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Misdiagnosis Leads To Complications- Choose Labs Wisely

Many people in our country at some point of time in their life have received an incorrect diagnosis or seen a doctor who has been baffled by their symptoms. Symptoms can go away with the right medication but misdiagnosis can cost lives.

If you have been advised to get some tests done and you are already fretting about re-scheduling your daily routine. The thought of waiting in a long queue upsets you and what if you went to your chosen diagnostic centre and they don't have the test that you have been asked for? You will again wait for the precious weekend to search the right diagnostic centre to get it done.

Looking for the best diagnostics in the desired vicinity has now become easier. Online portal 3hcare.in has emerged as one of the leaders in the field of diagnostics, allow people to check for the best labs with price comparison at affordable costs, eliminating the need to wait in queues.  Being online, anyone and everyone can choose from the thousands of labs across the country on a single click.

Highly reliable

As the treatment given by the doctor completely depends on the lab test results, reliability on the results provided by the diagnostics lab is an important factor. With complete details of the diagnostic labs available including its accreditation, the online portal has created a comfort zone for patients requiring diagnosis. Even the number of people coming forward for preventive health checkups have raised since the inception of 3hcare.in, which can solely be attributed to the reach, awareness generated among common masses, by filling the gap between the patients and testing labs.

Get tested at desired location

In metro cities most of the people are working that restricts their time for health checkups at desired location. With this online technology available for scheduling the tests in your vicinity as per the time availability of your choice, many people are benefited. Price transparency is one of the keys factors that keep you aware of the best prices and offers available at all diagnostic labs. It is accessible 24 hours, with easy booking options and better payment options either to pay at the centers or using card payments online.

Easy access for All

Elderly patients usually find it difficult to make a visit to the diagnostic centre early morning in empty stomach. This eradicates the need to go to the lab for appointments and wait for your turn or report collection, as even the report is mailed to you. Website also provides facilities to keep your complete data stored at one point for easy access and future consultations.

The following aspects are needed to be kept in mind while choosing the best diagnostic centre –

Experience and skills - this is one of the most important aspect to look for in the labs. With experienced medical practitioners and skillful technical team, the results provided by the lab will be accurate. The pathologist should be well versed with the medical expertise and also with the interpersonal skills. Not only the doctors but also the pathologists and the lab technicians should be sharp skilled and experienced. Customer attention is important part of developing relationship with diagnostic clinic.

Precision in report compilation - It is essential that the test reports should be accurate without any error as the wrong treatment can cost serious consequences.

Well operational lab equipment

Timeliness of report - Report should be delivered on time .Delay in delivering report could also result in delayed diagnosis, which could eventually cause severe complications or even death in some cases.

Technology and protocols used - The tests should be done using the latest technologies as this will help them provide high quality and precise diagnostic services. The rates should be reasonable so that every income group can avail the service. There is no space of human error when it comes to diagnostic tests. The diagnostic centre should follow the international protocols in relation to hygiene, sanitation and systematic documentation.

Health needs to be taken care of at its best and with such an objective the aim is to help the public by assisting them to get the best quality healthcare service and facilities. The portal also helps in decision making on call, chat, and mail support on different parameters. There is lack of awareness among the mass about home collections services and quality services by different centers. For the first time in India, we impart knowledge on what, where, when, how to get the test done, customer reviews, End-end booking solution of test within less than a minute. By eliminating the challenges faced by the Indian public, 3hcare.in will provide a holistic approach to healthcare.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Journey To Launch 3hcare.In

3hcare.in, the latest trending digital portal for taking care of your health completely is one of its kinds in providing the best quality labs for diagnostics. The one stop solution helps you to plan the tests at the desired lab and location of your choice at your own convenience. The most important feature is the transparency in the price, discounts, available tests and confidential test report storage. The only thing that you need to do is to enter your availability and location, the rest is planned by the portal. With diagnostics made accessible at your finger tips, the journey in starting the digital portal was not as easy as it may look. It took lot of hurdles for the founder to cross to establish the portal and sustaining the current growth. Let us have a look at the path and struggle that led Dr (CA) Ruchi Gupta to become a successful entrepreneur.

What pinched her to start?

The prolific entrepreneur is a PhD scholar and never had the thoughts of starting up such a public-centric portal. After completing her graduation, she persued her MBA along with CA. With inheriting the interest in teaching from her parents, she also wanted to become a lecturer. In pursuit of her dreams, she became a mentor to management students and worked as a lecturer in a college in Delhi. During that time she noticed many problems in hospitals and its functioning. One of the instances are as follows – One of her relatives were suffering with dengue and needed immediate admission, wherein the hospitals denied admitting him due to overcrowded hospital. She was not in a position to wander around to different hospitals in search of bed availability. But giving reference of a known doctor, the patient was immediately admitted. The problems did not end, soon the admin staff asked her to get the patient tested for platelets, due to lack of facilities during that time. This was another challenge for her to track and locate a diagnostic lab who can provide the test results immediately for further treatment. At the end only her reference helped the patient with regular tests and treatment.

This was when she thought of improving the current functioning of healthcare, making it public friendly and providing transparency and ease in tracking of testing labs etc.

She noticed that there was a huge price difference when she was referred by someone to the labs without hindering the quality. She thought what she can do in order to make this price friendly feature available to the public. This only gave her the idea generation, but to make it practical and possible, she still had many hurdles to cross. She wanted to create an online portal by tying up with various labs to make all the tests available to the patients with ease and transparency. To develop a team, she actually shared the idea with more than 300 people and atlast found 4 reliable source who were convinced with her idea – Dr Ravinder pal Singh, who belongs to the same field, knew situations better and hence accepted to start the portal.

Gradually, they started building the medical, online and the finance team. In the initial months when the website was under construction, it was a huge challenge for the 3hcare team to convince tying up with diagnostic centres. Still they managed to bring around 180 centres. Today the portal is ready with over 350 test centres to choose from with further verticals yet to be added.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

India To Become Premier Hub For Medical Tourism By 2020

With developing medical technologies and cost effective world class treatments available, India is becoming the hub for treatment in the medical field. The treatment provided is from accredited facilities at par with any developed country in the world at much cheaper cost is what is making Medical Value tourism a competitive advantage over others.

With several big investments being made in this sector, the functioning of the industry has become more professional, organised and efficient. Besides the urgent need for quality treatment services, people across the world are making India, the Focal point for cost effective facilities available.

