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Exclusive centre on liver to be opened

Published: 16th March 2013 11:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2013 11:39 AM   |  A+A-

The Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital on Friday announced the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Gastrointestinal, Liver and Pancreatobiliary Sciences.

The first of its kind in the State, it will be a one-stop holistic care centre offering the latest in treatment and diagnostics with gastro-intestinal and liver diseases. It will be inaugurated by Health Minister Damodar Rout on Saturday.

The Centre will bring the most advanced technologies like ERCP, Endoscopic Ultrasonograhy, balloon enteroscopy, nasal gastroscopy, capsule endoscopy, ERBE jet, narrow band imaging, high resolution manometry, PH metry and breath test.

Endoscopic ultrasonography, a tool to diagnose pancreatic disorders and stage tumours; ERBE Jet, a hybrid knife for safe dissection of early cancers; capsule endoscopy, a non-invasive method to diagnose lesions in small intestine and Balloon enteroscopy that helps to visualise small intestine and perform therapeutic procedures  are first in the State, head of the Centre Dr Manoj Kumar Sahu told mediapersons.Marking another first in the State, an exclusive unit for paediatric gastroenterology with state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology like Paediatric Scope will also function under the Centre.

The Centre is managed by a team of doctors led by Dr Sahu while one of the leading gastroenterologists of the country Prof SC Samal, presently with JIPMER, Pudducherry, will join from April 1. The paediatric gastroenterology unit is manned by Dr Pratap Behera.

The Centre would be further developed to be able to conduct liver transplants. Efforts are also on to start DM courses in gastroenterology and pancreatobiliary sciences at the Centre which would go a long way in building trained manpower in the superspeciality area, Dean, IMS and Sum Hospital Prof DK Ray said.

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