Head of Department
Dr Jacob Varghese
Medical Officers: 2
Radiology unit (X-RAYS)
Radiology is a speciality that uses X-RAY imaging by specialized tevhnologist to assist in the diagnosis of patients, which contributes in the process of treating the patient. About 80% of patients are registered in the hospital require radiology services. It is a modern health care imaging facility in delivering specialized services of the international standard, which includes:
-166 Slice CT scan
The unit has been active since the hospital was established in 1896. To get access to the radiology services, one has to be referred by a qualified physician who is registered withHPCSA, from either within the KT hospital complex or referral government provincial and district hospitals. The department provides 24 hour coverage including weekends and pubic holidays for routine examinations that do not require appointments. After the ;patient has consulted with the doctor in out-patient clinics, casualties and/or wards and there is need X-rays based on clinical history, the patient is then referred to radiology by completion of the radiology request form.
General X-rays are all performed the same day,all specialized procedures are also performed the same day. Appointments are arranged to the requested exam and patients’ clinical history and conditions, hence most exams require special preparation, except for emergencies which can be performed same time according to clinical report. Radiology provides tertiary services, thus they are a specialized unit catering for all types of diagnosis (acute-Chroic as well as emergencies).Radiology unit has highly qualified, experience, competent, and skilled radiologist, radiographers, sonographers, professional and staff nurses assisting in special procedure and are dedicated to providing excellent patient care. It has 2 radiologits, 2 medical officers, 2 assistant directors, and 1 radioigrapher.
In the unit, they use machines such as:Digital and conventional X-Ray machines, MRI, CT scan, Mammogreaphy machine, Ultrasound machines, Computerised systems (CR), Fluoroscopy machines (fixed and portable).
The unit strives to ensure that safety and uptime of machines is at least 98% so as to provide accessible, effective and contentious service to referring doctors in assisting with patient diagnosis which is within acceptable time frames. This is achieved by ensuring that fully comprehensive preventative maintenance, service and repair plan of our machines is adhered to as per regulating body. Averagely the unit is assisting with diagnosis for about 95 520 patients per year.’
The success of the unit is resultant from team work, they value innovation, creativity, and leadership. They see themselves as a Centre for the development of new knowledge, new technologies, and new approached to patients care.Furthermore, they use modern information technology as a critical tool in these pursuits.
The unit will soon implement a speedy process in recruitment and efficient system for retention of staff procurement of digital X-ray machines in process to replaced old condemned unit in an effort to prepare for NHI.