Dr Kishore Taori, Chairman, Maharashtra Medical Council and Professor and Head Department of Radiodiagnosis Government Medical College, Nagpur
Ever since the modern X-ray came into being 15-20 years ago, the industry has evolved a lot. The comprised conventional radiography for accidental emergency has become very handy, and now we have the systems for digital radiography. Basically X-Ray science is utilised only to a limited sort of methodology, but in terms of resolution, reproducibility and the quality the conventional radiology have grown up much. The dissemination of images actually, is possible now from one centre to other centres anywhere in the world.. MRI has also grown a lot with the introduction of 2T, 3T and so on. Today, 3T is prent in all the teaching institutes.
With the advent of software, the diagnosis has become very easy and many times the invasive techniques can be avoided. The finer diagnosis and even characterisation by the spectroscopy have become very important and easy. MRI is today being increasingly used in vascular and histopathological studies. With continuous development in MR Physics and related sequences the diagnosis has become absolutely possible in good standards in many of the situations.
Conventional radiology definitely has relevance. It is a sort of black box for the studies. Added to that there is computerised radiography and digital radiography that has also become a part of conventional radiology. Negative issues about the manual conventional radiology have been taken care of with computerised and digital radiography. The quality is extremely good, resolution is good, reproducibility is there and one can have a three-dimensional sort of reconstruction; and the dissemination of the images is much easier. I strongly believe that conventional radiology has got a tremendous role to play in this era of imaging and finer imaging like MRI.
Now digital radiography has become very handy, portable digital radiography kits which can be used in ICUs and the operation theatres, orthopaedic theatre and casualties. So taking the finer images somewhere, instantly transferring these images to a place is much easier. That was a science which already worked, now the thing is acceptability, and I believe that in times to come this will be in every nook and corner of the country, as it is done in the western countries.
We are continuously involved in the research projects like spectroscopic uation of the various tumours and another area is tectography where chronological cases can be uated and we can suggest our neuro-surgeons for treatments accordingly.