HOSMAT is well equipped with state of the art Diagnostic Facilities operating round the clock.
CT guided FNAC (Fine Needle Biopsy)
Ultrasonography and Colour Doppler
Ultrasound guided FNAC
X-ray with image intensifier /TV monitor
Bone Densitometry (For diagnosis of osteoporosis)
KT 1000 (Knee Arthrometer) for detecting ligament instability of the knee for outpatients
Treadmill test (Stress Test)
Lung Function Test
Blood sample collection facility
Drug Level Assay
ENMG (Electro Neuro Myography) for muscle and neuro electrical activity
EEG (Electro Encephalogram) for electrical activity of the brain)
The First and Only Hospital to have a Non-Claustrophobic MRI System in Bangalore :
The first and only hospital in Bangalore to have a patient friendly, non-claustrophobic, open gantry Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system and lowest scanning cost.
The highly specialized MRI system is state-of-the-art, and a generation ahead, when compared to others, with the latest software currently used in the US. The most patient friendly MRI system in the world – GE make, SIGNA Profile 4.
Parent/Attendant can be present when needed.
In order to facilitate a smoother and comfortable diagnosis for patients, our new MRI offers certain special facilities, in the following areas :
MRI of the Brain
(For tumours, strokes, injuries, and circulation)
Routine brain : SE, T1, T2, PD, IR, STIR, FLAIR, SGPR, GRE SSFSE, SSFP, FSE, pulse sequences.
Special brain : EPI, Stroke study, Diffusion study.
Cranial nerve study.
Brain epilepsy study including Hippocampal Volumetry.
MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography)
Brain Vascular studies : COW, AVM and Aneurysm.
Venous studies of the brain.
Peripheral Vascular studies.
MRI of the Spine
(For slipped and herniated disc, pinched nerves, spinal cord studies, tumours, and other injuries)
Spinal Cord / MR Myelography.
MRI of Extremities
Brachial Plexus (nerves from neck to arm).
Foot and Ankle.
MRI of Dynamic Cardiac Study
MRI of Abdomen
Female and Male Pelvis.
Magnetic Resonance Cholangio Pancreatography (MRCP).
Other abdominal organs.
Soft Tissue Tumours.
Neck, Oropharynx, Nasopharynx, and Thyroid.
Kinematic Study of the Joints (Movement Study)
What is MRI ?
MRI means Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI relies upon radiofrequency emissions from atoms and molecules in tissues exposed to a static magnetic field. The images produced by these signals are similar to those of CT scans, but with even better contrast resolution. There is no radiation, and more refined differentiation of tissues. Moreover, the sectional images can be obtained in almost any plane, and can be reconstituted to give a three-dimensional picture.
Why is it necessary ?
MRI enables the radiologist, to view slices of the body cut in different planes. This increases the diagnostic ability and the images are very clear.
How is it done?
The patient is made to lie down on a table. This table then passes through a machine. The patient can hear the voice of the radiologist or technician and can respond. While the patient lies on the table, pictures of the body are taken from different angles. These pictures can be seen on a computer screen. The whole procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
During the procedure the patient may be given an injection of a substance called contrast medium. The patient's attenders / relatives can be present in the room, during this investigation, if necessary.
Why is the injection needed?
The injection ( contrast medium) helps to show up the part of the body under examination, with clarity. This injection enables the radiologist to make a more precise diagnosis. It is used only occasionally for the brain.
What should patients tell the doctor?
Patients should inform the radiologist whether they have any ailments such as, asthma, heart or kidney disorders. The patients must also volunteer information on allergies, or any previous reactions to contrast media. It is important for the radiologist to have this information, so that he can choose a contrast medium, that is suitable to the patient.
What precautions should the patients take?
Patients must remove all metallic objects such as, rings, watches, coins, credit cards, etc. They should also inform the doctor/MRI technician about any metallic implants, such as, heart valve replacement, pacemaker, etc.
What are the differences between Open and Closed MRI Scanners?
The terms "Closed" and "Open" refer to the geometry of the magnets used in MRI scanners.
Closed MRI Scanner
The closed magnet configuration refers to a tube-like tunnel which used to be the original shape of most MRI scanners.
In this closed system, the entire patient's body is inside a tunnel-like gantry, so some patients felt uncomfortable in this closed space. This feeling is called claustrophopia. Such claustrophobic patients cannot undergo scanning in closed magnet. Also, the external sound is more in a closed type.
Open MRI Scanner
In an open system, patients body is outside the gantry, so the patient's face is not covered and the patient can see the surroundings. Also, there is very little external sound.
Although most MRI scans, can be performed in either a closed or an open magnet, there are some advantages in the open system:
Claustrophobic patients often prefer an open MRI environment.
Certain large patients can fit only in open MRI scanners.
Open configurations also can provide motion studies of the joints. This is not possible in closed configurations.
Pictures are very clear in this system and there is minimum sound.