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‘Only one interventional radiologist per 2.18 lakh population in India’  

There were 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.

lucknow Updated: Feb 13, 2018 14:11 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
SGPGIMS,Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh
Image guidance and minimally invasive techniques minimize risk to the patient. (Representative image)

There were 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).

Highlights
  • In the whole of India, there are only 596 registered specialists of interventional radiology.
  • SGPGI has 5 interventional radiologist specialists.
  • More than 300 delegates, including 30 international faculties, are attending the three-day annual conference.

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 PGI had five specialists in interventional radiology department doing research and treating patients for complex diseases. That was the reason Lucknow emerged as a bigger centre for diagnosis of complex diseases through radiological techniques.

In the conference, more than 300 delegates and around 30 international faculties will interact with new specialists and share their researches.

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.

Image guidance and minimally invasive techniques minimize risk to the patient.

Most IR treatments were minimally invasive alternatives to open and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. As many IR procedures started with passing a needle through the skin to the target, the technique was sometimes called pinhole surgery, said Dr Shiv Kumar.

“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’. Thirty international faculties and around 80 national faculties of repute will deliver lectures and share their case studies and practical experiences during the various sessions and panel discussions.”

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 14:05 IST