Our Mission

 

Our Mission

           It is an indisputable fact that radio diagnosis is the axis around which modern medicine revolves. Efficient patient care requires fast, accurate disease diagnosis. Ever since the serendipitous discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad roentgen in 1895, radiological imaging has been the single most important factor influencing patient management. The speed with which imaging techniques evolve is mind boggling. It is a matter of great pride, that the first X-ray unit in the country was installed at the government general hospital in Chennai in the year 1900.  The city however, had lagged behind in keeping pace with the giant strides that modern imaging was taking, upto the early part of the last decade.

           The arrival of  Bharat scans with its motto “service through innovative technology” radically changed the scenario. Thanks to the vision of its managing director Dr. R. Emmanuel, the city now boasts of the most advanced imaging systems on the planet.

           Bharat scans had its humble beginnings with an Ultrasound unit at its Ashoknagar centre, established in 1995. This was soon replaced with an Ultrasound – Color Doppler unit in 1996. This unit continues to remain a benchmark that newly emerging ultrasound centers strive to achieve. Its overwhelming popularity has resulted in the centre being upgraded to a multimodality establishment. A brand new computed radiography (CR) system, 4D Ultrasound unit, treadmill and ECG and an advanced fully automated clinical labarotory will commence functioning from the 8th of june this year.

            The early computed Tomography (CT) scanners that were in use upto the last decade were of the axial type.  Imaging times were very long and scanning the sick patients and children were often problematic. Images suffered from motion artefacts, compromising diagnosis accuracy. The introduction of the spiral or helical CT scanner was regarded the first great revolution in  CT technology. Spiral CT scanners could acquire a single image in one second as compared to the several minutes that were required  on the older axial scanners. The first spiral scanner in the state of Tamilnadu was installed at the Guindy branch of Bharat scans in 1998. A state of the art ultrasound/ Doppler unit was also added

            The beginning of the new millennium witnessed the inauguration of a 0.5 T magnetic resonance imaging system in Royapettah. This whole body MR system with a superconducting magnet has a wide range of capabilities and the images generated by it are at par with the best in the country. The high incidence of breast cancer prompted the installation of a high resolution Dual track Mammography equipped with Data Flash technology at Royapettah. Concern about the widespread occurrence of osteoporosis and its devastating sequelae resulted in the acquisition of DEXA, an advanced bone desitometry and whole body fat assessment unit thay was again the first of its kind in the state.

          The second great revolution in the field of Tomography was the multislice CT scanner. This machine is capable of acquiring four images of the body in half a second (as apposed to a single image in more than 60 seconds with axial scanners and one image per second with a single splice spiral CT scanner). This amazing speed permits the scanning of the entire body in less then 60 seconds.  Accident victims, the very sick and children, in whom motion artefacts are a problem, can be scanned with astonishing rapidity. The resolution of a multislice CT image is unmatched. Advancede 3D applications such as angiography, Virtual Endoscopy , Cardiac Imaging, etc are routinely possible on this scanner. It is not therefore, surprising that Asia’s first Multislice unit was installed, by Bharat scans, at a new centre Royapettah in 2001. The quality of its studies remains, to this day unsurpassed in the country.

           Keeping with its trend of being the pioneers in this field  of medical imaging, centre in the country to receive ISO 9002 accredition which has been possible because of the dedicated service and commitment of its expert staff putting the latest cutting edge technology to its optimum use.

           An attractive new ultrasound technique, called 4D imaging which enables the radiologist to show expectant mothers their babies in utero in real time in three dimensions, was also introduced at the royapettah center for the first time in asia in 2002. The unique imaging capabilities of this diagnostic modality allows monitoring of normal pregnancies and also diagnosing abnormalities if any with greater accuracy.

Our Mission