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GDMC’s MRI machine becomes non functional

| | Dehradun | in Dehradun

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine of the associated hospital of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) has become non functional. The error prone machine of the biggest hospital of the State developed a snag on Tuesday due to which the no MRI scans are being done now. The hospital administration informed the company responsible for maintenance of the machine which sent its engineer on Wednesday. The in charge of the machine, Mahendra Bhandari said that capacitor of the machine has got damaged and according to the engineers it is needed to be replaced. It is learnt that the damaged part of the machine is not available in the country and is needed to be imported. It means that the machine could take at least a week to get repaired. In absence of the important radio diagnostic machine, the patients visiting the hospital are facing the problems. More than 30 MRIs are done by the machine in a day.

It is pertinent to mention here that the associated hospital of the GDMC is the only facility in Dehradun and nearby districts where facility of MRI is available in a government centre. Curiously enough, this important machine has a habit of getting broken down regularly. It developed snags three times in the last year. The manufacturer of the machine Phillips India limited which installed the machine also holds the maintenance contract of the machine. They had changed the entire magnet assembly of the error prone machine last year. The patients bear the maximum brunt of non functioning of this machine as the cost of an MRI in the hospital is only Rs 3,500 and the Below Poverty Line (BPL) patients do not have to pay anything for MRI here. The private centres charge about Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 for an MRI scan.




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