Jamshedpur, July 26: Two long years and much inconvenience to patients later, the state-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital restarted its CT (computerised tomography) scan services today.
The hospital also hired private medical practitioner Neeraj Prasad, who will be available on call, to operate the equipment.
"The CT scan facility is available now. The equipment could not be used for the last two years as we had no radiologist to operate it. Now, patients will not need to pay extra for CT scans at private clinics and can get it done here at a nominal cost," newly appointed superintendent of hospital Shiv Shankar Prasad said.
CT scan facility was introduced in the hospital in December 2006. In 2008, radiologist S.C. Arun, who used to operate the equipment, was deputed to the sadar hospital in Chaibasa. Since then, the machine had been lying idle.
Hospital authorities said the minimum cost of a brain CT scan would be Rs 800, while an abdominal scan would cost Rs 3,000 as compared to Rs 6,000 in private clinics. Private clinics charge Rs 1,500 for a brain CT scan.
"We hope a good number of patients will avail the facility. Today there were no patients as people were not aware that the facility was available again," a senior staff member of the hospital said, adding that the facility would be for both in-house and outdoor patients.
The state hospital will also offer ultrasonography facilities by the end of this week at a nominal charge. source:telegraphindia.com