Since its inception in the 1970s, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become one of the largest and most crucial segments of the imaging equipment market. Originally developed for imaging of the central nervous system, the scope of MRI applications has now expanded to include imaging of the entire human body. The growing clinical applications of MRI have been a result of continuous advancements in technology and increasing Tesla strengths. The enormous market growth in this segment has also been a result of the increased clinical applications. Other key factors fuelling growth include emergence of new cutting-edge technologies such as functional MRI (fMRI), MR Elastography and MR guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS). The cover story of this issue targets the key purchasers of MRI equipment in India, across various hospitals and healthcare units and provides them with information about the overall MRI market and the latest and most upcoming technologies in this segment.
To take the expert’s opinion, we also spoke to Dr Harsh Mahajan, Medical and Managing Director, Mahajan Imaging and the Honorary Radiologist to the President of India on various aspects of radiology, especially MRI. Being among the first ones to get MRI technology in India, Dr Mahajan’s inputs provided real value to the overall feature.
The convergence of ICT based technologies and their implementation in healthcare have a huge potential to completely reshape the way the industry works. With an aim to go paperless, hospitals these days are increasingly adopting ICT solutions for implementing electronic medical records (EMRs) that help in maintaining both clinical and financial records of all patients. Having realised the benefits of EMRs, the decision to implement it can be quite complex because of the sheer number of products in the market place with a plethora of vendors. To help hospitals make informed purchase decisions, the tech trends section of this issue provides a complete EMR guide.
Online healthcare is another key feature in this issue. This form of healthcare delivery is not a replacement to the conventional method but will compliment it in a big way. India’s advantage in this space is advancements in technology, growing phone and online user base, affordable resources, and global image and demand. Being in its infancy stages in India, online healthcare seems to have a promising future option to cater to the primary healthcare needs of urban and rural India.