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Hi-tech machines for breast cancer detection in Nagaland

In what has come as good news for the women of the state, a Mammography unit – the first of its kind in the state – has been installed at Nikos Hospital & Research Centre here. The machine, along with other hi-tech equipments including C.T Scan, Dialysis Machine, Digital X-Ray, URS and a well-equipped neo-natal ICU, were formally dedicated this morning.
With the installation of the Mammography unit, women now have the opportunity to go for early detection of breast cancer without having to go outside the state. Doctors at Nikos Hospital say Mammography can detect cancer when they are not clinically palpable and that it can differentiate between malignant and non-malignant tumours. Suspicious lesions on mammography are either biopsied or followed up to look for their progression.

Mammography is a safe, non-invasive and a relatively reliable tool to screen for breast cancer, the doctors say adding mammography combined with breast self-examination is perhaps the best way to diagnose breast cancer early, thus improving survival rates. Explaining the process followed, they say it is the process of using low-energy X-Rays to examine the human breast and is used as a diagnostic and screening tool.

Annual screening through Mammography is usually recommended annually for women above 40 or 50 years, they say. The Mammography unit at Nikos Hospital is being manned by a qualified and experienced radiologist. Meanwhile, with the joining of an ICU consultant, the ICU at Nikos Hospital has been functioning for the past two months where critically-ill patients are being treated. Dialysis and ventilator machines have also been added to the ICU.

Apart from this, the hospital boasts of a fully-equipped Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Nursery with facilities to treat premature babies, neo-natal jaundice and Septicaemic babies. Other new additions to the hospital include C.T Scan, Digital X-Ray, URS (Uretero renoscopy) and Cystoscopy for the diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones.

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