The next generation 4D Echo machine, brought from the Netherlands, begins its operation at KIMS

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, former CM Jagadish Shettar and others having a look at the newly installed 4D echo machine at the KIMS in Hubballi on Tuesday

Hubballi: The Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) hospital has become the first government medical college in north Karnataka to have a 4D echocardiogram machine and the second, after the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, in the state. The new machine, which was brought from the Netherlands, began working on Tuesday.

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi inaugurated the machine. Minister Shankar Patil Munenakoppa and former CM Jagadish Shettar were present.

Dr. Narendra Hiregoudar, head of the cardiology department, explained the machine’s speciality to the ministers, stating that KIMS is the only government-run medical college in the region with this machine, which would aid in accurate diagnosis. The machine provides accurate diagnostic images and gives a clear picture of the internal organ. It can be used to detect abnormalities in the heart, he said.

Dr. Hiregoudar stated that the portable machine could be used in the operating room while operating on the patient, which would help the surgeon understand the abnormality better and aid in accurately fixing the problem.

The cardiology department’s state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab was also opened by Union Minister Joshi. Dr. Hiregoudar explained the features of the new lab, saying that it is equipped with the latest version of Philips’ innovative image-guided therapy platform.

This is the hospital’s second cath lab, and it will serve to cater to the city’s growing number of patients with heart-related illnesses. This centre will help with heart-related operations such as angiography, angioplasty, intravascular ultrasonography, and other structural heart disorders; pacemakers, and many more. The facility will also help doctors work more confidently and minimise issues by providing them with an image-guided view of the patient’s heart.

KIMS Director Dr Ramalingappa Antartani, Medical Superintendent Dr Arun Kumar C, deputy medical superintendent Dr Rajashekhar Dyaberi, Dr Laxmikant, Dr Ishwar Hosamani, Dr Rajeshkhar Hiremath, Dr Sanu Nagaraj, Dr Siddeshwar Katkol, and others were present.

The 4D Echo machine was funded under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana and the Cath Lab was built using funds from KIMS.

Minister Prahad Joshi, Shankar Patil Munenakoppa, Jagdish Shettar having a look at the Cath Lab machine in KIMS on Tuesday

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