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Clinical Imaging

One of the most comprehensive facilities for diagnostic and therapeutic imaging (including Nuclear Medicine), the Clinical Imaging unit at Aster Medcity is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including 3.0 Tesla Wide Bore MRI, 256 Slice Philips iCT scanner, PET CT with Time of Flight technology, SPECT, EPIQ, Image Guided Biopsies, Fluoroscopy facility, DEXA for bone density measurement, Digital Mammogram with Tomosynthesis and vacuum assisted biopsy, Flat Panel Bi Plane Vascular Hybrid Cathlab and Low Radiation Clarity Cath Lab.

The expert team of doctors here comprise Radiologists and Interventional Radiologists with extensive international training and clinical expertise. Multidisciplinary in approach, they provide protocol-based services/ treatment to patients with the help of technicians and other support staff.

Health condition speciality

  • Varicose veins, commonly affecting the legs and feet, are a prevalent condition characterized by swollen and twisted veins. In rural India, more than 30% of senior citizens suffer from varicose veins, posing a significant strain on healthcare resources. These veins often cause discomfort, pain, and aesthetic concerns for those affected. In severe cases, varicose veins can lead to complications such as skin ulcers or vein rupture, exacerbating the impact on an individual's health and overall well-being.

    Using Cyanoacrylate Glue Embolization (CAE) therapy to treat varicose veins is a relatively new development in vein care. Comparing this novel process to conventional treatment procedures, there are several clear advantages:

    1. **Minimally Invasive Procedure**: Compared to traditional surgery, CAE causes less stress to the body because it just requires little skin incisions or punctures. Patients find this feature especially appealing because it frequently results in shorter recovery times and reduced pain following surgery.

    2. **Local anesthetic**: CAE is carried out under local anesthetic, as opposed to conventional surgery, which can call for general anesthesia. This lessens the dangers of general anesthesia while enabling patients to stay conscious and awake during the entire process.

    3. **Painless Post-operative Period**: Patients usually have little pain during the healing phase after receiving CAE treatment. Compared to traditional surgical methods, which may cause greater agony during the healing phase, this is a major improvement.

    4. **No danger of Nerve harm**: When compared to conventional surgical techniques, CAE therapy reduces the danger of nerve harm. This is so that other tissues and nerves won't be needlessly injured during the operation, which specifically targets the afflicted veins.

    5. **Elimination of Postoperative Compression Stockings and Activity Restrictions**: CAE does away with the necessity for patients to wear compression stockings and limit their physical activity throughout the healing phase, in contrast to traditional treatments that frequently call for these measures. Following the surgery, patients can return to their regular activities rather quickly, which expedites their return to their daily routines.

    All things considered, the advent of CAE therapy is a noteworthy development in the treatment of varicose veins, providing patients with a more effective, efficient, and safe option. For those afflicted with this prevalent vascular ailment, CAE offers the potential to improve overall patient experience and improve outcomes by addressing the shortcomings of standard surgical procedures.
     

  • Renal stones, affecting approximately 10% of the global population, pose significant health risks and challenges worldwide. These crystallized deposits within the kidneys not only cause renal damage but also induce excruciating symptoms such as colic pain, fever, haematuria, and potentially life-threatening complications like sepsis. Hence, prompt diagnosis and intervention are crucial imperatives in mitigating the adverse effects of renal stones.

    Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies:

    Effective management hinges upon accurate symptom identification and the judicious use of diagnostic modalities. Among these, computed tomography (CT) scans play a pivotal role in confirming diagnoses and devising appropriate treatment plans. The evolution of treatment methodologies has ushered in advanced approaches such as percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS), both offering minimally invasive alternatives to traditional interventions.

    Conclusion:

    In essence, the management of renal stones necessitates a multifaceted approach that integrates timely diagnosis, advanced treatment modalities, and patient education. By prioritizing these principles, healthcare providers can mitigate the burdens imposed by renal stones, empower patients to make informed decisions about their care, and ultimately enhance the quality of life for individuals grappling with this prevalent and often debilitating condition.

  • Cervical spondylosis, also known as cervical disc disease, is a prevalent condition characterized by the degeneration of the cervical spine's discs and vertebrae. This degenerative process can result in a range of symptoms, including neck pain, stiffness, and radiating pain or numbness in the arms, along with occasional weakness of the limbs.

    Treatment Options:

    The management of cervical spondylosis varies depending on the severity of symptoms and the individual's unique circumstances. Initially, conservative approaches are typically recommended, which may include:

    Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises and manual therapy techniques can help improve strength, flexibility, and posture, reducing pain and enhancing overall function.

    Pain Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and analgesics may be prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with cervical spondylosis.

    Lifestyle Modifications: Making adjustments to daily activities, ergonomic improvements, and practicing proper body mechanics can help minimize strain on the cervical spine and alleviate symptoms.