With the integration of surplus talent, technology, tourist attraction, trade and tradition, India is a potential place to promote itself as a Premier Global Healthcare destination and enable streamlined medical services.

Even though Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore has started moving ahead of India, the distinct health care features and the initiatives taken by PM of India, exponential growth is confirmed in the upcoming years. Where the overall healthcare market is expected to boom three times from $ 100 Billion to $ 300 billion by 2020, the Indian Medical tourism will reach $ 10 – 15 billion with 4 times the growth in the IT market.

The government is all set to participate and boost the morale of the industry apart from providing great opportunities to list the challenges, priorities and prescription for its betterment. Growth in the medical tourism and healthcare delivery industry will enhance employment opportunities besides the congregation of pharma and medical equipment industries.

With perspective of the opportunities lying ahead, investment and support both from the government and private players will prepare a solid base for future MVT in India and the actions have already overtaken the anticipation.

Why Is India The Best Attraction For Medical Tourism?

With availability of the latest technologies and the growing observance on international quality standards, treatment at reduced cost are the assets that has made India the most desirable medical tourism destinations across the world. It costs only a tenth in India for similar treatment procedures and outcomes as compared to US and UK.

It was seen that the maximum number of medical visas were availed by medical travelers from Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Korea, due to the fact that visa-on-arrival scheme was an ease for such patients to get treatment and stay in India for 30 days. Earlier a visa would be issued after 2 months of the previous visit and removing such restrictions has also allowed and attracted many medical tourists from the Gulf countries.

Improvements Being Planned By The Government Of India

With the advent of online and e-commerce healthcare industry the legal formalities for the patients travelling will be made easy. A checklist along with relevant information will be available on the embassy website that includes the following – requirement of multiple visas for comfort of multiple entries during follow up treatment, a coloumn for high end treatment cases involving multiple legalities as in case of kidney and liver transplant to avoid clearance problems on arrival. Transportation of critically ill patients from airport to the hospital is one of the smallest though complicated issue. The checklist can also include the private hospital’s ambulance pick up from the landing strip directly to the hospital to avoid transferring inconvenience to critically ill patients. These issues if addressed properly can take medical tourism and travellers to India a long way in boosting their confidence.

International travellers focus more on Government accreditations. JCI has more global visibility than NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) in India. This can sometime become an obstruction for attracting medical travelers to India. Even though NABH being the highest accreditation followed in India, it still needs to be promoted and recognized on a global platform to achieve global acceptability.

Problems in fund transaction – Many countries have strict laws for international fund transfer. This takes patients a long time to get permission and acts as a hindrance for timely treatment. Countries like Iraq and Uzbekistan has such laws, who cover under one-fifth of the medical travelers to India.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Foreign Patients Prefer India For Medical Treatment, Leading Portals Emerge As Guidance

Medical Tourism is the most recent trend in globalization of the health care industry that is booming and gaining prominence in developing countries. With the availability of the cheapest and the most accredited health care facility, India is expected to become the leading hub for patients seeking medical treatments across the world. The most important factors like cost consciousness and availability of accredited facilities have led to the emergence of a new leader in the Global medical tourism industry- India.

Overtaking Thailand in the recent years amongst the corridors of health, India is poised to become the hub for best medical treatment facilities across the world by 2020.

Globalization has promoted a consumerist culture, thereby promoting goods and services that can feed the aspirations arising from this culture. This has changed the character of the medical care sector, with the entry of the corporate sector. Besides the urgent need for quality treatment services, people across the world are making India, the Focal point for cost effective facilities available.

With the integration of surplus talent, technology, tourist attraction, trade and tradition, India is a potential place to promote itself as a Premier Global Healthcare destination and enable streamlined medical services.

Medical Tourism as a Global Industry

This process is being facilitated by the corporate sector involved in medical care as well as the tourism industry - both private and public. Foreign patients travelling to India to seek medical treatment have drastically increased since 2013. This is due to the fact that India offers medical facilities, including critical care at one-tenth of the cost of U.S. The Government’s role and support along with online portals like 3hcare.in, to boost medical tourism is also focusing on several areas including quality standards and easy visa processes to make India a global destination for healthcare services. India is a great location for foreign patients because this is a place where entire range of healthcare sector finds place.

Medical tourism chooses India as their favorable destination because of the key opportunities in Indian healthcare sector in the form of efficient infrastructure and technology. The health insurance market and national medical system here are well developed, which is convenient for visitors from the West and Middle East. They also find the hospital expenses very affordable. The travel and tourism industry already accounts for one of every nine job opportunities created in India, currently aggregating over 20 million employees. It is estimated that this industry generates more jobs per unit investment than any other sector.

Why India is the leader in health services?

India is known as the Health capital of Asia. With several multi and super specialty hospitals across the country brings in an average of 1500 international patients each day. The growing trend of medical tourist attraction in India can be linked to the affordable treatment, on-priority consultation with no waiting time, and the best in class facilities offered from various hospitals. Further advantages include -

Ease of travel - The government has removed visa restrictions on tourist visas that required a two-month gap between consecutive visits for people from Gulf countries which is likely to boost medical tourism. Moreover visa on arrival eased off the stay for many medical travelers coming to India with a medical reason for upto 30 days.

Cost effective – the treatment cost in India is atleast estimated to be only one-tenth of the cost when compared to any developed country. With the most popular and the state of the art alternative medicines and treatment, AYUSH, India finds a prime position amongst the foreign patients.

Quality healthcare service - India has 28 JCI accredited hospitals, though a foreign patient seeking treatment in India opts for the best Doctor Hospital combination. The technological advancements in healthcare IT has helped them in seeking the best satisfactory pair.  With the advent of online portals like 3hcare.in, the services taken by the medical traveler has eased off.  Many hospitals also give the option of continuing the treatment through telemedicine.

Language - Despite India's diversity of languages, English is an official language and is widely spoken. In the region of Delhi-NCR which is fast emerging as a hotspot for medical tourism, a number of hospitals have hired language translators to make patients from other countries feel comfortable along with helping them for better facilitation.  3hcare.in has been a front runner in providing Online Medical Opinion, Plan my surgery and second opinion with direct consultation from the best hospitals of your choice. This platform is a one-stop-shop for all the health needs of the patients.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Doctors to be Helped by Hospital Artificial Intelligence System Offering Better Diagnosis

Automation through AI has made the healthcare industry more efficient and sustainable. Not only it improves the recovery time with no post operative complications in patients but also eases off the work of a surgeon. AI always has been a boon to the surgeon that helps them with high precision and accuracy which helps in optimizing their performance in no time. The following are the few latest technologies that have proved to help the doctors -

3D Printing

Application of 3D printing has seen a swift rise in the field of medical interventions and diagnosis and the artificial intelligence is transforming the industry. The technology helps the surgeon to exactly figure out the anatomy of the organ making it easy for better diagnostics and understanding. 3D objects of any imaginable shape can be printed with very high precision that helps the doctors to analyse even the most complex anatomical models with ease.

