Thursday, January 07, 2016

Why Indian heart patients cannot benefit from the latest medical advances

Newer digital stethoscopes enable doctors to not only listen to heart sounds and record them, but handheld devices provide high-resolution ultrasound that can actually “see” what’s wrong with the heart. “Why do you want to still focus on these heart sounds that provide very indirect information and secondary acoustic events?” asks Eric Topol, MD, chief academic officer of Scripps Health in San Diego and a practicing cardiologist.

Sadly, Indian patients and doctors will never be able to benefit from these advances, because the PCPNDT Act bans the use of portable ultrasound devices !

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