    Interventional Pain Management:

    In cases where conservative measures fail to provide sufficient relief, interventional pain management techniques may be recommended. These procedures, performed under local anesthesia as outpatient procedures, involve minimally invasive approaches to target specific areas of the spine affected by nerve compression or inflammation. Some common interventions include:

    Epidural Steroid Injections: Delivering anti-inflammatory medications directly into the epidural space can help reduce pain and inflammation around the affected nerves.

    Facet Joint Injections: By injecting a combination of anesthetic and steroid medications into the facet joints, pain relief and improved function can be achieved for patients with facet joint-related pain.

    Nerve Blocks: Blocking the transmission of pain signals along specific nerve pathways can provide temporary relief for individuals experiencing severe or persistent pain.

    Radiofrequency Ablation: This procedure involves using heat generated by radiofrequency energy to disrupt the function of targeted nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals, offering long-lasting pain relief for some patients.

    Advanced Surgical Options:

    In cases of severe or refractory cervical spondylosis, surgical intervention may be necessary to alleviate symptoms and restore spinal stability. Surgical options may include:

    Spinal Fusion: This procedure involves fusing two or more vertebrae together to stabilize the spine and reduce pressure on affected nerves.

    Disc Replacement: In selected cases, damaged cervical discs may be replaced with artificial implants to maintain spinal mobility while alleviating pain and dysfunction.

    Conclusion:

    Cervical spondylosis can significantly impact an individual's quality of life, but with timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, many patients can find relief from their symptoms and regain function. At Aster MIMS Kannur, we offer a comprehensive range of conservative and advanced treatment options, including interventional pain management techniques and state-of-the-art surgical procedures, to help individuals effectively manage cervical spondylosis and achieve optimal outcomes. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of cervical spondylosis, don't hesitate to reach out to our expert team for personalized care and guidance.

  • Lumbar spondylosis, also known as Lumbar Disc Disease or Disc Prolapse, is a degenerative condition that affects the lower spine, particularly the lumbar region. This condition is characterized by the wear and tear of spinal discs and facet joints, often resulting in a spectrum of symptoms including lower back pain, stiffness, numbness, reduced range of motion, weakness in the legs, and even urinary symptoms.

    Treatment Options:

    Treatment for lumbar spondylosis is tailored to the severity of the condition and the individual's specific needs. Initially, conservative approaches are typically recommended, including:

    • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises and manual therapy techniques can help improve strength, flexibility, and posture, thereby reducing pain and enhancing overall function. 

    Pain Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and analgesics may be prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with lumbar spondylosis.

    Lifestyle Modifications: Incorporating regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing proper body mechanics can help minimize strain on the lumbar spine and alleviate symptoms.

    Surgical Intervention:

    In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, or if there are neurological complications such as nerve compression, surgical interventions may be necessary. One advanced surgical technique for lumbar spondylosis is Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD). This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a thin tube with a camera and surgical tools through a small incision. PELD offers several advantages, including reduced tissue damage, faster recovery times, lower risk of infection, and less post-operative pain compared to traditional open surgery.

    Minimally Invasive Pain Management:

    In addition to surgical options, minimally invasive pain and spine interventions can play a crucial role in managing symptoms associated with lumbar spondylosis. Procedures such as epidural steroid injections, nerve root blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation target specific pain pathways or nerves, providing effective pain relief and improving overall function for individuals with lumbar spondylosis.

    Conclusion:

    Navigating lumbar spondylosis requires a comprehensive approach that considers the individual's symptoms, severity of the condition, and treatment goals. By incorporating conservative treatments, advanced surgical techniques, and minimally invasive pain management procedures, healthcare providers can effectively manage symptoms and improve quality of life for patients with lumbar spondylosis. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of lumbar spondylosis, consult with a healthcare professional for personalized evaluation and treatment options.

  • Lumbar spondylosis, also known as Lumbar Disc Disease or Disc Prolapse, is a degenerative condition that affects the lower spine, particularly the lumbar region. This condition is characterized by the wear and tear of spinal discs and facet joints, often resulting in a spectrum of symptoms including lower back pain, stiffness, numbness, reduced range of motion, weakness in the legs, and even urinary symptoms.

    Treatment Options:

    Treatment for lumbar spondylosis is tailored to the severity of the condition and the individual's specific needs. Initially, conservative approaches are typically recommended, including:

    • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises and manual therapy techniques can help improve strength, flexibility, and posture, thereby reducing pain and enhancing overall function. 

    Pain Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and analgesics may be prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with lumbar spondylosis.

    Lifestyle Modifications: Incorporating regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing proper body mechanics can help minimize strain on the lumbar spine and alleviate symptoms.

    Surgical Intervention:

    In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, or if there are neurological complications such as nerve compression, surgical interventions may be necessary. One advanced surgical technique for lumbar spondylosis is Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD). This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a thin tube with a camera and surgical tools through a small incision. PELD offers several advantages, including reduced tissue damage, faster recovery times, lower risk of infection, and less post-operative pain compared to traditional open surgery.

