Biocon chief unveils radiology training centre

March 19th, 2008 - 12:18 am ICT by admin  

Bangalore, March 18 (IANS) Biotechnology firm Biocon’s chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw late Tuesday unveiled a radiology training centre at Teleradiology Solutions (TS) facility in India’s silicon hub. Purported to be first-of-its-kind in the country, the centre, christened Rad Gurukul, will train and refine skills of radiologists, technologists and those involved in healthcare IT.

Teleradiology services include interpretation of non-invasive imaging studies, namely CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine studies and digitised X-rays.

TS provides emergency reports within 30 minutes to locations across the globe.

“As prevalence of disease is rising alarmingly due to changes in lifestyle and diet the world over, especially in India, clinical trials radiology is imperative to prove the efficacy, safety and affordability of any new treatment,” Shaw said on the occasion.

“Rad Gurukul will be an ideal training for future radiologists and telemedicine experts,” he added.

As a premier provider of teleradiology services, the company attempts to bridge geographical distances to provide timely diagnosis. Being a niche area, there is an acute shortage of qualified radiologists in the country.

“Rad Gurukul has been set up to create a steady talent pool for making India a hub for teleradiology and telemedicine services,” TS chief executive officer Arjun Kalyanpur said.

As the first teleradiology facility in the Indian sub-continent, the four-year-old TS provides services to hospitals across the US, UAE and Singapore. It is accredited by the US joint commission of accreditation of healthcare organisations (JCAHO).

The company’s subsidiary, Telerad RxDx, is a multi-specialty acute care clinic and a centre for continuing medical education for doctors and patients.

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