The Bombay high court on Monday allowed three cardiologists and an anaesthetic to carry their handheld portable ultrasound sonography (USG) machines for use out of the centres where they are registered, which is prohibited under Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Tests (PCPNDT) Rules 2012.
The division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Niteen Jamdar allowed them to take the machines out of centres, provided they will get the machines fitted with ‘silent observer’, which keeps track of every sonography done.
Cardiologists Dr Rajendra Goyal, Dr Shalima Gautam and Dr Anil Potdar, attached to Bombay Hospital, and anaesthetic Dr Vrushali Ponde, attached to Holy Family Hospital, approached the court after a civic medical officer declined permission to Dr Goyal to move his handheld USG machine out of Surya Children’s Hospital at Santacruz. They eventually challenged the communication.
Pointing out that none of the petitioners is a gynaecologist and therefore there was no reason to suspect they might misuse the machine to conduct sonography on pregnant women, their counsel JP Cama submitted that the cardiologists require the machine to conduct echocardiograms of heart patients in emergency.