Following is the text of the President, Dr. AP.J. Abdul Kalam’s Address at the
Inauguration of the Tele-Radiology set up
of Kakarla Subba Rao Radiological and Imaging Educational Sciences
A New Dimension to Medicare
Outreach vital for rural Transformation"
“I am delighted to participate in the inauguration of the
Tele-radiology set up of Kakarla Subba Rao Radiological and Imaging Educational
Sciences Trust (KREST). I am happy that KREST has been founded with the aim of
promoting radiological and imaging education, providing tele-radiological
consultation, rendering free services to the poor patients and publishing
articles and books in advanced radiology. I am sure tele-radiology will become
an important tool for outreach to rural citizens. I extend my greetings to the
organizers, radiologists, doctors, medical educators, medical technologists,
para-medical personnel, students and distinguished guests. I would like to
discuss on the topic “Tele-Radiology: A New Dimension to Medicare”.
I am delighted to see Prof. Kakarla Subbarao, a pioneer in
radiology, who is known to me for over two decades. The more I understand his
life, the more I am inspired. He brought tertiary health care to India. Part of
his own house has been transformed into a school. Now he has given the other
part of the house for KREST. Recently in the Republic Day address, the topic of
my talk was “what I can give to the nation?” Here, in front of me I see Prof
Kakarla Subbarao - giving medical care (life time), giving for medical research
and giving resources and time for education. Prof. Kakarla Subbarao is indeed
an embodiment of giving.
Tele-radiology as I understand is a means of electronically
transmitting radiographic images of the patient and consultative text from one
location to another through digital, computer-assisted transmission. Within a
large hospital, tele-radiology can be used to send images from one department
to another, particularly for emergency treatment of patients in intensive care
units. Acquisition of data in DICOM Compatible form is emerging as an essential
requirement for tele-radiology.
While most tele-radiology systems installed in the country,
over the last decade were intended for on-call purposes, the past two years
have seen a rapid increase in the use of tele-radiology to link hospitals and
affiliated satellite facilities, other primary hospitals, and imaging centers.
This has been possible due to the maturing of a number of enabling technologies
such as high-speed telecommunications networks, improved data compression
techniques, quality standards and reduction in cost.
Reach the unreached
The nation at present has only less than 6000 radiologists.
The introduction of tele-radiology will not only enable efficient utilization
of this scarce expertise but also enable training and continuing education of
radiologists throughout the country. This can significantly improve access to
imaging experts for needy patients living in remote or rural areas and also
enable world-wide consultation of complex medical conditions.
Radiology Equipment Technology
The inherent benefit of digital imaging as a diagnostic tool
and the tele-radiology should be taken as an opportunity for reaching the
unreached in a cost effective manner. This would need Indian medical equipment
industry to gear up for designing and manufacturing DICOM Compatible X-ray and
other imaging equipment which can be optimally used in conjunction with
tele-radiology. With the population of one billion, the number of equipment
needed will be so large, the cost must come down drastically. Simultaneously,
while we consider the saving due to the consumable in films and other forms the
life time cost will become affordable to the common man. The radiologists
assembled here, consistent with the increased use of tele-radiology in the
coming years, may like to plan training of specialists in new-technology,
training of para-medical personnel and introduction of tele-radiology as an
important element of quality healthcare service. Tele-radiology may also be
very effective for providing health care in emergencies for huge floating
population engaged in business and tourism.
In conclusion, tele-radiology opens up new opportunities for
providing quality health care to the people in the remotest areas and development
of skill in the country. It will also give a great boost to manufacture of
indigenous DICOM compatible equipment. The availability of tele-radiology in
hospitals enables easy data storage and retrieval of patients’ history and use
of this history as valuable diagnostic tool to deal with the current medical
With these words, I inaugurate the tele-radiology set up of
KREST. My best wishes to all the members of KREST in this new venture and in
their mission of providing cost effective diagnostics to the needy.
May God bless you.”
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