Ultrasound tests: Path set for training MBBS docs
The decision was taken in a recent meeting of the the Central Supervisory Board (CSB) to implement the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act.
The decision is also important in that this is for the first time the Board has said merit will decide which MBBS doctor will conduct ultrasound tests.
The policy decision was taken at a meeting in New Delhi, chaired by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and attended by representatives from various states.
Hailing the move, several radiologists including the former president of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association Dr Harsh Mahajan said the PC-PNDT Act had come into force in 1996 and permitted only registered medical practitioners ‘with six-month training’ to conduct ultrasound examinations but clarity on the issue was lacking.
“Who should conduct the training and where? There was no clear cut definition of this. Now, after 17 years, the CSB has finally decided to put in place a structured course and define who should conduct the training,” Mahajan said.
Dr Jignesh Thakker, PC-PNDT coordinator for IRIA told Newsline it was an important decision as most ultrasound machines belong to non-radiologists. There needs to be proper training, in a structured manner, doctors pointed out.
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