The rapid strides in technology have had an impact in all departments in the hospital, with the single biggest beneficiary being the Department of Radiology. Detection being a key function of this department, technological upgradation is of vital importance. The Department of Radiology and Imaging of PSG Hospitals was set up in 1993 by Dr M.K. Sarojini. It then had just a 300 mA X-ray unit. As PSG Hospitals celebrates its silver jubilee, the department can now boast of a slew of state-of-the-art equipment, which is a must for any functional area that involves diagnostics. The department went on an aggressive modernisation drive equipping itself with ultramodern diagnostic facilities, state-ofthe- art equipment and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
The PACS enables storage of digital images of patients screened in the hospital in an electronic format. Medical equipment from various departments are linked with PACS in the hospital, which facilitates centralised handling and routing of images. This has significantly boosted the speed and quality of patient care by providing instant access to diagnostic information at multiple locations simultaneously. PACS has revolutionised patient care and diagnostics as key image information like X-rays, ultrasound scans, angiograms, lap surgeries, endoscopies and even text information like investigation reports done on different dates and notes written by doctors are automatically organised by date in the same electronic patient file. The department has also extended its services to the peripheral hospitals and master health check-up facility