LEH, Oct 17: A new diagnostic modality in the form of an MRI Centre, the first of such centre in entire Ladakh region, was formally inaugurated today by Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 14 Corps at 153 General Hospital.
153 General Hospital, a 210 bedded military hospital located in the heart of Leh city provides comprehensive multispecialty health care to all personnel of 14 Corps, personnel of Air Force, Central Armed Police Forces, Armed Forces veterans & their families and the underprivileged population of Ladakh region.
Speaking on the occasion, Gen Joshi said the MRI centre, which costs approx Rs 9 crore, will go a long way in early diagnosis and management of the soldiers suffering from HAA related illnesses and trauma cases. He said that such facility would ensure timely treatment to needy.
Responding to a query Executive Council for Health, Gyal P Wangyal, who was also present on the occasion, said that such facilities not only benefit the army but civilian patient can also avail these facilities on nominal fee.
Commandant, 153 General Hospital, Brig PC Awasthi, informed that the hospital is already equipped with many latest diagnostic modalities including CT scan but with inclusion of this latest MRI machine, early diagnosis of Neurological ailments prevalent in this High Altitude Area, such as cerebral venous thrombosis, cerebral vascular accident & high altitude cerebral edema will be possible.
“In addition, the MRI plays a pivotal role in timely & correct diagnosis and management of critical cases relating to brain, spine, gastro-intestinal, musculoskeletal system and poly-trauma cases”, he added.