The Department of Clinical Imaging and Interventional Radiology at Aster Medcity is a world-class facility offering diagnostic imaging and Interventional services, including Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology. One of the first centres in India to have 3 Tesla MRI, 256 slice iCT scanner and a dedicated Bi-plane flat panel Angio Cath Lab, the Radiology Suite is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound scanners, Flouroscopy units and Nuclear medicine investigations like SPECT CT, PET CT. As a department that lends crucial support to all Specialities, the Radiology team compirising Consultants, Specialists and expert Technicians, follows an inter-disciplinary work approach to provide high-quality, patient-centric diagnostic and interventional services to patients.
Apart from diagnostic services, the department offers full-spectrum vascular and non-vascular interventional procedures including Angioplasty and stenting of blood vessels (Peripheral, Carotid, Renal, Visceral), Endovascular stent grafting of aneurysms (EVAR), Tumour Embolisations including Chemo Embolisations, Fibroid Embolisations, Radio frequency ablations and Interventional Neuroradiology services like management of brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and several other neurological conditions. It also has a fully integrated SPINE Pain Management program that includes nerve root and facet blocks and Vertebroplasties.
The department functions 24/7
CCT (Speciality Training Committee, GMT, UK) | M.Sc in Neuro Vascular Radiology (University of Paris and Bangkok University) | FRCR (Royal College of Radiology, UK) | PDCC in Neuro Vascular Radiology (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram) | MD in Radiology (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)|
Consultant in New Castle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust, UK for over 13 years
Performed thousands of diagnostic and interventional procedures
Treated hundreds of intracranial aneurysm cases through interventional minimal access methods like coiling and stenting
Trained in management of vascular abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord
More than 20 articles published in peer reviewed Journals
Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil
American Board of Radiology, ACGME Fellowships in Neuroradiology, Paediatric Radiology, Head and Neck/ENT Imaging and Paediatric Neuroradiology (Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, USA) | DNB in Radiology (National Board of Examinations) | MD in Radiology from (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) | MBBS (Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore)
3-steps US medical licensing exams for ACGME Fellowships at the Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, USA
General Radiologist, St. Johns Medical College Hospital, Bangalore
Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada
Fellowship in Vascular Interventional Radiology (Singapore General Hospital) | Fellowship in Angio-Interventional Imaging (University of Ottawa, Canada) | MD (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi) | MBBS
Worked as Consultant Radiologist in renowned multispeciality/ tertiary care hospitals in Chennai & Bangalore
Recipient of DR. Shyam Sharma Gold Medal for Excellence (AIIMS, New Delhi)
Published research articles
Proficient in Tamil, English, Hindi, Kannada
Short Fellowship in Joint imaging and MSK intervention (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, USA) | Fellowship from McMaster University (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Canada) | MD (KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore) | MBBS (Fr. Mullers’ Medical College, Mangalore)
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, Canada
Aster Medcity, Kochi, India
Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, India
Published research articles in peer reviews
Proficient in English & Malayalam
Post Doctoral Fellowship in Vascular Interventional Radiology and Cardiac Imaging (Sree Chitra Tirunal Insititute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram) | DNB in Radiology (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Ernakulam)
ADHOC Consultant, Department of Imaging Sciences and Interventional Radiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Insititute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
Department of Radiology, KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram
Department of Radiology, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur
Proficient in English, Malayalam and Hindi
DNB in Radiodiagnosis (Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Alappuzha)
Training in Fetal Medicine (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi)
Experience in stereotactic and prone table breast biopsy.
Training in Nuclear Medicine (Sree Chithra Institute of Medical Sciences)
Proficient in English, Malayalam and Hindi
DNB (Radiology) | MD Radiology (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MBBS (JIPMER,Pondicherry)
Proficient English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil
DNB in Radiology (National Board of Examinations, New Delhi) | MBBS (Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla)
Assistant Professor in Radiology, Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences
Worked at the Department of Clinical Imaging, Lakeshore hospital, Kochi
Proficient in Malayalam, English and Hindi
Aster Medcity is among the first in India to have 3 Tesla MRI- a fully digital system for MRI scanning that provides exceptional image quality and detail to facilitate accurate diagnosis in neuro, cardiac, musculoskeletal and body imaging. The system, which considerably increases the MR angiographic potential, has unique functional MRI capabilities.
