Friday, 13 July 2012

Nagpur Dental college gets latest tomography machine

NAGPUR: Dental patients can now expect much better results and more complex dental surgeries, dental implant procedures and diagnosis of jaw bone diseases at the Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH). The college has procured a state of the art 3-D 'Cone Beam Computerized Tomography' ( CBCT) machine at a cost of Rs80 lakh. Funded by the District Development and Planning Committee (DPDC), the machine can be used for both, treatment and diagnostic, purposes.

This is the second such machine in Maharashtra in the government set up. The first was formally inaugurated at the Mumbai GDCH on Wednesday by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar. However, the machine at Nagpur GDCH will become functional only by mid-August as construction work of the special room as per the standards of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is still not complete.

"The machine has reached the college. But it will be possible to install it only by first or second week of August, when construction work is completed and equipment can be installed. Once the machine is functional it will be a big tool to improve quality of surgeries, implant procedures, alignment of teeth and diagnosis of bone related diseases in the jaws," said GDCH dean Dr Vinay Hazarey. He also pointed out that the new scan will give an impetus to research in the college, as it will help them study difficult cases and develop better methods to deal with various diseases related to teeth.

All praise for the DPDC, the dean said the equipment will go a long way in providing better services to dental patients. The machine's 3-D image of the portion being scanned will enable surgeons to give more satisfaction and quality treatment to the patient.

Head of oral medicine and radiology, associate professor Dr Subhash Kumbhare, sees the new imagining machine as a shot in the arm for the institute, as it will help handle more patients due to faster diagnosis. "It will make diagnosis and treatment more precise and accurate. The radiation beam used in the process is so focused and directed that it minimizes exposure to radiation. It also helps surgeons keep track of the nerve roots in the teeth," he said. It also protects technicians and relatives from the radiation, since the beam can be directly focused on just one tooth.

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