The Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging at KEM Hospital provides prompt diagnosis in routine as well as critical cases that require instant intervention, thereby reducing patient morbidity.
What started off as a department with a single portable X-ray unit of limited capacity almost a century ago, has now matured into a high-tech, well equipped facility that is the pride of the institution. Today, the department is a tertiary referral centre where complex diagnostic problems are addressed efficiently and professionally.
The department is recognised as a postgraduate training center by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and the National Board of Examinations in India. Our post-graduate students are exposed to a wide array of academically and clinically relevant cases. Several post-graduates have successfully completed their doctoral thesis on topics related to recent advances in ultrasonology and interdisciplinary medicine.
The department is actively involved in medical research projects. We have worked in association with the Chest research foundation, Pune and Imperial College of London Research, have worked on HRCT in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Phenotyping and spectrum of pulmonary changes due to different types of smoke such as cigarette and biomass fuel smoke, in both study and control groups and their correlation with pulmonary function tests, respectively.
The Department of Ultrasonography was set up over 30 years ago, an important step in providing non-invasive diagnostic tools complementing conventional radiology, computed tomography, MRI, mammography and angiography. Today, we offer several excellent high- resolution sonography units operated by sonologists with extensive experience in the study of neonatal, pediatric, intra-operative and postoperative cases.
Routine arteriographies and venographies for renal, GI, neurological, chest, musculo-skeletal and other systemic disorders are conducted in the state-of-the-art Cath-Lab. The department offers lifesaving vascular interventional procedures for the treatment of acute hematuria, hemptysis, intractable GI and intracranial bleeding, critical gynaecological, tumoral bleeds, catastrophic hemorrhages in hemophiliacs, and more.
Equipment and Technology:
The Departmental X-ray machines with image intensifiers are complemented by a battery of multiple mobile/portable X-ray units which are housed in each of the ICU’s (ICU, CCU, NICU, PICU) at each floor of the Nursing Home, The General wards and the O.T.
Conventional X-ray machines have been supplemented with the digital CR (Computed Radiograph) machines, which not only improve the quality of the radiographs, but also make their images available to the treating doctors right on the desktop of the ward/ICU in which the patients are admitted. This is done within minutes of the X-ray acquisition through self customised digital PACS (Picture Archival and Storage System) which archives all the images of the radiographs, CT and MR scans performed every day.
Additional portable ultrasound machines are also housed in the ICU’s/CCU, NICU and PICU.
The department has a Philips 16 slice CT scan machine with laser camera. CT scans of the brain, orbit, abdomen, paranasal sinuses, spine, musculoskeletal system among others are carried out on a regular basis. High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) of thorax and temporal bones are also performed.
The department has also installed an MRI machine that provides excellent soft tissue resolution, faster speed of imaging with a laser camera and automatic processor providing superior image quality. MRI investigations of the brain, cervical, dorsal and lumbosacral spine, knee, shoulder, hips and more are carried out.
A Philips Allura Cath lab fluoroscopy unit with excellent image quality and good resolution enables digital subtraction angiography of all vessels and all diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
Special Clinics and Camps
A special clinic at Shirdi Saibaba Rural Hospital, VADU runs every Monday.