Size of a heart valve varies from person to person which makes it difficult for a surgeon to identify the exact sizing. In case of pediatric cardiology, where complex heart diseases require accurate anatomical description for better interpretation and correct intervention. This technology helps in producing the exact replica of the heart which is the most complex part to observe otherwise.

Traditional methods may require re-intervention in some cases, where this model eliminates them and provides shorter cardiopulmonary bypass time, circulatory arrest time and fewer residual lesions. An operating room with such improvements transforms a quicker recovery and shorter post-operative stay. Apart from planning and carrying out complex interventions in congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, and surgical and catheter-based structural disease, this has numerous applications in various fields of medical science.

Usually this method is popular in planning of heart operation, spine and other orthopedic procedure. Any organ or tissue can be made in nearly any imaginable geometry through the translation of x-ray, MRI, or CT scans.

Neurosurgery – in case of cranial implants where the shapes are irregular and almost unimaginable, this model provides standardization. The plate needs to be fixed with perfection, and 3D printing makes it much easier to customize, fit and design.

Orthopaedics – in complex cases standard implants may not be sufficient and hence the ability to quickly produce custom implants and prostheses solves a clear and persistent problem in orthopaedics. Previous methods were time consuming and not so accurate where the implants needed to be modified to desired shape and size.

Tissues and organ - scarcity of organs for transplant is one of the major issues in India and with the advent of this technology, life lost waiting for organ can be eliminated. This would minimize the risk of tissue rejection, as well as the need to take lifelong immunosuppressants.

2. Robotic O-Arm

The O-Arm is a progressive and an innovative surgical imaging system to allow the surgeons to perform minimally invasive spine surgeries with greater precision, accuracy and most importantly safety. This resembles an imaging system that acts just like a GPS to help the surgeon guide his way during the surgery for accuracy and precision. ‘O’-Arm also known as 360 degree Robotic arm is the latest technological advancement which is revolutionizing in the field of neurosurgery.

The imaging system is linked to a computer navigation allowing the surgeons to visualize the complete spinal structure in real time. O – Arm is a boon for the surgeons to plan, implement and confirm the success of the surgery as soon as the patient even leaves the operating room.

The robotic system has the potential to eliminate tissue and muscle disruption, blood loss during the surgery and post operative deformities that makes it safer for the patients with better outcome and recovery.

Moreover the setup being completely mobile can be moved to any desired location within no time, making it useful for parallel interventions as well. A surgeon’s access to the patient is increased with optimal positioning and workflow.

Also the high power magnification helps in capturing the most complex anatomy of the spinal bones and nerves for better visualization and intervention which is essential for safe and effective performance of a surgeon.

3. CyberKnife

CyberKnife radiation surgery is the most advanced, non invasive radiation therapy available to treat non-cancerous as well as cancerous and other diseases with the help of precise beams of high-dose radiation. It is a no pain and a no risk day-care treatment wherein patients are discharged as soon as the session gets over and therefore, no hospitalisation is required. The treatment uses a sophisticated image guidance system to beam high doses of radiation directly to your tumor. It is most useful in cases which are hard to access especially in the brain or lungs.

M6 Cyberknife is highly precise equipment that not only diagnoses but also treats any kind of tumor in no time. It further prevents the cancerous cells from multiplying. In fact, the objective of radiation therapy is to destroy the harmful cells while minimizing damage to healthy cells.

CyberKnife is a non-invasive, real-time motion tracking technology for accurate delivery of high-dose radiation therapy. Instead of a bulky head frame, CyberKnife patients are provided with a soft, mesh mask during the treatment. Moreover, treatment with CyberKnife is flexible; imaging is performed few days in advance, thereby leaving the radiation oncologist with enough time to design and finalize a customized treatment plan.

4. Neuronavigation –GPS in Brain

Neuronavigation technology’ acts like a GPS inside the brain to locate tumor accurately. There is no need to shave the head bald and only a small incision need to be made to remove the tumor. Post surgical disfigurement is also avoided. It helps create an accurate image of the brain, in order to remove brain tumor and other abnormalities directly, safely, and effectively during the surgery. It reduces the need for the patient to undergo a second surgery and also reduces the risk of surgical complication. When this technology is used in combination with neuro-navigation system, that navigate the brain during the surgery, without damaging the vital areas of the brain. This technology is similar to GPS and tracks and shows the exact area of tumor that helps the surgeons to make the exact cut, and eliminating the need to completely shave the head.

Neuronavigation has become an omnipresent tool in the surgical management of brain tumors. These systems enable surgeons to visualize the anatomy of a patient’s brain during surgery and precisely track the location of their surgical instruments in relation to the anatomy – even accommodating for the brain shift that occurs during surgery. Using technologies during procedures like tumor resections, surgeons can navigate more precisely, perform less-invasive procedures, and help improve clinical outcomes.

Neuronavigation is recognized as the next evolutionary step of stereotactic surgery. In its infancy the purpose of this technology was to create a mathematical model describing a proposed coordinate system for the space within a closed structure, e.g., the skull. This "fiducial spatial coordinate system” uses fiducial markers as a reference to describe with high accuracy the position of specific structures within this arbitrarily defined space. The surgeon then refers to that data to target particular structures within the brain.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Career in Diagnostics is poised to become India’s most satisfactory jobs by 2020

Healthcare industry is one of India’s vastly expanding sectors in terms of economy, and anyone in pursuit of a fulfilling career has more than just a chance to establish themselves in it. The industry basically deals with hospitals, diagnostics, medical devices, and medical tourism. Though Indian healthcare is showing an exponential growth, the scope of development is yet to be explored.

Students at the doorstep of their career should be aware that how big and diverse this field will be by the end of 2020. And with more private players coming forward with better public – private partnerships, this field is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 25% during this 5 year tenure.

Many students are confused with what to opt for after completing their graduation- whether to go for low salary job or pursue further studies. Majority of them do their post graduation to get a decent job. Diagnostics is one such segment in the field of healthcare management that has brilliant prospects in job environment and a profitable career option.  Besides getting lucrative remunerations, this also helps to achieve the goal of service to mankind.

