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A seminar on high end diagnostic aids and processes

A seminar on high end diagnostic aids and processes

In keeping with its firm belief that accurate diagnosis is the very basis of effective treatment and cure the Sri Nathella Sampathu Chetty Clinical laboratory, Sankara Nethralaya and the Sankara Nethralaya Academy took the next step in pursuit of diagnostic perfection through a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme comprising an in-depth seminar on diagnostics and lab practices at the V.D Swami Auditorium to share and explore the latest developments in clinical diagnosis. Titled ‘Leveraging technology and laboratory practices for better patient care” the seminar sponsored by the ortho- clinical diagnostic division of Johnson&Johnson provided a great platform for diagnostic and clinical professionals belonging to different branches and developers of diagnostic aids to take a fresh look at the efficacy of existing diagnostic practices and tools, improving the same  and the scope for bringing about advancements in both products and processes for better and quicker diagnosis.

The seminar evoked a strong and enthusiastic response from a cross section of diagnostic professionals comprising pathologists, microbiologists and biochemists representing leading health care and diagnostic centers like Madras Medical College, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Madras Medical Mission, MV Diabetes clinic, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Dr Mohan’s diabetic clinic, Sri Muthukumaran Medial College, Child Trust Hospital, Madras Diabetic and Research Foundation, Micro Therapeutic research, Hitech labs, Post Graduate Institute of behavioral and Medical Sciences.

The proceedings started on an auspicious note with the lighting of the Kuthu vilakku by Dr S.B Vasanthi, Director, Sri Nathella Sampathu Chetty Clinical laboratory. This was followed by an inaugural address by Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman Sankara Nethralaya highlighting the institution’s commitment to diagnostic perfection and the significance of conducting the seminar. Senior General Manager, Sankara Nethralaya and Registrar, Sankara Nethralaya Academy Ms Akila Ganesan extended  a warm welcome to the dignitaries and attendees and gave an interesting note on the diagnostic and clinical services offered by Sankara Nethralaya. Dr HN Madhavan, President, Vision Research Foundation extended a special welcome to Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya and the driving force and pioneer of its diagnostic initiatives after which the Chief Guest Dr Cheirmaraj, Technical manager-TM, Ortho Clinical Services, Johnson&Johnson was honoured.

The seminar witnessed the delivery of in-depth lectures on their respective areas of specialization ranging from State of the Art equipment, approach to error calculation in diagnosis, various diagnostic processes, and importance of genetic testing by experts in these fields. A good number of participants took a tour of Sankara Nethralaya’s diagnostic facilities after the seminar, they were highly impressed by the State of the Art equipment and processes and evinced great interest in ‘The Manual for Laboratory techniques’ an authentic and authoritative work on the subject published by Sankara Nethralaya.

This first of its kind meeting on diagnostics was very well received by the participants and drew rich appreciation from Johnson&Johnon the sponsor of the event. It also helped in creating high degree of awareness for the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, build a good database of clinicians and diagnostic professionals and gave a high degree of exposure to the BS and MS MLT students to the world of advanced diagnostics. The Mittal family sponsored the snacks and lunch on the occasion and came for praise by all the participants for their thoughtful gesture.

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