If you want to have an idea on the state of mismatch in the healthcare in India than have a look at these numbers.
There are only 596 registered specialists of interventional radiology in India, a country with 130 crore people. This meant that only one interventional radiology expert was available per every 2.18 lakh population, said professor Shiv Kumar of the department of radio-diagnosis, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS).
Speaking at the three-day 20th annual conference of Indian Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology which began in the institute on Monday, he said the SGPGI has got five specialists in interventional radiology department doing research and treating patients for complex diseases. That is the reason Lucknow has emerged as a bigger centre for diagnosis of complex diseases through radiological techniques.
Interventional radiology (IR), sometimes known as vascular and interventional radiology (VIR), is a medical specialty which provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of disease.
“The most important role of an interventional radiologist is in diagnostic image interpretation and the manipulation of needles and the use of fine catheter tubes and wires to navigate around the body under imaging control,” he said.
Dr Shiv Kumar said, “The range of conditions which can be treated by IR is enormous and continuously expanding. It is important to recognize the advantages of these minimally invasive techniques like reduced risks, shorter hospital stays, lower costs, greater comfort and quicker convalescence and return to work. The effectiveness of treatment is often better than with traditional treatments. Hence the theme of the conference this year is ‘Conquer Interventional Radiology’.
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