Healthcare operates in various segments of which the diagnostics segment is at a boom. Pathology, the type of diagnosis of human diseases by laboratory methods has open scope in areas either as a diagnostician, teacher or an investigator. Pathologists in clinical laboratories practice as consultant physicians, to analyse the laboratory reports for better diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

One of the most interesting and fascinating fields in this segment is genetic testing and research in molecular biology. With Unfolding opportunities in this field, career in genetic biomarkers are continuing to expand. A molecular biologist focuses on the genetic changes to assist in curing and slowing down of disease infestation. And screening in newborn is necessary as it helps in identifying genetic disorders and treats early in life.

Another field of diagnosis is radiology that deals with diagnosing and treating diseases with medical imaging techniques. With the increasing demand for radiologists in India, this field ensures a better career path and the occupation is expected to grow faster than any other. A radiology technician has an option to work as ultrasound technician, X-ray technician, MRI technician, CT technician and medical professional. With an immediate and sustainable demand for technologists in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, the field of radiography continue to show higher than average job growth into the future.

Job scenario for those planning to start their careers in radiology are expected to remain high, particularly for those interested in working for general medical and surgical hospitals. Radiation technicians can work in urgent care facilities, clinics, equipment sales, and private offices.

Radiologic technology is a fascinating subject to study which in addition to providing certificate to work in the state of residence, also prepares a career in healthcare industry that s challenging, important and gratifying. Being one of the heart warming jobs, position of a radiologist holds 15th rank among the best jobs in this industry and considered one of the smartest choices to opt for.

According to IBEF, the overall healthcare market is worth $ 100 billion and is expected to reach 280 billion by 2020. The Indian medical tourism will reach $ 10 billion with 2 times growth in health care IT market is expected by 2020. The data promises to provide a huge boost in generating employment opportunities in the upcoming years in the field of healthcare management.

With several big investments being made in this sector, the functioning of the industry has become more professional, organised and efficient. Besides the urgent need for trained doctors and nursing staff, efficient management is required in various measures of the field.

As far as job opportunities are concerned, diagnostic management professionals are required not only in hospitals and clinics, but also in healthcare NGOs, hospital consultancy companies and IT industry involved in developing software and imaging equipments. IT firms like Dell, Accenture, Delloite etc hire such professionals. In case of a fresher, who has no work experience, the industry hires them as technicians and with the training and experience gained they will reach the zenith within few years.

Looking for future experts, lack of talent is currently a drawback. The industry is growing at a swift rate, though the talent still is lagging. To nurture today’s talent for a long term with focus on quality, opens up scope for many. Being a young industry open in the market, the learning curve will definitely be sharp and the talent will be nurtured to withhold greater responsibilities at a younger age. The industry is trying to seek out people who have a high moral purpose, eager to learn and lead. This will create an impact in advancing in the healthcare world by providing promising opportunities that will reshape and redefine it.

With the growing science and technology, use of medical apps have been on a rise and made IT considerably more understanding. The role of a technician has undergone a major change over the past decade. Most modern hospitals and healthcare establishments’ are in requirement of experienced technicians and radio-interventionist equipped with multi-disciplinary skills.

The healthcare industry desires a skilled workforce of professionals involved in research, market shaping and development and most importantly customer centric roles. India is the potential place to attract healthcare industry with its highly skilled specialised workforce.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Busting Myths about Diagnostics

The kind of people I have come across, most of them have a perception that many problems or health issues are age related and there is no need to undergo any tests as of now. For instance, orthopedic problems are often understood as an old age problem, but with the kind of lifestyle we are living – sedentary lifestyle, long hours of sitting, poor diet, excessive stress, many people are diagnosed with cervical problems, lower back ache and other rheumatoid conditions. Such conditions among youngsters in the age group of 25-32 are on a rise with good percentage.

People in the age group of 25 + to 35 years have a common misconception that even diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol are not common in this age group. But upon conducting all the tests, all the levels were abnormal and are totally unacceptable by them at all. There are many things that may not show any symptoms while in early stages and if you go for a diagnosis only when the symptoms are prominent then the time wasted will prevent timely diagnosis in treatment. This is where preventive care is beneficial and everyone should go for frequent checkups as we do not know what our body behaves like. It is not mandatory that if you are lean, your cholesterol levels may be normal.

MYTH 1 - Blood tests are for unhealthy people and I don’t need them. They don’t mean anything and the levels are inaccurate.

Fact - There are many things that may not show any symptoms while in early stages and if you go for a diagnosis, only then the symptoms are prominent. Frequent checkups provide the body behaviour and a preventive care. Many people with such myth get flawed when they undergo blood tests. The results would indicate deficiency far outside the healthy range. Regarding the accuracy of the results, many believe that the results are not correct as they think nothing is wrong about their lifestyle or diet. But the fact is that these blood tests accurately shows clinical disease as well as indicates an idea of where your health is trending over the tested period.  Regular tests can be a very effective tool for monitoring health for preventive reasons.

Myth 2 – Many illness or conditions like diabetes, thyroid or cholesterol are for the elderly.

Fact - People in the age group of 25 + to 35 years have a common misconception that even diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol are not common in this age group. But upon conducting the tests, all the levels were abnormal. The results were totally unacceptable by them. With changes in the living habits like sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary intake, excess office stress etc, people have become less immune to diseases, irrespective of the age factor, even the younger generation has started acquiring such conditions.

Myth 3 – Do not eat sugar one night before the diabetes check up for normal results.

Fact - Diabetes is a gradually developing process and it has nothing to do with rise in blood sugar levels if you consume sweet before the test. The test results will only indicate high glucose levels in the blood if one is actually having any disturbances in the sugar levels. It should be noted that people with a family history of diabetes must have this checkup on regular basis, as the risk for getting the conditions are high.  When the condition is genetically passed on, then even if you don’t eat sweets can also have adverse effects on the blood sugar levels. Regular diabetic screening will only help in knowing the trend of the blood sugar levels, in order to keep a check for preventive care.

Myth 4 – Kids under the age have a good diet, no stress, no sedentary lifestyle so they cannot be deficient in Vitamin D.

