Meerut: Patients can now get free CT scan tests at Meerut PL Sharma District Hospital. Earlier, they had to pay around Rs 500. The district hospital has also acquired a state-of-the-art CT scan machine worth Rs 2 crore and the free test started from Monday.
The 16 slice CT scan machine was inaugurated under a public private partnership (PPP) model – which will reduce the time taken to conduct CT scan procedure to less than half from two minutes to 45 seconds.
A full body CT scan usually costs Rs 9,000. Notably, the hospital had a one slice CT scan machine, and was receiving complaints of running out of order. So, patients had to often face delay in medical investigation.
“We had a single slice CT scan machine earlier which had more radiation exposure time as it took longer to get a scan done. However, with the 16 slice machine being installed now, the radiation exposure time will be reduced to less than half in comparison with what it took earlier,” said Dr PK Bansal, superintendent in chief, PL Sharma district hospital.
With the new facility in place, emergency cases will be able to get a report within two hours and routine cases can get it in six hours, said Murali Dhar, project director, CT scan service for UP, Star Imaging and Path Lab – the private player in the PPP mode.
The facility is now available under the PPP model in six more districts of UP, which include Agra, Badaun, Baghpat, Bijnor, Rampur and Hapur. With the new machine in place, at least 150 CT scans will be possible in a day.
“We have five employees working here and the facility will be provided free of cost to anybody requiring a CT scan after a doctor’s recommendation. At private hospitals, it is very expensive. For instance, a CT scan procedure of the head costs Rs 2,200 and a full body scan costs at least Rs 9,000. However, the facility will be available for free here,” added Dhar.