009, he decided to make a few changes.  His first step was to switch from analog to digital radiography (DR). 

The Merits of DR

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PSG Hospitals is a medical college and hospital in Coimbatore, India.  When Dr. Kamal K. Sen started working at PSG in 2009, he decided to make a few changes.  His first step was to switch from analog to digital radiography (DR). 

The Merits of DR

Since the new installation of Ysio® in 2010, repeated X-rays are no longer needed. Now, the image quality is excellent, and the process is more comfortable for patients. In polytrauma cases, the patient does not have to be shifted or rolled. In addition, patients and radiographers benefit from the lower radiation of 30 to 40 percent.

As the hospital was satisfied with the new system, another digital radiography system – a Multix Fusion – was purchased in 2013. The workflow has since become much smoother. Clinical images are digital and can conveniently be sent via email. Patients are now able to get a second opinion of a doctor even from outside India, for example in the United States.

Digital radiology has clearly raised the prestige of the hospital. Today, academics and medical professionals from outside Coimbatore visit PSG.

A Multi-Tasking Department

At PSG, the radiographers can operate all the imaging machines, be it X-ray, CT, or MR. Thanks to the hassle-free and time-saving power flow in DR, fewer technicians are needed. Ultimately, this leads to better use of manpower.

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Furthermore, PSG Hospitals have retained the analog X–ray machines as well as the CR machines for training its allied health scientists and undergraduate radiology students. But there is more to it. The radiology department of PSG Hospitals has a staff of 16. Dr. Kamal Sen runs it with just five or six. The remaining ten, eleven focus on training with CT scan and MRI. As a result, all employees are able to work on all machines.

New Plans on the Drawing Board

Since Coimbatore has experienced a growing population in the last ten to 15 years, PSG has decided to expand. Adding 600 to 700 beds, PSG should be a 1,500-bed hospital by 2015.

Moreover, an oncology department is planned within the next year. The new wing would have its own radiology set-up. Once oncology starts, PSG is also likely to go in for PET-CT equipment, and perhaps also nuclear medicine – a medical specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. 

Another plan is to add a liver transplantation department, which should happen in the last quarter of 2013. This would make PSG the first hospital in the region to offer liver transplants. Now, the only thing Coimbatore needs is better transport connections.

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