Fact - Vitamin deficiency is one of the most common problems and is not age related. Over 80-90 % of the people are Vitamin D deficient that also include kids under the age of 5. One should understand that these problems may not be age related but can happen with anyone. We also tend to believe that by providing enough balanced diet like milk, curd, calcium and other related supplements and minerals etc., deficiency cannot happen. But we tend to forget the fact that vitamin D deficiency has very little to with dietary intake. Many factors influence its deficiency like living style, place you live at, the kind of atmosphere one is in etc. Similar is the case with kids under the age of 5 years, where the adulterated environment can cause such deficiencies. Thus it is equally essential to get the required tests at such tender age also.

Myth 5 – All diagnostic imaging methods involve radiation and x-rays especially are dangerous for pregnant women.

Fact – Though it is true that certain imaging methods like X-ray, CT scan, catheterization and mammography involves radiation, but other methods like Ultrasound and MRI scans are radiation free. In case of pregnant women, it is advisable not to undergo abdominal scan during the first trimester when the fetal organs are still developing as the radiations can be harmful. But in emergency conditions, scans can be performed by taking necessary precautions. The thing is that the abdomen should be completely protected with lead apron and chest X-rays can be done freely. Depending on the situation and symptoms, quality labs and practitioners will suggest the best possible ways of diagnosis.

Myth 6 - All Radiologic diagnostics are with radiations, and are dangerous for health.

Fact – Not all radiologic machines work upon the principle of radiations like MRI and Ultrasound. But due to the fact that they may be a bit time taking procedures in cases where instant diagnosis is required the speed of reaction is very less. Only in such cases other equipments like X-ray comes into picture. The physician obeys all the rules to ensure patient safety and avoid unnecessary scans or prefers radiation free scanning or with the least possible dose.  Getting radiologic diagnosis once in a while doesn’t affect any organ of the body.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Advent of IT into healthcare

Healthcare industry is one of India’s vastly expanding sectors in terms of economy, and anyone in pursuit of a fulfilling career has more than just a chance to establish themselves in it. The industry basically deals with hospitals, diagnostics, medical devices, and medical tourism. Though Indian healthcare is showing an exponential growth, the scope of development is yet to be explored.

With the growing science and technology, use of medical apps have been on a rise and made IT considerably more understanding. Medical apps have become more customized providing a meaningful use of social media.

The increased use of 3D printing technology has also evolved in the recent years, providing the surgeons with a game changing technology in diagnostics and study the human anatomy. Printing blood vessels and heart tissues, studying cancer cells and replacing organs to name a few has already seen practical application in diagnosis and disease management.

The advents of smart watch, real time diagnosis in the operating room has helped the field with adherence control and inter disciplinary therapies. The technological advancement in the healthcare industry acts like an Artificial Intelligence in medical decision support, redesigning the hospital experience and poses like a virtual digital brain.

In the current situation, healthcare is predominantly driven by digital technology with most medical equipments running on digital platform. With more private players coming forward with better public – private partnerships, this field is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 25% during this 5 year tenure to become much more vast and diverse.

One of the most interesting and fascinating fields in this segment is genetic testing and research in molecular biology. With Unfolding opportunities in this field, genetic biomarkers are continuing to expand. A molecular biologist focuses on the genetic changes to assist in curing and slowing down of disease infestation. And screening in newborn is necessary as it helps in identifying genetic disorders and facilitating treatment early in life.

As far as job opportunities are concerned, diagnostic management professionals are required not only in hospitals and clinics, but also in healthcare NGOs, hospital consultancy companies and IT industry involved in developing software and imaging equipments. IT firms like Dell, Accenture, Delloite etc hire such professionals. In case of a fresher, who has no work experience, the industry hires them as technicians and with the training and experience gained they will reach the zenith within few years.

Many students are confused with what to opt for after completing their graduation- whether to go for low salary job or pursue further studies. Majority of them do their post graduation to get a decent job. Diagnostics is one such segment in the field of healthcare management that has brilliant prospects in job environment and a profitable career option.  Besides getting lucrative remunerations, this also helps to achieve the goal of service to mankind.

Healthcare operates in various segments of which the diagnostics segment is at a boom. Pathology, the type of diagnosis of human diseases by laboratory methods has open scope in areas either as a diagnostician, teacher or an investigator. Pathologists in clinical laboratories practice as consultant physicians, to analyse the laboratory reports for better diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

One of the most interesting and fascinating fields in this segment is genetic testing and research in molecular biology. With Unfolding opportunities in this field, career in genetic biomarkers are continuing to expand. A molecular biologist focuses on the genetic changes to assist in curing and slowing down of disease infestation. And screening in newborn is necessary as it helps in identifying genetic disorders and treats early in life.

Another field of diagnosis is radiology that deals with diagnosing and treating diseases with medical imaging techniques. With the increasing demand for radiologists in India, this field ensures a better career path and the occupation is expected to grow faster than any other. A radiology technician has an option to work as ultrasound technician, X-ray technician, MRI technician, CT technician and medical professional. With an immediate and sustainable demand for technologists in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, the field of radiography continue to show higher than average job growth into the future.

Job scenario for those planning to start their careers in radiology are expected to remain high, particularly for those interested in working for general medical and surgical hospitals. Radiation technicians can work in urgent care facilities, clinics, equipment sales, and private offices.

Radiologic technology is a fascinating subject to study which in addition to providing certificate to work in the state of residence, also prepares a career in healthcare industry that s challenging, important and gratifying. Being one of the heart warming jobs, position of a radiologist holds 15th rank among the best jobs in this industry and considered one of the smartest choices to opt for.

According to IBEF, the overall healthcare market is worth $ 100 billion and is expected to reach 280 billion by 2020. The Indian medical tourism will reach $ 10 billion with 2 times growth in health care IT market is expected by 2020. The data promises to provide a huge boost in generating employment opportunities in the upcoming years in the field of healthcare management.

With several big investments being made in this sector, the functioning of the industry has become more professional, organised and efficient. Besides the urgent need for trained doctors and nursing staff, efficient management is required in various measures of the field.

Looking for future experts, lack of talent is currently a drawback. The industry is growing at a swift rate, though the talent still is lagging. To nurture today’s talent for a long term with focus on quality, opens up scope for many. Being a young industry open in the market, the learning curve will definitely be sharp and the talent will be nurtured to withhold greater responsibilities at a younger age. The industry is trying to seek out people who have a high moral purpose, eager to learn and lead. This will create an impact in advancing in the healthcare world by providing promising opportunities that will reshape and redefine it.

With the growing science and technology, use of medical apps have been on a rise and made IT considerably more understanding. The role of a technician has undergone a major change over the past decade. Most modern hospitals and healthcare establishments’ are in requirement of experienced technicians and radio-interventionist equipped with multi-disciplinary skills.

