North Bengal Medical College and Hospital
Siliguri, Oct. 25: North Bengal Medical College and Hospital has been allotted a digital X-ray machine worth around Rs 3 crore that can generate images in a higher resolution and in a short span of time.
Officials said a notification from the West Bengal Medical Service Corporation was received today and it stated that the machine would be run in a public private partnership model with a Burdwan-based medical agency.
“The WBMSC is an agency under the state health department that procures drugs and medical equipment for different hospitals and medical colleges across the state. We received an intimation from the agency today saying a digital X-ray machine worth around Rs 3 crore had been allotted to NBMCH and a Burdwan-based medical agency has been chosen for operating it,” said Anup Kumar Roy, the NBMCH principal.
“We will provide space to install the machine and the private agency would provide technicians to operate it. We will receive the machines probably by next month,” he said.
Roy added that the images of the digital machine would be of very high quality and the time required to conduct tests would be less compared to conventional X-ray machines.
“The images would be of high resolution, good quality and the machine would capture even minute details. Images of the conventional machines are of low resolution and they are not able to record minuscule details. Those machines use photographic films and a lot of time is required in processing the film. In digital machines, the images are recorded and processed instantly. So it is time efficient,” Roy said.
“With the new machine, we would be able to conduct three times the number of X-rays compared to what is done now,” he added.
The hospital has one X-ray machine now.
“We conduct more than 50 X-rays everyday here. With the digital machine, we would be able to carry out around 150 tests daily,” Roy said.
This is the second venture in the PPP model at the NBMCH after an MRI machine was set up along with AMRI in January 2011. “The set up has been functioning quite well for nearly three years now. We are confident that the digital X-ray machine set up in the PPP model would be successful too. The charges are yet to be fixed but it would be affordable for all patients who visit NBMCH,” Roy said.