The Government Doon Medical College Hospital (GDMCH) has started offering teleradiology facility to patients visiting the hospital from Tuesday.

Teleradiology is the transmission of radiological patient images, such as x-rays, CTs, and MRIs, from one location to another for the purposes of sharing studies with other radiologists and physicians. The technology offers improved patient care by allowing radiologists to provide services without actually having to be at the location of the patient.

At present the radiology department in the hospital has only two specialists who take care of the daily operations. Independently they are not only responsible for ultrasound but they regularly consult the MRI, CT scan and X-ray reports as well.

On an average at least 20 MRIs, 30-35 CT-scans, 100 ultrasounds and 350 X-rays are conducted every day in GDMCH which is frequented by patients from over the Garhwal region.

Prior to this, the teleradiology facility was available only in the Haldwani Medical College located in the Kumaon region.

Only 33 radiologists are working in the state as against the sanctioned posts of 135.

Following GDMCH, the facility will be gradually rolled out in 35 more hospitals especially in the hills where patients either spend their own money visiting private labs or come down to visit Dehradun or Haldwani Medical College for such tests which are expensive.

Giving out details, Dr KK Tamta, medical superintendent of the hospital said, “This facility will help the poor patients especially because not just the unavailability in the hills but the wait to get expert opinions on the report used to consume their lot of energy and time.” – TOI 


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