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Tata Main Hospital inaugurates Bone Densitometry (DXA) Machine

Jamshedpur, April 04, 2017

A state of the art Bone Densitometry (DXA) machine was inaugurated in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Tata Main Hospital by Mr Sanjiv Koul, Chairman and MD, Timken India in presence of Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel. The event was organised on Monday, 3rd April, 2017. The idea for establishing the machine was mooted and fully supported by Mrs Rupa Mahanty, Independent Director, Timken India.

The machine measures bone mineral density (BMD) and helps in the diagnosis of osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease resulting in weakening of bones and frequent fractures. Women are particularly prone to develop osteoporosis and Indian women are further susceptible to it due to poor nutrition.

There are approximately 0.26 DXA machines per 1 million of the Indian population and very few of these are based at the government hospitals, a fact which further limits patient access.

Air Marshal (Dr) Rajan Chaudhry (Retd), General Manager (Medical Services), Tata Steel, said that the newly installed DXA machine will fulfill a long standing need in Jamshedpur by offering screening and diagnostic facility for women with suspected osteoporosis or for those on treatment and requiring follow up.