The healthcare industry desires a skilled workforce of professionals involved in research, market shaping and development and most importantly customer centric roles. India is the potential place to attract healthcare industry with its highly skilled specialised workforce.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Elaborate Information on Ultrasound and Its Types

We all have a fair idea about what an ultrasound is. It is a test done using high-frequency sound waves that create images of the internal portion of the body. This test has been commonly used for checking any health updates at the time of pregnancy. Ultrasound tests, or sonography, unlike other tests are considered to be a much safer option because it merely uses the sound waves that echoes on the area of diagnosis thereby resulting in no radiation-like effects.  These scans are done in the Ultrasound Clinicto evaluate fetal development. Alternatively, they can also be recommended by the physicians to for checking other internal organ's ailments such as liver, heart, kidney, or abdomen. An ultrasound test is equally adept at performing certain types of biopsy.

The image produced by the Ultrasound Test is known as sonogram.

Quick facts on ultrasound scans

Given below are some of the key things to remember about ultrasound.

·        Due to the high safety standards, Ultrasound scans are widely recommended.

·        Its most common use is seen for checking the progress of a pregnancy.

·        It is used to enhance the diagnosis of the treatment.

·        No special preparation is normally necessary before an ultrasound scan.

Concept

Ultrasound scans are carried out by a sonographer.

The person who performs an ultrasound scan is called a sonographer, but the images are interpreted by radiologists, cardiologists, or other specialists.

At the time of the sonography, the sonographer uses a device known as transducer, a hand-held device, which is placed on the patient's skin. The ultrasound waves then travel through the soft tissues of the body. It does not get absorbed but it rather bounces back or echoes off to the denser surfaces thereby obtaining an image in the process.

It is named as ultrasound as the sound is produced in a frequency which is not audible to the normal human ears.

The frequency of ultrasound in all the ultrasound in delhi is between 2 and 18 megahertz (MHz).

It has been observed that the higher frequency of an ultrasound enables better quality images and is readily absorbed by the skin and other internal tissue. Hence they cannot penetrate as deeply as lower frequencies. Yet its use is deemed fit because the lower frequencies fail to penetrate deep into the tissues.

How Does it Capture an Image?

The ultrasound waves travel through blood. For instance if the waves hit the heart valve, it would bounce back.

Similarly, if the ultrasound test is for gallbladder and there are gallstones present in the organ then the waves would bounce back from them and create an image.

This bouncing back, or echo, gives the ultrasound image its features. Varying shades of gray reflect different densities.

What Does a Transducer Look Like?

A transducer is more like a wand in appearance and is placed on the body which is to be checked for.  Some of the tranducer are used for internal use for clearer and informative images as well. These are:

·        an endovaginal transducer, for use in the vagina

·        an endorectal transducer. This is used for getting images of the rectum

·        a transesophageal transducer. It is passed down the patient's throat to examine the esophagus.

The Ultrasound Lab also has small transducers that can be positioned onto the end of a catheter and inserted into blood vessels to examine the walls of blood vessels.

They are used for diagnosis, for treatment and also for guidance during the procedures of biopsies. Due to its high penetration power, it can be also used for internal organs such as the liver and kidneys, the pancreas, the thyroid gland, the testes and the ovaries, and others.

Other critical problems that can be brought into notice are:

·        Lump of a tumor. This could be cancerous, or a fluid-filled cyst.

·        An ultrasound can successfully diagnose the problems related to soft tissues, muscles, blood vessels, tendons, and joints.

·         The test is also effective in looking into certain conditions such as a frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and others.

Circulatory problems

Doppler ultrasound, a form of ultrasound done in the lab assesses the follow of blood in a vessel and blood pressure. The speed of the blood flow or any kind of obstruction can also be determined in an ultrasound test.

An echocardiogram (ECG) is an example of Doppler ultrasound. It is brought into effect in order to create images of the cardiovascular system and to measure blood flow and cardiac tissue movement at specific points.

A Doppler ultrasound can also give us the required assessment with regard to the functioning and state of cardiac valve areas, any abnormalities in the heart, valvular regurgitation, or blood leaking from valves, and it can show how well the heart pumps out blood.

It can also be used to:

·        examine the walls of blood vessels

·        check for DVT or an aneurysm

·        check fetal heart and heartbeat

·        evaluate for plaque buildup and clots

·        assess for blockages or narrowing of arteries

Ultrasound has various forms. One such form is carotid ultra-sonography that may include a Doppler ultrasound. This would reveal how blood cells move through the carotid arteries.

Ultrasound in anesthesiology

Ultrasound has been a test of choice for the anesthetists to guide a needle with anesthetic solutions near nerves.

Ultrasound in emergency medicine

Some other common uses of ultrasound test in various conditions include:

·        traumatic injuries

·        pericardial tamponade

·        fluid buildup around the heart

·        hemoperitoneum, or blood leakage in the abdomen

Abdominal sonography

For abdominal gastroenterology, the method of ultrasound is used by the gastroenterologist to get the images of the spleen, kidneys, bile ducts, gall bladder, liver, aorta, inferior vena cava, pancreas, and other solid organs located in the abdomen.

The evaluation for suspected gallstones or inflammation of the gall bladder, known as cholecystitis is also done by the help of ultrasound.

It can detect if the appendix is swollen or inflamed, which would suggest appendicitis. Blood work would confirm an infection.

But in cases there is an accumulation of fat in the body or gas formation in the bowel; it may block the ultrasound waves at times thereby causing difficulties in diagnosis.

Newborn infants

The Ultrasound test can be performed by a sonographer by placing the probe on the i.e. the soft spot on the top of the skull.

This helps in detecting any sort of abnormalities such as

·        hydrocehalus,

·        periventricular leukomalacia, a form of white-matter brain injury.

With the fontanelle growing smaller in time, it leads to the production of bad quality images.

Obstetric ultrasonography

Ultrasound devices release high-frequency sound waves from the transducer which helps in getting the images of the internal part of the body in conditions like pregnancy.

Ultrasound is part of standard prenatal care. They collect the images of the fetus or embryo in the uterus.

Obstetric ultrasonography can reveal various aspects of both fetal and maternal health. It can also help doctors assess the progress of the pregnancy.

The device known as transducer is typically placed on the mother's abdomen. But some special conditions require the device to be placed in the vagina.

