Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has called upon Radiologists to provide radiological services to the common man at affordable costs. Observing that the cost of diagnostic imaging services such as MRI, CT Scan, PET scan continues to remain high despite technological advancements in the field, he felt that there should be voluntary effort from Radiologist Associations to provide radiological services to the people at affordable prices.
Regretting that female feticide continues to be practiced in some parts of the country despite the enactment of the PCPNDT Act, the Governor called for collective efforts from radiologists and society to change the mindset of people towards the girl child.
The Governor was speaking at the inauguration of the 17th Asian-Oceanian Congress of Radiology at Hotel Renaissance, Powai in Mumbai on Thursday (25th Jan). More than 1000 radiologists from different Asian countries are attending the Conference.
The Governor noted that modern inventions in radiology have helped to save millions of lives across the world and improved the quality of life of several million others. He said Radiologists can play the most important role in detecting and preventing cancer and other life – threatening diseases relating to heart, kidney, intestine and other organs through early diagnosis and minimum invasive procedures.
Noting that India has only 1 Radiologist per 1 lakh population, he called upon the association of Radiologists to offer Tele-Radiology support to hospitals in rural areas. He also stressed the need for skill updation and continuing medical education for radiologists.
Former Minister and MLA Nasim Khan, newly elected President of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association Dr K Mohanan, Outgoing President Dr Bhupendra Ahuja, President of Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology Dr Y H Chou and eminent radiologists were present.