    Minimally Invasive Pain Management:

    In addition to surgical options, minimally invasive pain and spine interventions can play a crucial role in managing symptoms associated with lumbar spondylosis. Procedures such as epidural steroid injections, nerve root blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation target specific pain pathways or nerves, providing effective pain relief and improving overall function for individuals with lumbar spondylosis.

    Conclusion:

    Navigating lumbar spondylosis requires a comprehensive approach that considers the individual's symptoms, severity of the condition, and treatment goals. By incorporating conservative treatments, advanced surgical techniques, and minimally invasive pain management procedures, healthcare providers can effectively manage symptoms and improve quality of life for patients with lumbar spondylosis. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of lumbar spondylosis, consult with a healthcare professional for personalized evaluation and treatment options.

Advanced Technology & Facilities

Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Digital Mammo Tomosynthesis

An advanced Digital Mammography system, it provides high-resolution 3D image results using X-rays for quick detection of even the tiniest calcified lesion that’s in the precancerous stage. The X-ray tubes move in an arc, capturing 11 images in 7 seconds and these images are assembled in the computer to create highly focused 3D image throughout the breast, facilitating easier diagnosis.

Dexa

The Dexa, utilizing x-ray beams of two different energies, facilitates accurate measurement of bone density and strength with lowest dose of radiation possible, especially for preclinical detection of osteoporosis and preventing complications.

Digital X-ray

Renders high-resolution radiographs with superior time efficiency. As no repetition and digital enhancement are required, rapid transfer of images for immediate investigation by Physician is made possible through integration with PACS.

Nuclear medicine with PET CT & Gamma Camera

Time of Flight PET CT Accurate and early lesion detection of functional abnormalities and low FDG doses using Time of Flight technology

Lowest Radiation Dose Cath Lab Facility

This Catheterisation Lab (Cath Lab), with the help of Allura Clarity system, reduces radiation doses by 70%, offering significant benefit to the patient as well as staff. Used for Interventional Cardiology and Neurology, the low radiation facilitates repeated investigation if necessary and is also safe for children.

Flat panel Bi-plane Hybrid Cath Lab

The Biplane Hybrid Cath Lab Unit, which works in a sterile operation theatre environment, combines the traditional diagnostic functions of a Cath lab with surgical functions of an operating room. Designed to undertake complex Neuro vascular and peripheral vascular procedures and Hybrid surgical/ endovascular procedures, the Cathlabs here are the first to have the option of ‘Clarity’, an ingenious system that reduces the radiation dose by upto 70%, which is of significant benefit to the patients. The functions of the unit include: Biplane Cath Lab Bi Plane Cath Labs are capable of capturing 3D images in real time, and come with added components like 3D road mapping and post processing to help neurovascular procedures. It can perform interventional procedures in lesser time with lesser usage of contrast, in comparison to single plane. Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) A type of Fluoroscopy technique used in interventional radiology to clearly visualise blood vessels in a bony or dense soft tissue environment, images are generated using contrast medium by subtracting a ‘pre-contrast image’. Very helpful in diagnosing Neurological problems, the advantage of DSA is that the interference of bony structures can be eliminated.

3D Rotational Angiography - 3D rotational angiography provides an image of a particular vessel or chamber while the camera rotates around the patient in a predefined arc, enabling viewing of the structure from multiple angles with a single injection of contrast medium, thereby saving the contrast load and its side effects. A faster procedure compared to conventional Angiography, it is beneficial for patients for whom dye load needs to be restricted and those who require abnormal kidney function test. CT Like images With the soft tissue imaging feature that provides enables CT like images, the patient need not to be sent for a CT examination separately. This is a great advantage for neurovascular cases where the mobility of the patient is restricted and timelines are crucial. Interventionist can access CT-like imaging right on the angio system and inturn the soft tissue, bone and other brain structures before, during, or after an interventional procedure. 3D soft tissue imaging supports diagnosis, planning, interventions and treatment follow-up. Hybrid Cath Lab In a hybrid application, the Cath lab doubles as an operating room so that a patient undergoing a cardiac cath procedure can have a surgery if required. Enabling the Doctor to address the patient needs quickly, eliminating the need to schedule an additional surgical procedure. As the hybrid cath lab can turn to any angle as required by the interventionist, and can be placed in the corner of the OT when not in use.

EPIQ

Most sophisticated Colour Doppler Systems with Liver Elastography, fusion and navigation for accurate Biopsy, Electronic 4D Imaging with lightweight probes for Cardiac, Radiology and Obstetric Studies. Also provides superior 4D images of the foetus. Department has many state-of-the-art Ultrasound Scanners available for 4D imaging, non-invasive monitoring of liver parenchymal disease with ARFI (Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse) imaging, with sophisticated image fusion capability to aid accurate guided procedures.

Image Fusion for Guided Biopsies

Ultrasound Machines with multi modality image fusion (like CT and MRI) capability and accurate needle tracking.

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