A transvaginal scan provides the most detailed pictures of early pregnancy and it is considered to be a better option if the mother has obesity.

Doppler sonography shows the fetal heartbeat. It equally comes in handy as a test that finds out the signs of abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels.

Ultrasound and urology

·        In urology, ultrasound can check:

·        how much urine remains in the bladder after urinating

·        the exact conditions of the critical organ's health like those of the pelvic region, including the uterus and testicles

In young, adult males, ultrasound can distinguish different types of swelling from testicular cancer.

Pelvic sonographies can be internal or external.

In cases of the male, the internal sonogram is done by inserting the device into the rectum. The same device is inserted into vagina of the female.

This can provide information about the prostate gland, ovaries, or uterus.

The ultrasound in delhi done for the pelvic floor to assist the doctors in correct diagnosis and to ascertain the extent of conditions like a pelvic prolapse, incontinence or obstructed defecation.

Musculoskeletal Sonography

Ultrasound can be further used for the examinations of the ligaments, bone surfaces, soft tissue masses, nerves, muscles, and tendons.

What to Expect

An ultrasound is done at the Ultrasound clinic under the guidance of a specialist and a doctor. Usually these scans do not take more than 20 to 60 seconds. It is a painless scan and creates no noise.

·        By and large there is no special preparation needed. In most cases, no special preparation is needed, but patients may feel the necessity to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing.

·        If a person is suffering liver or gallbladder condition, the patient may have to fast for several hours before the procedure.

·        In early stage pregnancy scan situations, the patient is required to drink plenty of water and try to avoid urinating for some time prior to the test.

·        The scan produces better images of the uterus when the bladder is full.

·        The scan usually takes place in the radiology department of a hospital. A doctor or a specially-trained sonographer will carry out the test.

External Ultrasound

The sonographer puts a lubricating gel onto the patient's skin and places a transducer over the lubricated skin.

·        The transducer is then moved on the part of the body needing examination. The common examples are those of a patient's heart or a fetus in the uterus.

·        The patient is unlikely to feel any discomfort or pain. They would merely feel the transducer moving over the skin.

·        During pregnancy, a slight discomfort is caused because of the full bladder.

Internal Ultrasound

If there is a need for an evaluation of an internal organ for a possible abnormality or pain, the transducer would be placed in the rectum for a man and in the vagina for a woman. The parts of the digestive system, for instance the esophagus, the chest lymph nodes, or the stomach, an endoscope may be used.

·        For obtaining the images of the internal organs, the ultrasound device is attached to the end of the endoscope along with a light and inserted into the patient's body through the mouth.

·        For any case in which the patient is suffering from pain, the doctors may provide medication to release the pain.

·        Internal ultrasound scans are less comfortable than external ones with a slight risk of internal bleeding.

Safety

As it has been clear thus far, most of the ultrasound is noninvasive involving no ionizing radiation exposure. The procedure is believed to be very safe. However, since the long-term risks are not established, unnecessary "keepsake" scans during pregnancy are not encouraged. Ultrasound during pregnancy is recommended only it has been called for medically.

Since the test uses a coat of latex on the body part requiring ultrasound. Therefore the person who is allergic to latex should notify the doctors about the same.

Cost of the Ultrasound Scan

Ultrasound is no more a single dimensional scan. With the availability of latest technology, it is now very easy to generate multidimensional images. Currently we can get 3d ultrasoundas well as 4D ultrasoundin the reputed labs in India. The 3d ultrasound cost in delhi as well as 4D  ultrasound cost in delhi  starts from INR 840, this includes the scan report of any one region. However if there is a necessity of going for a 3d or 4d ultrasound with level II then the ultrasound cost would beINR 8000.

To choose for the best diagnostic labs for these tests, it is important to get in touch with the best labs which are also NABL accredited. Besides planning your important diagnostic and pathological test, you can also plan your surgery with the help of such health portals.

MRI Scan: The Procedure, its Types and the Frequently Asked Questions

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a common procedure around the world.

MRI scan at a MRI Scan Centre is conducted by using a strong filed radio or magnetic waves that help in obtaining the detailed images of the organs within the body.

Since the time it was first introduced to the world of diagnostics, many doctors and researchers have termed MRI as "revolutionary".


What is MRI of the Body?

In simple terms MRI stands for Magnetic resonance imaging. It is a noninvasive (meaning there is no need to make an incision whatsoever) form of medical test used by the physicians to diagnose medical conditions.

This test uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses. The final result of the test is recorded in a computer wherein the detailed pictures of organs, bones, tissues and virtually every internal body structure is made visible in this test.  The biggest advantage is that the mri test labs in delhidoes not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

The presence of certain disease in various parts of the body is also found out in the MR images. The mri scan labs in delhi ncr have the facility to transmit the images from the computer and have them printed or copied in a CD so they can be sent to the doctors for evaluation and plan the further treatment.

What are Some Common Uses of the Procedure?

MR imaging of the body is performed to evaluate:

·        The most vital organs like hearts, liver, kidney etc. can be monitored with the help of MRI scan.

·        MRI scan is also helpful to detect the diseases of the pelvic organs as well as the reproductive organs such as the uterus and ovaries in females and the prostate gland in males.

·        Blood vessels (including MR Angiography).

·        Lymph nodes.

·        Physicians use an MR examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:

·        Tumors of the chest, abdomen or pelvis.

·        Diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis, and abnormalities of the bile ducts and pancreas.

·        Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

·        It is also recommended for congenital heart disease.

·        Malformations of the blood vessels and inflammation of the vessels (vasculitis).

·        A fetus in the womb of a pregnant woman.

What Does the Equipment Look Like?

The traditional MRI unit in the MRI Scan Centre looks pretty much the same as a cylinder-shaped tube surrounded by a circular magnet. The patient is made to lie down on a moveable examination table that slides into the center of the magnet that emits the magnetic waves.

There are some MRI units that are known as short-bore system. These are designed in a way that the magnets do not surround the person in entirety. Some newer MRI machines come with a larger diameter which can more comfortable for patients of larger physical frame or those who are claustrophobic. The other MRI machines are open to the sides i.e. open MRI. As a result, the newer open MRI units are capable of high quality images for various types of exams. The same cannot be said for the old MRI units since they use backdated technology. Moreover, the open MRI cannot be considered fit for certain types of examinations. It is therefore advised to consult your mri scan labs in delhi ncr.
The computer workstation that does all the post processing of the images is located separately at a safe distance from the scanner.

Preparation

An MRI scan requires very little preparation prior to the scan.