This most advanced and fastest CT scanner that can cover large anatomic areas in split seconds, it supports advanced applications like CT Angiography, perfusion imaging, Cardiac Imaging and CT Coronary Angiography. The Department is also one of the first facilities in the country to have CT Fluoroscopy for accurate needle placement in CT guided procedures.
An advanced Digital Mammography system, it provides high-resolution 3D image results using X-rays for quick detection of even the tiniest calcified lesion that’s in the precancerous stage. The X-ray tubes move in an arc, capturing 11 images in 7 seconds and these images are assembled in the computer to create highly focused 3D image throughout the breast, facilitating easier diagnosis.
The Dexa, utilizing x-ray beams of two different energies, facilitates accurate measurement of bone density and strength with lowest dose of radiation possible, especially for preclinical detection of osteoporosis and preventing complications.
Renders high-resolution radiographs with superior time efficiency. As no repetition and digital enhancement are required, rapid transfer of images for immediate investigation by Physician is made possible through integration with PACS.
This Catheterisation Lab (Cath Lab), with the help of Allura Clarity system, reduces radiation doses by 70%, offering significant benefit to the patient as well as staff. Used for Interventional Cardiology and Neurology, the low radiation facilitates repeated investigation if necessary and is also safe for children.
The Biplane Hybrid Cath Lab Unit, which works in a sterile operation theatre environment, combines the traditional diagnostic functions of a Cath lab with surgical functions of an operating room. Designed to undertake complex Neuro vascular and peripheral vascular procedures and Hybrid surgical/ endovascular procedures, the Cathlabs here are the first to have the option of ‘Clarity’, an ingenious system that reduces the radiation dose by upto 70%, which is of significant benefit to the patients. The functions of the unit include:
Biplane Cath Lab
Bi Plane Cath Labs are capable of capturing 3D images in real time, and come with added components like 3D road mapping and post processing to help neurovascular procedures. It can perform interventional procedures in lesser time with lesser usage of contrast, in comparison to single plane.
Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)
A type of Fluoroscopy technique used in interventional radiology to clearly visualise blood vessels in a bony or dense soft tissue environment, images are generated using contrast medium by subtracting a ‘pre-contrast image’. Very helpful in diagnosing Neurological problems, the advantage of DSA is that the interference of bony structures can be eliminated.
3D Rotational Angiography
3D rotational angiography provides an image of a particular vessel or chamber while the camera rotates around the patient in a predefined arc, enabling viewing of the structure from multiple angles with a single injection of contrast medium, thereby saving the contrast load and its side effects. A faster procedure compared to conventional Angiography, it is beneficial for patients for whom dye load needs to be restricted and those who require abnormal kidney function test.
CT Like images
With the soft tissue imaging feature that provides enables CT like images, the patient need not to be sent for a CT examination separately. This is a great advantage for neurovascular cases where the mobility of the patient is restricted and timelines are crucial. Interventionist can access CT-like imaging right on the angio system and inturn the soft tissue, bone and other brain structures before, during, or after an interventional procedure. 3D soft tissue imaging supports diagnosis, planning, interventions and treatment follow-up.
Hybrid Cath Lab
In a hybrid application, the Cath lab doubles as an operating room so that a patient undergoing a cardiac cath procedure can have a surgery if required. Enabling the Doctor to address the patient needs quickly, eliminating the need to schedule an additional surgical procedure. As the hybrid cath lab can turn to any angle as required by the interventionist, and can be placed in the corner of the OT when not in use.
Most sophisticated Colour Doppler Systems with Liver Elastography, fusion and navigation for accurate Biopsy, Electronic 4D Imaging with lightweight probes for Cardiac, Radiology and Obstetric Studies. Also provides superior 4D images of the foetus
Department has many state-of-the-art Ultrasound Scanners available for 4D imaging, non-invasive monitoring of liver parenchymal disease with ARFI (Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse) imaging, with sophisticated image fusion capability to aid accurate guided procedures.
Ultrasound Machines with multi modality image fusion (like CT and MRI) capability and accurate needle tracking.