Dr S S Doda shares his views on the latest trends in radiology. He provides information on state-of-the-art equipment currently available at his diagnostic set-up
Dr S S Doda
Director, Dr Dodas Diagnostics and Healthcare, Pusa Road, New Delhi
Please brief us about Dr. Dodas Diagnostics and Healthcare.
Our centre made a humble beginning 25 years back.Considerable expansion has taken place over the last few yearswith manifold increase in the number of patients, and now it is one of the largest spread over 10,000 square feet of space in the heart of the city. The set up initially concentrated on ultrasound and CT, whereas now many more advanced imaging equipments have been incorporated along with addition of a state-of-the-art laboratory making it a one stop diagnostic facility for the patients. A faculty of 12 doctors and 50-60 technical staff assure quality services to the patients.
Tell us about the medical systems that you have at your facility.
Presently, the diagnostic centre has some of the most advanced ultrasound colour Doppler systems, digital X-rays for routine and special investigations, multi slice CT, digital orthopantomogram(OPG) and mammography, TMT / HOLTER, ECG / EEG, EMG / NCV, along with a state-of-the-art laboratory. The laboratory is equippedwith fully automated hematology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and serology testing tools.
Apart from radiology and imaging which involves a myriad of investigations, we have a list of other tests conducted at our centre that include cardiology, neurophysiology, pulmonology and laboratory work-ups. Guided interventional procedures are also carried out with quick pathological correlation available under the same roof.
How have you seen the advancement in the field ofradiology over last few decades?
Over the years, the spectrum of diagnostic facilities has widened and constant upgradation of highly sophisticated equipments has been carried out. There is a tremendous growth especially in the private sector with the advent of so many standalone set-ups in hospitals. Patient awareness has also raised resultant to technology and equipment information made available through education and internet. In such a competitive atmosphere, it is advantageous for the masses as this competition has led to better quality of investigations at affordable prices.
Do you think the industry needs well trained technicians to adapt to new systems and technology?
Adequate manpower is available in the country. There always exists the potential for young and fresh technicians to get absorbed and trained in the field.The young generation has a lot of enthusiasm and fervor to learn new trends with the changing times.
What are your views on interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology is a remarkable field and has gained popularity all over the globe. Interventional radiology has diagnostic as well as therapeutic benefits attached to it. It cuts down the misery and cost and thus acts as a good alternative to surgery.