Once you arrive at the MRI lab for a full body mri scan cost in delhi, the doctors would suggest to change into a gown or other free flowing cloth. Since this test is completely reliant on the magnetic fields, it is critical that the person undergoing the test shows up without wearing any metal object. In doing so, the doctor would ask to remove any object that interferes with the machine.

Some of the cases make it difficult to have an MRI for a person. These can be for the presence of the metal inside their body such as such as bullets, shrapnel, or other metallic foreign bodies. The medical devices like cochlear implants, aneursym clips, and pacemakers can also hinder the MRI scans.

Individuals who are anxious or nervous about enclosed spaces should tell their doctor. They shall be given medication prior to the MRI procedure to make the process comfortable.

Moreover, the MRI patients might be given an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast liquid. This may be done to improve the visibility of a particular tissue that is relevant to the scan.

The radiologist, a doctor who specializes in medical images, will then talk the individual through the MRI scanning process and answer any questions they may have about the procedure.

During an MRI Scan

Once the patient is placed into the scanner, the MRI technician ensures that the person is comfortable with the help of an intercom. The process is not commenced until the patient is ready.

It is vital to stay till throughout the scan as any movement can disrupt the images. Another thing to be noticed is that the scanner would produce loud clanging noise albeit it is not something to be scared of. Certain images require the person to hold their breath at times. Nevertheless, if the patient is too uncomfortable to go through the test, they can speak to the technician and request the scan to be stopped.

After an MRI Scan

Post MRI scan, the radiologist and the team of technicians would examine the images and see if there is a need to go for another scan. If not then the patient can go home.

Next the radiologist will prepare a report for the requesting doctor. Hence the patients are told to schedule an appointment with the doctor discussing the results.

Side Effects

Rarely do patients feel or experience any kind of pain or niggle from an MRI scan.

That said, some people may complain of nausea, headache. The allergy due to the contrast material is rare but its possibility is not ruled out. It can cause hives or itchy eyes. Therefore one must notify the technician to avoid any adverse reaction.

Those who suffer from claustrophobia are the ones who feel discomfort during an MRI scan.

Function

An MRI scanner contains two powerful magnets. These are the most important parts of the equipment.

The human body is largely made of water molecules, which are comprised of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. At the center of each atom lies an even smaller particle called a proton, which serves as a magnet and is sensitive to any magnetic field

Normally, the water molecules in the body are randomly arranged, but on entering an MRI scanner, the first magnet causes the water molecules to align in one direction, either north or south.

The second magnetic field is then turned on and off in a series of quick pulses, causing each hydrogen atom to change its alignment when switched on and then quickly switch back to its original relaxed state when switched off.

Passing electricity through gradient coils, which also cause the coils to vibrate, creates the magnetic field, causing a knocking sound inside the scanner.

Although the patient cannot feel these changes, the scanner can detect them and, in conjunction with a computer, can create a detailed cross-sectional image for the radiologist.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging fMRI

Functional magnetic resonance imaging or functional MRI (fMRI) uses MRI technology to measure cognitive activity by monitoring blood flow to certain areas of the brain.

The blood flow increases in areas where neurons are active. This gives an insight into the activity of neurons in the brain.

This technique has revolutionized brain mapping, by allowing researchers to assess the brain and spinal cord without the need for invasive procedures or drug injections.

Functional MRI helps researchers learn about the function of a normal, diseased, or injured brain.

fMRI is also used in clinical practice. Standard MRI scans are useful for detecting anomalies in tissue structure. However, an fMRI scan can help detect anomalies in activity.

In short, fMRI tests what tissues do rather than how they look.

As such, doctors use fMRI to assess the risks of brain surgery by identifying the regions of the brain involved in critical functions, such as speaking, movement, sensing, or planning.

Functional MRI can also be used to determine the effects of tumors, stroke, head and brain injuries, or neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's.

How Stay Calm During MRI Scan?

Claustrophobia is a fear of being confined to a small space. Some people might be okay in a small room but terrified of being trapped in an elevator; others with claustrophobia might be fine in the elevator but terrified of being in a tight box. But general estimates put the numbers around five to ten perfect of the population, though. While for the most part claustrophobia won’t impact your day-to-day life, there are certain circumstances where it can become an issue. One of the most common scenarios where claustrophobia becomes a problem is when you need an MRI. MRI machines are notorious for making people feel uncomfortable; even someone who never felt claustrophobic before may do so once they are inside the machine. However, the information that this machine can provide to your doctor can be vital for diagnosing health concerns such as tumors, inflammation in the bowels, or even cirrhosis of the liver. So getting through the process, claustrophobic or not, is a must.

Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to make the process of getting an MRI easier on yourself so you can overcome your fears and get the imaging that you need. We’ve been working with patients in the Tulsa area for decades; during that time, we’ve discovered a lot of helpful tips that you might find useful if you are feeling apprehensive about your scan.

Answering the Most Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will an MRI Scan Take?

MRI scans' time duration ranges between 20 and 60 minutes. The part of the body which is required to be analyzed and how many images are required would also affect the time taken. If, after the first MRI scan, the images are not clear enough for the radiologist, they may ask the patient to undergo a second scan straight away.

I Have Braces or Filings, Should I Still Undergo the Scan?

Although braces and fillings are unaffected by the scan, they may distort certain images. The doctor and technician will discuss this beforehand. The MRI scan may take longer if additional images are required.

I am Claustrophobic, What Can I Do?

The doctor and radiologist will be able to talk the patient through the whole procedure and address any anxieties. Open MRI scanners are available in some locations for certain body parts to help patients who have claustrophobia.

A person can take medication prior to the test to ease anxiety.

Do I Need an Injection of Contrast Before my MRI Scan?

A contrast dye can improve diagnostic accuracy by highlighting certain tissues.

Some patients may need to have a contrast agent injected before the scan.

Can I Have an MRI scan if I am Pregnant?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Let a doctor know about the pregnancy before the scan. There have been relatively few studies on the effect of MRI scans on pregnancy.

Typically, doctors do not recommend contrast material for women who are pregnant.

MRI scans should be restricted during the first trimester unless the information is considered essential. MRI scans during the second and third trimester are safe at 3.0 tesla (T) or less. The tesla is a measurement of magnetic strength.

Cost of MRI scan

MRI scan is a large scale process of scanning and it has the capability to generate images of high quality for almost the entire body. The MRI Scan Cost ranges between INR 4800 and INR 7200.

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