An open MRI Machine which does not cause Claustrophobia was recently installed at PGI. Majority of the MRI machines have narrow long tunnels, and around 10-15% patients feel claustrophobia during the scan and refuse to get the MRI done.

The new machine installed at PGI has an open Bore Design, and does not cause Claustrophobia feeling. Another big advantage of this machine is that it can image patients in standing position and can better show the weight bearing effects on the spine, or the various joints like Hips, Knees, Ankles etc., stated Prof M S Sandhu, Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis at PGIMER, Chandigarh.

This is particularly helpful in pathologies, which manifest in the standing position and are silent when the patient is lying down, like in spinal instability and discal herniation. Similarly trauma patients who are not able to lie down may benefit from this open MRI machine, which can be performed in both the standing or sitting position’s.

Another advantage of this machine is the better image resolution it provides in patients who have metallic implants which compromise the image quality. By use of its specialized artifact reduction software, the quality of the image can be enhanced significantly. Additionally, automated spinal measurements are possible by its Quantitative spine software, which increases the accuracy of diagnosing spinal and discalinstability, stated Prof Sandhu.

This machine is particularly useful for Musculoskeletal Radiology and Imaging of the spine. It also has a Brain coil which can be helpful to do screening of the Brain in Claustrophobia patients who cannot get Brain MRI done in the normal MRI Machines due to their Claustrophobia effect.


“It was a tough call, but a right one”

Chandigarh’s Harmek Singh’s Indomitable Spirit for Organ Donation saves two terminally ill patients at PGIMER

Chandigarh : 12th December : PGIMER once again became witness to indomitable spirit and exceptional courage of another brave heart donor family when they consented to donate the organs of their deceased dear one Rohit Kumar,29 years from Sector 56, Chandigarh.

“It was extremely tough to say ‘yes’ to Organ Donation. We were going back and forth on our decision but finally we felt that it was the right thing to do,” shared Harnek Singh, the grief-stricken but gritty father of deceased Rohit Kumar, after consenting for organ donation. “In fact, Organ Donation affirmed for us that saying ‘no’ would have been denying other people the chance for life and making their families undergo the same unbearable pain of losing their dear one which we are confronted with. Who would know more than us what it means. So we had to say ‘yes’ to Organ Donation,” reiterated Harnek Singh.

Kind hearted and gentle natured Rohit Kumar was admitted to GMCH Sector 32 following a freak accident on 4th December when his bike skidded leading to a sudden fall and thereby, a fatal head injury. On being referred to PGIMER, the family lost no time and shifted Rohit Kumar to PGIMER on 4th December itself in an extremely critical condition.

But as luck would have it, Rohit Kumar’s condition worsened in the following days and became irretrievable. Assessing this, PGIMER’s internal committee, after meeting twice, found the parameters matching brain death and eventually, Rohit Kumar was declared brain dead in the evening of 7th December.

In the meantime, transplant coordinators at the PGIMER apprised the deceased’s relatives of prospects of utilizing his organs through donation for transplant to terminally ill organ failure patients. With the deceased’s father consenting to the proposal of Organ Donation, the concerned departments started reaching out to the matching recipients to honour the family’s magnanimous decision. Finally, the cross match of several potential recipients led to the identification of best matching recipients for the two kidneys and the transplant of both the kidneys was accomplished on 8th December.

Briefing about the latest case of cadaver organ donation & transplantation, Prof. (Dr.) Ashish Sharma, Head, Deptt. of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGIMER said: “In this case, the donor was marginal with his kidneys not functioning well at the time of death but these kidneys mostly recover in recipients in about 3-4 weeks time. Over the last four days, the recipients have recovered from surgery and kidneys are getting well perfused and are expected to recover their function in due course of time.”

While paying rich tributes to the donor family, Prof. (Dr.) Ashok Kumar, Acting MS, PGIMER, said, “Every donor is unique and special as their mortal journey ends but they remain immortal in others. Rohit Kumar’s story shows the extraordinary difference a ‘yes’ by the donor family can make to the recipients and their families. I earnestly hope that the donor family’s courageous gesture inspires more people to say ‘yes’ to Organ Donation and help saving those dying, waiting for a transplant,”