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East or west, ultrasound is the best

PROBLEMS OF liver, bones and muscles can have a cheaper diagnosis through ultrasound. Even rheumatoid arthritis has an answer from ultrasound.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 00:22 IST

PROBLEMS OF liver, bones and muscles can have a cheaper diagnosis through ultrasound.

Even rheumatoid arthritis has an answer from ultrasound.

At the three-day 15th National Conference of Indian Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (IFUMB) experts from all corners of the world and India shared their views on the use of ultrasound, in place of CT Scan or other expensive methods.

Dr David Cosgrove, from Imperial College (London) spoke on the utility of ultrasound in cirrhosis of liver. He said the abnormality makes the liver to get enlarged and accumulate excess water, which cannot be detected from external view.

“The patient eats well but loses weight and due to fibrosis there is congestion in the veins, thereby reducing the blood flow. The condition if further exaggerates compels the liver to squeeze and internal bleeding starts to make the patient suffer blood loss,” said Dr Cosgrove.

He said ultrasound was sufficient to get the picture of liver in such conditions and the image was clear and cheap than the CT Scan image.

Dr SA Gilani from Afro Asian Institute of Lahore (Pakistan) gave his lecture on the use of ultrasound in diagnosis of muscle and joint pain, specially shoulder and knee.

He said there was no need for the expensive Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) in diagnosis of muscle problem. “Due to advance technique, this is possible through Ultrasound only,” he said.

DR Bhupendra Ahuja from Agra gave details about the use of ultrasound in treatment of the eyes.

“The first day’s focus was also upon volume imaging of tumor. This technique is mostly used in treating of breast cancer through surgery as the images can tell the location and size of the tumor,” said the organizing secretary, Dr PK Srivastava.